May 2, 2007
The NCAA has awarded three Stanford student-athletes, who participated in winter sports in the 2006-07 season, postgraduate scholarships of $7, 500 each. These awardees include Peter Derman of men's gymnastics, Matt Crowe and Ben Wildman-Tobriner of men's swimming and diving.
The NCAA awards 58 postgraduate scholarships of $7,500 each to 29 male student-athletes and 29 female student-athletes who participate in winter sports including men's and women's basketball, men's fencing, men's and women's gymnastics, women's ice hockey, women's rifle, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's indoor track and field and wrestling. In addition to the winter sport honorees, the NCAA also awards 116 postgraduate scholarships to student-athletes participating in fall and spring sports for a total of 174 postgraduate scholarships annually.
Derman, a senior from Dallas, Texas, earned All-American status and helped lead the men's gymnastics team to a third-place finish at the NCAA Team Final in the 2006 season. Derman was also named a Nissen-Emery Award Finalist for his outstanding achievements both in the gym and in the classroom. Crowe, a senior from Phoenix, Arizona helped the Cardinal to a second place finish at the NCAA Championships, while also being named a Pac-10 Academic All-American. Wildman-Tobriner, a senior from San Francisco, Calif., had an amazing NCAA meet taking home six All-American honors and Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year. Wildman-Tobriner also represented the U.S. at the FINA World Championships in Australia, where he earned gold medals in the 50-meter freestyle and as a member of the 400-meter freestyle relay team.
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. The program aims to reward those individuals whose dedication and effort are reflective of those characteristics necessary to succeed and thrive through postgraduate study in an accredited graduate degree program.
To qualify for an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, athletics and academic achievements, as well as campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership, are evaluated. A student-athlete must have an overall grade-point average of 3.200 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 also must intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time of part-time graduate student.