Gina Schmidt Awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

March 12, 2002

INDIANAPOLIS - Oregon State volleyball player Gina Schmidt has been awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, the NCAA has announced.

She will receive a $5,000 scholarship for postgraduate study at the school of her choice.

Schmidt, a senior outside hitter on the 2001 squad, finished her career as one of the most successful players to compete for OSU. She is one of only five Beavers to post 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs, finishing with 1,366 kills (third all-time at OSU) and 1,142 digs (seventh all-time at OSU). She earned All-Pacific-10 honors as a junior and was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 pick as a senior. In her final season, the Beavers posted a 17-12 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in program history and the first time in 18 years.

Schmidt is equally successful in the classroom, where she maintains a 4.00 grade point average as a business administration major. She earned first team Verizon Academic All-American honors in both 2000 and 2001, and she was a three-time Pacific-10 All-Academic Team member as well.

The NCAA awarded 58 postgraduate scholarships of $5,000 each to 29 men and 29 women who participated in fall sports. The association also awards postgraduate scholarships to 116 athletes in winter and spring sports, for a total of 174 postgraduate scholarships annually.

In order to qualify for the scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) and must have performed with distinction as a member of a varsity team. Athletes must also have behaved, on and off the field, in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics.

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