March 14, 2006

Maimone awarded NCAA postgraduate scholarship

Santo Maimone

You can add Postgraduate Scholarship to Santo Maimone's award list for this school year. The NCAA has announced that the Case Western Reserve University senior football player has been awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

Maimone, an Eastlake, OH native, was one of 29 males and 56 total student-athletes from all three NCAA divisions to receive a postgraduate scholarship of $7,500.

"The football program, Department of Athletics, and Case Western Reserve University are very proud that Santo has earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship," stated Athletic Director Dave Diles. "Santo's academic accomplishments, athletic achievements and service define him as a model student-athlete. We are very proud of him, and know that he will represent the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship program with distinction."

The senior captain of the Spartan football team finished his four-year career on the gridiron with numerous accolades in 2005-06. This past fall he was named to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American first team, was a National Football Foundation (NFF) Scholar-Athlete award recipient and one of 16 finalists for the Draddy Award, known as the "Academic Heisman." He was also selected as the men's NCAA Division III recipient of the Woody Hayes National Scholar Athlete Award.

In the conference, Maimone was named All-University Athletic Association (UAA) first team as both a defensive back and as a kickoff and punt returner. He finished the year ranked 23rd in Division III in punt returns and 30th in kick returns, which earned him the UAA special teams player of the year award. He also received UAA All-Academic honors for the third consecutive year.

Majoring in both anthropology and chemistry, Maimone currently maintains a perfect 4.0 grade point average. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society and is active in the community as a DARE Role Model, a donation organizer for the "Give Kids the World" charity and a volunteer for the Childtime Daycare Center at Lake West Hospital.

"The NCAA could not have made a better choice in Santo," said Football Coach Greg Debeljak. "He represents everything that college sports should be about."

RULES … 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.

For more information: Creg Jantz 216-368-6517.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, March 14, 2006 11:11 AM | News Topics: Awards, College of Arts and Sciences

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