June 29, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale golf captain Mark Matza (Southbury, Conn.) has been awarded one of the NCAA's prestigious Postgraduate Scholarships.
Matza, who graduated in May with a degree in biology, competed in all ten tournaments for the Bulldogs with a round average of 75.3. The Academic All-Ivy selection had four top-10 finishes, including a second-place at the George Washington Invitational.
Matza was among 58 student-athletes in spring sports who were awarded the $7,500 scholarships. He and Dartmouth men's lacrosse player Nick Bonacci were the only Ivy Leaguers selected.
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. In maintaining the highest standards in the selection process, the program aims to reward individuals whose dedication and effort are reflective of those characteristics necessary to succeed and thrive through postgraduate study in an accredited graduate degree program.
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 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 all sports in the fall. Selections are made three times each academic year. The application must be submitted during the appropriate seasonal category for the sport to the NCAA National Office. Candidates are screened by seven regional selection committees, and the award recipients are selected by the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee.
The scholarships are given to 29 male and 29 female student-athletes in all three NCAA divisions who participated in spring sports (baseball, men's and women's golf, men's lacrosse, women's rowing, softball, men's and women's tennis and men's and women's outdoor track and field) this academic year.
The NCAA also awarded 116 postgraduate scholarships to student-athletes participating in fall and winter sports in which the NCAA conducts championships or participates in as an emerging sport, for a total of 174 postgraduate scholarships annually.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity