The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) awarded Charlotte Marks ’23.5 the Division III National Scholar Award. The NFHCA created the award in 2014 to honor the All-American with the highest cumulative GPA through the first semester of the academic year. Marks, with her 3.97 GPA and molecular biology and biochemistry major, is the first Middlebury athlete to win the prize.
Marks is no stranger to success at Middlebury. As a defender on the field hockey team, Marks has been integral to the program’s dominance as they won their fifth consecutive national title this fall. She’s been named to the NFHCA National Academic Team twice, made it onto the NFHCA First-Team All-Region the past two seasons, is a three-time NESCAC All-Academic and was a part of the All NESCAC Second-Team this past season.
“Coach DeLorenzo always emphasizes that ‘student’ comes first in ‘student-athlete’ and supports us in all of our academic endeavors,” Marks said. “Despite the busy schedule and traveling during the fall season, I have always been one for which athletics helps my academic performance.”
On the field, she helped defend a 0.54 average goals against for Middlebury along with 13 shutouts this past season. Except for the team’s goalkeeper, nobody played more than her 1,215 minutes on the field.
In addition to her time on the field hockey team, Marks works at the Middlebury Snow Bowl as a member of Ski Patrol in the winter. She’s on the pre-med track and has interned at Porter Medical Center, Tufts Medical Center, Chiamas Inc. and Elucid Bioimaging Inc.
“Another part of our team that I find really special is how much respect our coach gives to our time during the off season. Yes, we still have to train and stay in shape, but she makes sure that we prioritize being involved in activities and clubs outside of field hockey,” Marks explained. “At the end of the day, this allows our team to come together and share our outside experiences with each other, which helps build a robust culture. ”