Nebraska Wesleyan University cross country/track & field athlete Brian Copley was one of the 29 men in the nation in all divisions selected to receive a $7,500 postgraduate scholarship from the NCAA for the spring 2010 sports season.
Nebraska Wesleyan now has 40 athletes that have earned NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships, which is fifth among Division III schools. In the past four years, NWU student-athletes have earned the scholarship 12 times with 10 of those award winners being coached by Dr. Ted Bulling in cross country, indoor & outdoor track & field.
This is the second straight major academic award that Copley has won in the past two weeks, as he was named a First-Team CoSIDA/Academic All-American last week.
Copley (Syracuse, Neb.) graduated from NWU with a 4.00 GPA in History and Political Science. He was a standout in both cross country and track & field earning three All-GPAC awards in cross country and 12 All-GPAC awards in track & field during his career.
This fall he will attend law school at the University of Nebraska.
Fifty-eight scholarships (29 men and 29 women) were awarded to spring sports participants in all three NCAA divisions.
To qualify for an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, a student-athlete must meet minimum GPA requirements and have performed with distinction as a member of the varsity team in the sport in which he or she 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.