Two NESCAC Spring Student-Athletes Receive Postgraduate Scholarship from the NCAA

Courtesy NCAA

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Two NESCAC spring student-athletes have received a postgraduate scholarship from the NCAA. Elizabeth Guernsey (Essex, Conn.), a member of the Trinity women's rowing team, along with Gabe Wood (Tacoma, Wash.), a member of the Middlebury men's lacrosse team, have earned a scholarship to use towards graduate studies. Guernsey recently received a degree in economics and public policy and law from Trinity, while Wood graduated from Middlebury this past spring with an economics degree.

A four-year starting rower on the Trinity First Varsity Eight, Guernsey served as captain for the Bantams for last three seasons, helping her squad qualify for the NCAA Championship Regatta in each of her four years. Trinity earned NESCAC Women's Rowing titles in 2004 and 2005, along with the NCAA Varsity Eight Championship in 2005. Guernsey received Collegiate Rowing Coaches All-America honors for the first time in her career this past spring. Academically, Guernsey is a two-time NESCAC Spring All-Academic selection and a CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District and College Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar Athlete. Guernsey was recently nominated by the NESCAC for the 2006 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

Wood capped his career at Middlebury this year by receiving NESCAC All-Conference First Team honors for the first time in his career, along with being named a USILA First Team All-American. A defenseman for the Panthers, Wood netted two goals, three assists, and 35 ground balls through 17 games this past spring. His most memorable goal of the season came during the final of the 2006 NESCAC Men's Lacrosse Championship, going end-to-end and scoring as time expired to lift Middlebury to a 10-9 win and a sixth consecutive NESCAC Men's Lacrosse title. Wood is also a two-time NESCAC Spring All-Academic selection. It is the second year in a row that a member of the Middlebury men's lacrosse team has received a postgraduate scholarship from the NCAA, as Will Rawson earned a postgraduate scholarship from the NCAA last spring.

The NCAA has awarded 58 postgraduate scholarships of $7,500 each to 29 men and 29 women who participated in spring sports, which include baseball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, women's rowing, softball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's outdoor track and field, men's volleyball, women's synchronized swimming and women's water polo.

In addition to the spring sport honorees, the NCAA also awarded 116 postgraduate scholarships to student-athletes participating in fall and winter sports in which the NCAA conducts championships or is 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 information is sent to faculty athletics representatives, athletics directors, senior women administrators and conference commissioners of NCAA member institutions in September for fall sports, in January for winter sports and in March for spring sports. Selections are made three times each academic year. The nominations must be submitted during the appropriate seasonal category for the sport. Candidates are screened by seven regional selection committees, and the award recipients are selected by the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee.

For more information about the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Program, go to www.ncaa.org, select Academics & Athletes, then select Scholarships & Internships.