Jackie Nguyen Awarded NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship

June 26, 2007

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Jacqueline Nguyen, a 2007 graduate from the women's track and field team, has been awarded one of 58 post-graduate scholarships by the NCAA ($7500), it was announced on Tuesday. Nguyen was one of 15 track athletes across the country to receive one of the scholarships and was the only woman on the West Coast to receive the honor.

Nguyen was a 2004 All-American in the pole vault and ranks fifth all-time in Bruin history with a mark of 13-7.25. She was slated to compete at the NCAA Championships earlier this month, but an injury forced her to cut her season short. While at UCLA, Nguyen earned numerous academic accolades as she constantly maintained a high gpa while studying Physiological Science.

The NCAA has awarded 58 postgraduate scholarships of $7,500 each to 29 male and 29 female student-athletes in all three NCAA dvisions who participated in spring sports this academic year.

These sports include baseball, men's and women's golf, men's lacrosse, women's rowing, softball, men's and women's tennis and men's and women's outdoor track and field.

In addition to the spring sport honorees, the NCAA also awards 116 postgraduate scholarships to student-athletes participating in fall and winter sports in which the NCAA conducts championships or participates in as an emerging sport, for a total of 174 postgraduate scholarships annually.

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. Athletics and academic achievements, as well as campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership, are evaluated. In maintaining the highest standards in the selection process, the program aims to reward 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, 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 also must intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time or part-time graduate student.

Nomination forms are sent to faculty athletics representatives for all sports in the fall. Selections are made three times each academic year. The application must be submitted during the appropriate seasonal category for the sport to the NCAA National Office. Candidates are screened by seven regional selection committees, and the award recipients are selected by the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee.

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