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Postgraduate Scholars, Elite 89 Award™, Top VIII

B1G Postgraduate Scholarship

Beginning in 2012-13, the Big Ten presents two UW student-athletes (one male, one female) with one-time postgraduate scholarships of $7,500 each. The applicants are evaluated based primarily on their achievements in academics. The scholarship is not limited to top athletic achievers. The selection committee also considers a students’ leadership, commitment to service, value to their team, as well as athletic accomplishments.


Andrew Brekke, Men’s Track & Field
Kimberly Dinh, Women’s Golf


Michael Brice, Men's Track & Field/Cross Country (see story)
Ilana Friedman, Women's Ice Hockey (see story)


Hanna Knurr, Women’s Track and Cross Country (see story)
Cody Rissman, Men’s Rowing (see story)

NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

The NCAA annually awards postgraduate scholarships to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their last year of collegiate competition. The following UW student-athletes have been recognized in this elite program.


1966 Dave Fronek
1980 Tom Stauss
1982 Dave Mohapp
1983 Matt VandenBoom


1984 John Johannson


1992 Heather Taggart

Track and Field

2007 Nathan Brown
1983 Rose Thomson
1986 Katie Ishmael


1981 Dave Goodspeed
1985 John Giura

NCAA Elite 89 Award™

The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s championships.

2015 Jenny Ryan, Women's Hockey (see story)
2013 Kimberly Dinh, Women’s Golf (see story)
2012 Carolyne Prévost, Women's Hockey (see bio)
2011 Becca Ruegsegger, Women's Hockey (see bio)


Dating back to 1972, the NCAA Top VIII Awards provide the Association with the opportunity to honor eight outstanding senior student-athletes of for scholastic and athletic achievement.

1991 Suzy Favor Hamilton Track and Field/Cross Country


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