June 24, 2009

Kielek Earns NCAA Postgrad Scholarship

from press releases

CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Jimmy Kielek (Baltimore, MD/Archbishop Curley), who played four years of collegiate lacrosse at Washington College and received a B.A. in Biology from the school in May, is one of 58 spring sport student-athletes nationwide to be awarded with an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

Kielek was a three-time All-Centennial Conference selection and a three-time Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll member. He led the Shoremen in assists all three seasons and led the Centennial Conference in that category as a junior. As both a junior and a senior, he was named to the EPSN the Magazine College Division At-LArge Academic All-District team, earning second-team honors as a junior and first-team honors as a senior. He finished his collegiate lacrosse career with 85 goals and 105 assists.

Kielek was recently featured on the cover of the NCAA's Champion Magazine and was a co-winner of Washington College's 2009 Eldridge Eliason Award for "the senior male student and female student who, with scholastic standing in the upper half of the class, has accomplished the most in the field of athletics." In addition to his degree in Biology, Kielek completed a minor in Chemistry.

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 sports, winter sports and spring sports. Each sports season (fall, winter and spring), there are 29 scholarships available for men and 29 scholarships available for women. The scholarships are one-time, non-renewable grants.

To qualify for an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall grade-point average of at least 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.


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