Our mission in the Office of Academic Support for Athletics is to provide supplemental academic support for all varsity student-athletes at Villanova University in a manner that addresses their unique academic needs.
Primary academic advising and support are received from the faculty advisor assigned to each student-athlete from his or her home college, school or department. Academic progress will be monitored constantly to assure that NCAA and university rules and regulations are met and progress is being made towards graduation. The Academic Support staff will act as a liaison between the academic and athletic communities and address any problems that may arise. The Tutorial Assistance Program and the Tiered Mentoring Program, provided by the Office of Academic Support, insure academic success for all student-athletes.
Jessica Wamala of Women's Basketball Earns the Prestigious Rhodes Scholarship
Jessica Wamala was one of the 32 American men and women chosen as Rhodes Scholars recipients. Jessica joins Nnenna Lynch and Becky Spies as the only other Villanova student-athletes to receive the award. In May of 2013, Jessica graduated magna cum laude with a triple major in political science, Arab and Islamic studies, and global interdisciplinary studies. Currently, Jessica is pursuing a MA in political science. Prior to receiving the Rhodes Scholarship, Jessica received the Harry S. Truman Scholarship and the Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship, and was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa National Honors Fraternity for Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Jessica was also a Rangel Scholar and interned at the US Embassy Belgrade in Serbia, as well as the State Department Office’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. Jessica also does substantial volunteering with the homeless in Philadelphia.
Jessica is a current 5th year graduate student on the Women’s Basketball team and is a 2013-14 team co-captain. Jessica will be studying modern middle eastern studies at the University of Oxford in England to prepare for a career in Foreign Service as a political officer.
Tuesday, December 10 - Friday class schedule
Thursday, December 12 - Final day of classes
Thursday, December 12 - OAS Study Party
Friday, December 13 - Reading Day
Saturday, December 15 - Friday, December 20 - Final exams
Thursday, January 2 - Final grades due
Writing Tutor: Sunday-Thursday: 7pm-10pm
Sunday, December 15-Thursday, December 19: 4pm-8pm
Writing Tutor: Sunday, December 15-Thursday, December 19: 5pm-8pm
November Student-Athlete of the Month
Jessica Wamala, Women's Basketball
Each month, the Office of Academic Support for Athletics selects a student-athlete that best embodies the true definition of a "student-athlete." A student-athlete is chosen based on their dedication to achieving strong academic excellence and their superior athletic performance.
Congratulations to Jessica Wamala for being named November's Student-Athlete of the Month! Jessica is a 5th year graduate student on the Women's Basketball team who graduated in May 2013 magna cum laude with a triple major in political science, Arab and Islamic studies, and global interdisciplinary studies. Jess is now pursuing her MA in political science. Most notably, Jess recently became the 3rd Villanova student-athlete of all-time to earn the prestigious, world-renowned Rhodes Scholarship. Jess plans to study modern middle eastern studies at the University of Oxford in England to prepare for a career in the Foreign Service as a political officer. Jess is also a captain of the undefeated Women's Basketball team who take on Big 5 rival St. Joseph's on Saturday, December 7th at 2:00 PM.