Tuiasosopo Named NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Winner
May 5, 2001
Indianapolis, IN - Washington senior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo has been awarded a $5,000 postgraduate scholarship by the NCAA. Tuiasosopo, who will graduate in June with a degree in business, is one of only four Division IA football players included among the 58 student-athletes to be selected for the honor. The other IA football players to receive the award were Kimball Christianson (Utah), Scott Kempenich (Oklahoma) and Kyle Vanden Bosch (Nebraska).
The NCAA awarded the postgraduate scholarships to 29 men and 29 women who participated in fall sports, which included men's and women's cross country, women's field hockey, football, women's volleyball, men's and women's soccer and men's water polo.
To qualify for a NCAA postgraduate scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall grade-point average of 3.000 (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.
Tuiasosopo, the Huskies' all-time leader in total offense and only the second UW quarterback to throw for 2,000 yards in consecutive seasons, led Washington to a 11-1 record, the Pac-10 Championship and to a Rose Bowl victory during the 2000 season. He was named the Most Valuable Player at the Rose Bowl and also Offensive MVP of the Pac-10 Conference. Tuiasosopo was also honored as the winner of the Pop Warner Award as the top collegiate football player on the West Coast. He was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the second round of this year's NFL draft.
Tuiasosopo becomes the 15th Washington player to receive a NCAA postgraduate scholarship. That list includes: Bill Douglas (1965), Mike Ryan (1967), Jim Krieg (1972), John Brady (1973), Scott Phillips (1977), Blair Bush (1978), Bruce Harrell (1980), Mark Jerue (1982), Chuck Nelson (1983), Mark Stewart (1983), David Rill (1988), Ed Cunningham (1992), Dave Janoski (1997) and Nigel Burton (1999).
In addition to the fall sport honorees, the NCAA awards 116 postgraduate scholarships to student-athletes participating in winter and spring sports (58 for men and 58 for women) in which the NCAA conducts championships, for a total of 174 postgraduate scholarships annually. Of the 58 fall sports scholarships, 26 were awarded to Division I student-athletes, 10 to student-athletes in Division II and 22 to student-athletes in Division III.
Nomination forms are sent to faculty athletics representatives for fall sports in December, for winter sports in late January and for spring sports in March. Selections are made two times each academic year. The application must be submitted during the appropriate seasonal category for the sport. Candidates are screened by eight regional selection committees and the winners are selected by the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee.
2000-2001 Fall Sports
NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Awardees (29)
Name Institution Div. Sport Major Michael Bucy North Carolina I Soccer EconomicsAdam Carlson Emory III Cross Country ChemistryKimball Christianson Utah I Football GermanAaron Cuny North Florida II Cross Country Economics/EnglishMatt DeJong California, Davis II Soccer Civil EngineeringThor Esbensen Nebraska Wesleyan III Cross Country Math/EducationJoseph Fent Scranton III Cross Country BiologyMichael Green Troy State I Cross Country Sport & Fitness Mgmt.Joe Hall Wyoming I Cross Country Arch. EngineeringMackenzie Hay Augustana (Ill.) III Football BiologyJoe Jones SE Oklahoma State II Football Health & Phy. EducationTamas Katona St. Francis (NY) I Water Polo MathematicsScott Kempenich Oklahoma I Football Social StudiesSean Kern UCLA I Water Polo HistoryMatt LaVerde Mount Union III Football MathematicsVictor Longo DeSales III Cross Country Physician AssistantTim McCoskey North Central III Cross Country HistoryJeff Olenick Goucher III Cross Country HistoryPaul Peletz Arkansas Tech II Football Business AdministrationAndrew Sause Navy I Water Polo Ocean EngineeringBrian Sell St. Francis (Pa.) I Cross Country BiologyCarl Tape Carleton III Soccer Physics/GeologyMatt Thuesen Montana I Football Political ScienceCharles Toth Air Force I Water Polo Envir. EngineeringMarques Tuiasosopo Washington I Football Business AdministrationKyle Vanden Bosch Nebraska I Football FinanceCharlie Walker, Jr. Carson-Newman II Football BiologyDavid Wonderlick Susquehanna III Football Public RelationsTom Zirbel Wartburg III Cross Country Chemistry
2000-2001 Fall Sports
NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Awardees (29)
Name Institution Div. Sport Major Amy Agulay New Hampshire I Field Hockey Exercise ScienceElisabeth Bachman UCLA I Volleyball Communication StudiesLeslie Bagay Wellesley III Field Hockey Biological ScienceNicole Bayman Scranton III Soccer MarketingKacy Beitel Michigan I Soccer Indust/Operations Engr.Amy Beykirch N.C. State I Cross Country Biological SciencesKathleen Celio Santa Clara I Soccer Finance/EnglishRose Ebnet South Dakota St. II Volleyball Health PromotionSunny Gilbert Missouri I Cross Country BiochemistryAdrienne Gough DePauw III Cross Country Computer ScienceKara Grgas-Wheeler Colorado I Cross Country PsychologyRobin Herlands Haverford III Field Hockey BiologyCaroline Hoit Emory III Soccer International StudiesAlysia Kern North Florida II Volleyball BiologyCheryl Loveless Portland I Soccer ChemistryMarie Muhvic Wis.-St. Point III Soccer Physical EducationCarla Muntz Dayton I Volleyball Pre-medicineKathleen Neff Stonehill II Soccer BiologyChristina Nichols N.C. State I Cross Country Mechanical EngineeringBonnie O'Shields Col. of Notre Dame III Volleyball Business/FinanceAngela Oxley Nebraska I Volleyball Exercise ScienceAbigail Perham Springfield III Field Hockey Rehab. & DisabilitiesJill Quast NW Missouri State II Volleyball AccountingMichelle Scott Stanford I Field Hockey Human BiologyCourtney Sommer Duke I Field Hockey Biological AnthropologyMalissa Stevenson Northern Kentucky II Soccer BiologyBarbara Swallow Springfield III Cross Country Sports BiologyMegan Williams Emory III Volleyball Marketing & Comm.Toby Wilmet Washington (Md.) III Field Hockey Art/Humanities