Heather Watts Awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
March 17, 2005
INDIANAPOLIS - Senior setter Heather has received yet another distinguished honor as she is one of just 56 student-athletes--28 males and 28 females-- nationwide, to be awarded a $7,500 postgraduate scholarships by the NCAA.
The postgraduate scholarships of $7,500 each are awarded to student-athletes who participated in fall sports, which included women's badminton (emerging sport), men's and women's cross country, women's field hockey, football, women's rugby (emerging sport), men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball and men's water polo.
In addition to the fall sport honorees, the NCAA also awards 116 postgraduate scholarships to student-athletes participating in winter and spring sports in which the NCAA conducts championships or participates in as an emerging sport, for a total of 174 postgraduate scholarships annually.
To qualify for an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall grade-point average of 3.200 (on a 4.000 scale) or its equivalent and must have performed with distinction as a member of the varsity team in the sport in which the student-athlete was nominated. The student-athlete must have behaved, both on and off the field, in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics. The student-athlete also must intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time or part-time graduate student.
Nomination forms are sent to faculty athletics representatives for fall sports in September, for winter sports in late November, and for spring sports in January. Selections are made three times each academic year. The application must be submitted during the appropriate seasonal category for the sport to the appropriate regional committee chair. Candidates are screened by seven regional selection committees, and the award recipients are selected by the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee.