Student Pride

Big Hitter Lands NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Marcia Kennedy

Marcia Kennedy (’11) of Omaha, Neb., earned a $6,000 NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics toward a master’s degree in athletic training.

The 2011 Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC softball player of the year is also a three-time All-GPAC selection. Kennedy was one of just 26 athletes in the nation in all divisions to receive the NCAA Postgraduate award. Only two NCAA Division III student-athletes earned the scholarship this year.

The Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics programs was developed by the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics and the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee.

Boren Scholar Talks Turkish

Lesley DuddenThe Boren Scholarship provides $20,000 to undergraduates to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. The scholarship will allow Lesley Dudden’s return to Turkey where she will study the Turkish language and international relations at Bogazici University, one of the country’s premier public universities.

“Turkey is a country I can’t seem to get my mind off of,” said the senior political science and global studies major from Venango, Neb. “I have missed it since I left.”

Dudden first traveled to Turkey after winning the prestigious Critical Language Scholarship to study there as a sophomore. She returned to Turkey as a foreign exchange student in the fall of 2009. Last summer, Dudden was selected to attend the G8 and G20 summits in Canada where she met President Barack Obama who then introduced her to the prime minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan (see Fall 2010 Archways).

Thai Studies Serve as an Exercise in Good Health

Matthew EmertonOne of only 151 students to be awarded the $20,000 Boren Scholarship, Matthew Emerton (’11) of Burwell, Neb., will enroll in Chulalongkorn University’s Intensive Thai Language Program in Bangkok. This is Emerton’s second study trip to Thailand.

“As an exercise science major, I’d always been unsure as to what I wanted to do for a career,” he said. “I’ve bounced around from pursuing careers in physical therapy, optometry and other areas of health and medicine.”

Emerton now plans to pursue a master’s degree in public health with an emphasis in global health and health disparities. He hopes to one day work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

NCAA Scholarship Sweetens Lost Season

Jackie SpeltsAn injury may have kept Jackie Spelts (’11) from competing during her final outdoor track and field season, but that didn’t stop her from earning a rare accolade. The health and fitness studies major from Burwell, Neb., was one of just 29 student-athletes to take home a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

The 2010 Lincoln Journal Star State College Female Athlete of the Year is a three-time All-American with seven GPAC championships to her name. She is the 42nd Prairie Wolf to earn the $7,500 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship—a total that ranks NWU fifth in NCAA Division III.

To qualify for an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, a student-athlete must meet minimum GPA requirements and have performed with distinction in varsity sports. 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.