Eight NCAC winter sports student-athletes have been awarded one of the prestigious NCAA postgraduate scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year.
Denison swimmers Spencer Fronk (Greenwood Village, CO/Cherry Creek) and Carlos Maciel (Recife, Brazil/Colegio Marista Sao Luis) along with Alex Longi (Cincinnati, OH/St. Xavier) who was a member of the basketball squad earned postgraduate scholarships. The Big Red now have 47 individuals who have received the scholarship since its inception in 1964.
Swimmer Jack Burgeson (Saint Louis Park, MN/Saint Louis Park) and women’s basketball standout Alex Gasaway (Crawfordsville, IN/Crawfordsville) of DePauw were two of just 58 winter student-athletes to earn the distinguished scholarship.
Rounding out the NCAC recipients are Kenyon swimmers Andrew Chevalier (Golden, CO/Home schooled) and Syd Lindblom (Charlotte, NC/Providence Day) as well as women’s basketball member Maureen Hirt (Bloomington, IN/Bloomington North). Kenyon now ranks second all-time among NCAA Division III institutions with 65 scholarship award winners.
The NCAA annually awards 174 postgraduate scholarships, 87 for men, 87 for women, in the amount of $7,500 to student-athletes who have excelled academically and athletically, and are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition.
Nominees must maintain at least a 3.2 grade-point average and perform with distinction in varsity competition. The student-athletes must also intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a part-time or full-time graduate student.
The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship was created in 1964 to promote and encourage postgraduate education by rewarding the Association's most accomplished student-athletes through their participation in NCAA championship and/or emerging sports. Athletics and academic achievements, as well as campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership, are evaluated. An equitable approach is employed in reviewing each applicant's nomination form to provide opportunity to all student-athlete nominees to receive the postgraduate award, regardless of sport, division, gender or race. In maintaining the highest broad-based standards in the selection process, the program aims to reward those individuals whose dedication and effort are reflective of those characteristics necessary to succeed and thrive through postgraduate study in an accredited graduate degree program.