Contributions courtesy of the Kenyon & Wittenberg Sports Information Departments
The NCAA recently announced its 2016-17 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients for the fall sports season and two of the 58 athletes on the list hailed from an NCAC school, including former Kenyon men's soccer player Sam Clougher (Dublin, Ireland/Berkshire School, MA) and former Wittenberg women's volleyball player Emily Kahlig (Coldwater, OH/Coldwater).
Clougher, a double major in history and economics, became just the third Lords men's soccer player to be awarded the one-time, non-renewable grant of $7,500 to help finance graduate school education. Away from the classroom, Clougher cemented himself as one of the all-time great goalkeepers in Kenyon history. He was a part of a senior class that posted a combined, four-year, record of 73-12-6 and won three North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) tournament titles, as well as two NCAC regular-season titles.
An All-American selection in 2014, Kahlig ended her career donning the red and white with 610 kills and 296 blocks, while guiding the Tigers to a 105-22 mark overall. She is the second female student-athlete and the sixth Tiger overall to earn one of the 174 annual scholarships awarded each year by the NCAA.
The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually. The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are at least in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition.
The one-time non-renewable scholarships of $7,500 are awarded three times a year corresponding to each sport season (fall, winter and spring). Each sports season there are 29 scholarships available for men and 29 scholarships available for women for use in an accredited graduate program.
The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship was created in 1964 to promote and encourage postgraduate education by rewarding the NCAA's most accomplished student-athletes. Nominees must maintain at least a 3.2 grade point average and perform with "distinction" in intercollegiate competition. The student-athlete must also intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a part-time or full-time graduate student.