Columbia's Barry, Harvard's Mills Receive NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships

Columbia's Kathleen Barry
Columbia's Kathleen Barry

INDIANAPOLIS -- Columbia's Kathleen Barry and Harvard's Katherine Mills were recently awarded NCAA postgraduate scholarships among the 58 senior winter student-athletes across all three NCAA divisions to be awarded the prestigious scholarships during the 2010-11 season.

Barry is the second Lion in as many years to win the scholarship as fencer Jeff Spear received the same honor last year. Mills is the first Harvard student-athlete to receive the scholarship since rower Heather Schofield did in 2005. The Ivy League has totaled 206 athletes who have earned NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships through the winter season of the 2010-11 academic year.

To qualify for an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall grade-point average of 3.2 (on a 4.0 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.

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.

An equitable approach is employed in reviewing each applicant's nomination form to provide opportunity to all student-athlete nominees to receive the postgraduate award, regardless of sport, division, gender or race. In maintaining the highest broad-based standards in the selection process, the program aims to reward those individuals whose dedication and effort are reflective of those characteristics necessary to succeed and thrive through postgraduate study in an accredited graduate degree program.

Harvard's Katherine Mills