UVA Student-Athletes Named 2024-25 T. Rodney Crowley Scholarship Recipients

April 4, 2024 By , ,

University of Virginia men’s lacrosse midfielder Noah Chizmar and women’s track sprinter Marlee Morgan have been named co-recipients of the 2024-25 T. Rodney Crowley Jr. Memorial Scholarship. 

Awarded to accomplished student-athletes who demonstrate leadership, sportsmanship, character and integrity, the Crowley Scholarship provides the equivalent of full in-state tuition for the recipient’s undergraduate fourth year. 

Chizmar, from Baltimore, is a third-year student in UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce with a concentration in management and a minor in IT. A dean’s list student, he has been named to the ACC Athletics Academic Honor Roll every semester since enrolling at the University. 

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At UVA, Chizmar was named a preseason All-American by USA Lacrosse Magazine and Inside Lacrosse. Off the field, he has a strong record of community involvement. He is a member of the Student Athletes Advisory Committee and participates in the Citizen Leader and Sports Ethics Community Impact Fellowship program, helping empower student-athletes to address issues including balancing competitive sports pressures with academic responsibilities, and social and emotional wellbeing. He also works in Charlottesville as an ambassador with the Yellow Door Foundation, which prepares apartments for the families of children who are experiencing life-threatening illnesses.

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USA Lacrosse Magazine and Inside Lacrosse named Chizmar a preseason All-American. (Contributed photo)

“We all face obstacles and Noah goes straight at them,” men’s lacrosse coach Lars Tiffany said. “Noah is a man who leads himself and others up the mountain, using his voice of reason with his peers while being an astute listener. He is selfless with a tremendous sense of respect for others; he is a dedicated friend, a peerless teammate and a budding leader. I could think of no one better than Noah to carry on the exceptional torch of the Crowley legacy.”

Morgan is in her third year at the McIntire School of Commerce, with a concentration in marketing and management. She is a McIntire Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Intern and assists in developing programs to engage the McIntire student body. As a UVA Commerce Cohort Mentor, she also helps first-year students facilitate trusting relationships through clear communication and appropriate boundaries. 

Morgan spent her first two years at UVA as the track and field team manager, never losing sight of her goal to become a member of the team. By her third year, her work turned the dream to a reality, and she is now one of the team’s top four sprinters. Her service as team manager proved so inspiring that she received the inaugural Marlee Morgan Service Award, created by the Department of Athletics to recognize a student-manager whose perseverance, commitment and work ethic inspires others. 

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In her three years at UVA, Morgan has gone from being the track and field team manager to being one of the team’s top sprinters. (Contributed photo)

“The inspiration and integrity she has infused into our team has been truly remarkable,” LaRon Bennett, UVA’s sprints and hurdles coach, said. “It is said that the true character of a person is seen when nobody is looking. It has been a true privilege to play a small role in her life. I can think of no other person that would be honored to receive this scholarship.”

The T. Rodney Crowley Jr. Memorial Scholarship was established in 1991 to honor the rising fourth-year student who best exemplifies the qualities and characteristics of its namesake. 

Remembered as the consummate student, athlete, coach and friend, Crowley played varsity tennis all four years at UVA and captained the team before competing professionally. After completing his degree from the College of Arts & Sciences in 1980, he coached UVA women’s tennis to a 15-9 season and a state championship in 1981. Crowley was a member of Zeta Psi fraternity, the Z Society and T.I.L.K.A. He died of brain cancer in 1991. 

Nominations for the Crowley Scholarship were submitted early in the spring semester. A committee of Crowley Scholarship Trustees, comprising University alumni – including friends and family of Crowley, several of whom are past winners of the award, interviewed the finalists. 

For information, visit crowleyscholarship.com.  

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