May 16, 2013
2013 B1G Postgraduate Scholarship Complete Recipient List and Release
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern seniors Jarrett Baughman (Bloomington, Ind./North) of men's soccer and Kristin Scharkey (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza) of softball are NU's recipients of the inaugural Big Ten postgraduate scholarships, announced today by the conference office.
One male and one female student-athlete from each of the 12 Big Ten institutions who plan to continue their education at a graduate degree program were awarded a $7,500 scholarship, based on primarily academic achievements. Baughman will attend law school after graduation in June while Scharkey graduated in March with a degree in journalism and now is pursuing a Master's degree in creative non-fiction writing at Northwestern.
Baughman is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten award winner and was a 2012 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. Scharkey also is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree while earning NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete status in 2012.
This year's 24 B1G recipients span 15 different sports, including four softball standouts, three student-athletes from football, women's soccer and women's swimming and diving teams, two men's gymnasts, and one recipient each from baseball, women's cross country, fencing, field hockey, men's golf, men's rowing, men's soccer, men's swimming and diving and men's and women's track and field.
Each Big Ten institution developed its own on-campus selection process when awarding the scholarship. Student-athletes must have been in their final season of NCAA eligibility, maintained at least a 3.2 grade-point-average, demonstrated leadership qualities, served as an excellent role model and intended to continue their academic work beyond their baccalaureate degree at a graduate degree program.
The scholarship will be used to pay expenses of the student's postgraduate education to include such related activities as research and teaching, as well as other expenses such as tuition, fees, room and board, required course-related supplies and books. In order to retain the scholarship, the recipient must be accepted into a full-time graduate degree program within three years from the fall semester after selection.
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