Gymnast Kate Richardson Earns NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
May 3, 2006
UCLA gymnast Kate Richardson has been awarded a postgraduate scholarship of $7,500 by the NCAA. The Bruin senior co-captain recently concluded her outstanding career by capturing her third NCAA individual title with a victory on the floor exercise at the national championships.
Richardson is a 13-time All-American who led UCLA to two NCAA team titles (2003 and 2004) and won three individual titles in her career (2006 floor exercise, 2003 uneven bars and balance beam). She was selected the 2006 Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year and was a finalist for both the Honda Award and the AAI American Award, which honors the nation's top senior gymnast. As a freshman, she was the 2003 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year as well as the conference all-around and floor exercise champion. She scored 10 perfect 10s in her career and holds the school records on vault, beam and floor. Richardson is one of only two female gymnasts ever to compete at the Olympic Games as a collegiate athlete, and in her second Olympics in 2004, she became the first Canadian woman ever to qualify for event finals on floor exercise, where she placed seventh.
Academically, Richardson, a psychobiology major from Coquitlam, BC, is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American and a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic and NACGC/W Scholastic All-America selection.
Richardson is the fourth UCLA gymnast to receive a NCAA postgraduate scholarship, joining Jill Andrews (1989-90), Onnie Willis (2002-03) and Kristin Parker (2002-03). UCLA has now produced 61 NCAA postgraduate scholarship winners.
To qualify for an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall grade-point average of 3.200 (on a 4.000 scale) or its equivalent, 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 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.