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VCSU alumna starts scholarship endowment for softball and volleyball

Jan 3, 2019

The VCSU Foundation and VCSU athletic department announced today that Tracy and Corey McGillis have started a scholarship endowment to fund annual scholarships for VCSU softball and volleyball student-athletes.

Tracy (Baily) McGillis, a native of Oak River, Manitoba, is a 1997 graduate of Valley City State University, where she competed in both softball and volleyball while obtaining her degree. McGillis was inducted into the Viking Hall of Fame in 2018. Tracy says her experience at VCSU prompted her and her husband to fund a scholarship endowment for other female student-athletes.

“It is our hope that this endowment will provide the same opportunities that I had to fulfill my dream of playing college sports and earning a degree,” she said. “My time at VCSU was the time of my life. I believe in VCSU and the quality of their athletic programs and education. We are looking forward to seeing what the future will bring, not only for some deserving athletes but VCSU as well.”

The Tracy and Corey McGillis Scholarship is intended for female student-athletes at VCSU who are leaders and mentors on and off the field or court. Recipients must be a member of the Viking softball or volleyball teams and have a 3.25 grade point average. Recipients must be a student of good character who is demonstrating strong academic promise. Preference will be given to student-athletes from Canada. If there are no eligible Canadian athletes then second preference will be given to a North Dakota athlete.

“We are extremely grateful to Tracy and Corey for their tremendous generosity and decision to leave a lasting impact on VCSU and our women’s athletic programs,” said Jill DeVries, VCSU athletic director. “This gift is an investment in future VCSU students that will provide support toward their goal of competing in intercollegiate athletics while attaining a degree from VCSU.”

Valley City State University is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and a conference member of the North Star Athletic Association. VCSU fields 14 intercollegiate athletic teams in the sports of volleyball, softball, track and field, cross country, basketball, golf, baseball and football.