The Southern Conference has announced that tennis player Savannah Taranto, a recent graduate of Western Carolina, is one of 10 recipients of a Southern Conference post-graduate scholarship.
The student-athletes will be honored for their accomplishments at the Southern Conference Honors Dinner on Tuesday in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Taranto, who is from Raleigh, is one of two recipients of a Southern Conference Presidential Scholarship. She finished her career with the most doubles wins (41) in program history, playing primarily from the No. 1 position the last three seasons.
A conference all-freshman selection in 2016, Taranto was the only Lady Cat to appear in all 23 matches that season. After playing primarily at No. 4 singles that year, she split time between No. 1 and 2 as a sophomore.
A team captain and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representative, Taranto volunteered with her teammates at area schools, meeting children before school started and walking and interacting with them. She was a volunteer tennis coach for pre-teens all four years she was at WCU.
Taranto compiled a 3.908 GPA as a pre-health biology major, earning scholar-athlete honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association from 2016-18 and meeting the qualifications to make it four straight seasons being honored when awards are announced next month. She is also a member of the Western Carolina Honors College.
Taranto, who became a licensed certified nursing assistant and worked in the memory care unit of a nursing home to complete clinical requirements, intends to become a physician assistant, a desire that was solidified when she lost two of her closest friends last year, one to cancer and one to complications from severe seizures. She will begin attending Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in June.