Feb. 27, 2008
STANFORD, Calif.- Four Stanford student-athletes have earned NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships, awarded to fall sports participants who will receive one-time, nonrenewable grants of $7,500.
Neftalem Araia (men's cross country), Rachel Buehler (women's soccer), Sandy Hohener (men's water polo) and Arianna Lambie (women's cross country) represent Stanford among the 58 NCAA student-athletes (29 men and 29 women) honored for the award. Stanford's four selections are the most of any institution included among the awardees.
The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. The Association awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women.
Araia has been a four-time NCAA All-American, including a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships in 2006. He was also the 2006 West Regional champion and the 2006 Regional Athlete of the Year. He has also been named Academic All-Pac-10, Academic All-American, and All-Academic Cross Country Athlete of the Year. Araia finished sixth at the NCAA West Region meet and 50th at the NCAA Championships to lead the Cardinal this season. He has also achieved a 3.44 combined GPA for his degree in communications as well as the beginning of his graduate work in sociology.
A three-time captain, Buehler was an All-Pac-10 first-team selection and a 2007 Hermann Trophy semifinalist. She is a U.S. National Team pool player, a U-21 National Team member and has represented the United States in three Nordic Cup tournaments. The National Soccer Coaches Association of America first-team All-America Scholar Athlete was chosen as the ESPN Academic All-American of the Year. Buehler, who graduated in December 2007, has volunteered at local elementary schools, at a home for the elderly and with Special Olympics.
Hohener boasts a superlative cumulative grade-point average of 4.079 through the fall 2007 quarter while majoring in civil engineering. Over his four-year career, Hohener made 529 saves and earned All-America honors three times for his efforts. Taking over in the cage as a sophomore in 2005, Hohener stopped 171 shots over Stanford's run to the NCAA title game, garnering second-team All-America honors. His reliability in the cage over the past two seasons was a boon to Stanford's top-four finishes at the MPSF Tournament and rise to No. 2 in the national polls in 2007. Hohener also earned a special trifecta of honors as a sophomore and again as a senior, garnering All-America, All-MPSF and MPSF All-Academic accolades in 2005 and 2007.
Lambie led the Cardinal with a ninth place finish at the NCAA Championships to lead the Cardinal to its third straight team title. Lambie's decorated career includes four Pac-10, Regional, and National team championships. She was the 2006 Pac-10 and West Regional Champion and 2006 Pac-10 and Regional Athlete of the Year. She has also been named Academic All-Pac-10 and Academic All-American. Lambie is a 12-time All-American. She has a 3.98 GPA while majoring in earth systems. Lambie also played an instrumental part in the Cardinal women being awarded the USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team of the Year.
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. For more information about the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships, go to the Diversity and Inclusion link under the About the NCAA tab at www.ncaa.org.