Nebraska Wesleyan University track & field athlete Kevin Janata 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 winter 2010-11 sports season.
Nebraska Wesleyan now has 41 athletes that have earned NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships, which is fifth among Division III schools. In the past five years, NWU student-athletes have earned the scholarship 13 times with 11 of those award winners being coached by Dr. Ted Bulling in cross country, indoor & outdoor track & field.
Janata (Howells, Neb.) has a 3.84 GPA as a History/Social Science education major. This season Janata earned his second All-America honor as he placed fifth in the 55-meter hurdles at the 2011 NCAA III Indoor Track & Field Championships.
During the outdoor season, Janata currently has the fastest time in all of NCAA III in the 110 hurdles in a time of 14.24, which is tied for the third fastest time in NWU school history. He placed fourth in the 110 hurdles at the 2010 NCAA III Outdoor championships to earn his first All-American award. He is a 10-time All-GPAC performer and was the 2010 GPAC Champion in the 110 hurdles.
Last year, Janata became the first NWU athlete to earn the NCAA Elite 88 Award which was given to the athlete at the Track & Field Championships with the highest GPA.
Fifty-eight scholarships (29 men and 29 women) were awarded to winter 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.