March 15, 2007

Case athletes each receive NCAA postgraduate scholarship

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CLEVELAND, OH - Two Case Western Reserve University fall student-athletes have received a postgraduate scholarship from the NCAA. Stephanie Nothelle (Porter, IN), a member of the women's cross country team, along with Stephen Hrinda (Fairview, PA), a member of the men's cross country team, have earned a scholarship to use toward graduate studies. Nothelle will receive a degree in biology and German from Case this spring, while Hrinda received a degree in biology in May of 2006 and is currently pursuing a master's degree in business administration and public health.

"Our department and university, are very proud of both Stephanie and Stephen," said Athletic Director Dave Diles. "They represent the very best of intercollegiate athletics. Their academic, athletic and service records are exceptional, and I'm certain that they will utilize the scholarship assistance to advance their education and prepare themselves for highly productive careers."

Nothelle, a 2006 All-American and 2003 and 2006 All-University Athletic Association (UAA) selection, has been on the Dean's High Honors list every semester while at Case and boasts a 4.0 GPA. She earned UAA All-Academic honors in 2003, 2004 and 2006 and was named an Academic All-American in 2004 and 2006. Nothelle, who spent her junior year (2005) studying in Germany, plans to begin medical school this summer.

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Hrinda, a 2005 and 2006 ESPN The Magazine first team Academic All-American, has been on the Dean's High Honors list eight times (2002-2006) and has a 4.0 GPA. He is a ten-time UAA All-Academic honoree in cross country and track. Hrinda is a two-time All-UAA selection (2003 & 2005) in cross country and qualified for nationals twice (2003 & 2005). His track honors include six varsity letters, three All-UAA honors and a two UAA Championships (10,000m (outdoor) in 2006 & 5,000m (indoor) in 2007).

"This is a measurable honor for Stephanie and Stephen," said Head Cross Country Coach Kathy Lanese. "They have set an extraordinary academic and athletic standard for their team and the athletic department. I feel privileged to have coached two high achieving student-athletes concurrently these past four years. The exciting years are ahead as they will shape their lives around their new experiences. Their presence on the cross country course will be missed."

The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women. The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition.

The one-time grants of $7,500 each are awarded for fall, winter and spring sports. Each sports season, there are 29 scholarships available for men and 29 scholarships available for women. The scholarships are one-time, nonrenewable grants.

Eligibility is restricted to student-athletes at NCAA member institutions who, in their final year of eligibility, have performed with distinction as members of varsity teams in the sport for which they were nominated. Nominees must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.2 (based on a 4.0 scale), be nominated by the faculty athletics representative or designee, and intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a part-time or full-time graduate student.

Posted by: Kevin Adams, March 15, 2007 10:29 AM | News Topics: Awards, HeadlinesMain, Students

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