Anderson University senior Sean Thompson, a member of the Anderson University men's cross country and track programs, has been awarded a NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship. Thompson, a native of Dundas, Ontario, Canada, will graduate in May with a degree in Biology, and plans to attend medical school in the U.S. this fall. Thompson has been named to the Dean's List seven times at Anderson and compiled a cumulative grade point average to date of 3.987.
The NCAA awarded 56 postgraduate scholarships of $7,500 each to 28 male student-athletes and 28 female 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.
Award recipients represent all three NCAA Divisions, and the fall honorees from Division III institutions included City College of New York, Emory University, Rhodes College and Washington University in St. Louis.
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.
Anderson University is a private, Christian, liberal arts institution of approximately 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs of study in business, education, nursing and theology.