Former Softball Standout Earns Prestigious Scholarship

Alumna Jane Purdy commissioned as Air Force officer
2011-08-09
By Diana Chamorro
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Photo Credit: Eric Badeau

Former Seattle University softball player Jane Purdy ‘08 has been awarded the prestigious Air Force Health Professions Scholarship. The two-year scholarship will cover tuition, books, equipment, fees and provide a monthly stipend for Purdy as she studies to become an optometrist.    

“I am really proud of Jane and very excited about her future endeavors,” said head softball coach Dan Powers. “She left her mark on SU softball and I have no doubt she will continue to do great things for our country through her opportunity with the Air Force.”    

Each recipient of the scholarship is commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps, where they are placed on inactive obligated reserve status during their final two years of optometry school. After graduating, Purdy will attend Commissioned Officer’s Training as a captain and then be on active duty as an optometrist in the Air Force.  

“She worked to earn this scholarship and it speaks volumes of her integrity, determination and hard work to be selected after a two year selection process,” said Powers. 

Purdy, a biology major, was a four-year starter and helped guide the Redhawks to great success as members of the NCAA Division II GNAC. She was a four-time All-GNAC, a three-time All-West Region selection and a three-time Academic All-GNAC recipient.