Air Force's Blair Leake Earns NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
May 1, 2007
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force senior Blair Leake was awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for her intercollegiate and academic accomplishments. The team captain of the Falcon women's swim team was one of 58 student-athletes to earn the honor for winter sport athletes.
A four-year letter winner for Air Force, Leake earned the honor with strong athletic and academic credentials. Leake is a two-time All-Mountain West Conference performer and holds the school record in the 200-yard breaststroke.
The senior holds a 3.88 cumulative grade-point average and is set to graduate with a degree in Operations Research. Leake has been named to the Academy Dean's and Athletic list seven times and is the only Cadet to be named a Dean's Ace (4.0 GPA) twice since the award originated in 2004.
The NCAA has awarded 58 postgraduate scholarships of $7,500 each to 29 male student-athletes and 29 female student-athletes who participated in winter sports, which included men's and women's basketball, men's fencing, men's and women's gymnastics, women's ice hockey, women's rifle, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's indoor track and field and wrestling.
"Blair's accomplishments are a phenomenal testament to her leadership, character, and personal commitment to excellence as recognized by her peers," AFA women's swimming head coach Casey Converse said. "Additionally, she is one of the hardest working athletes in the pool; a true sign of her dedication to do her best in all aspects of her life. She is a shining example of excellence in all we do, and is due the recognition of receiving the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship."
In addition to the winter sport honorees, the NCAA also awards 116 postgraduate scholarships to student-athletes participating in fall and spring sports in which the NCAA conducts championships or participates in as an emerging sport, for a total of 174 postgraduate scholarships annually.
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. 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.
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 also must intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time or part-time graduate student.