July 30, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Former Florida State softball player Kaleigh Rafter has been awarded a spring postgraduate scholarship by the NCAA.
Rafter, who completed her one and only season with the garnet and gold just a few short months ago, transferred to Florida State for her senior year after three seasons at the University of Detroit Mercy.
The Guelph, Ontario, Canada native is one of 58 students to be selected for the prestigious award.
“Kaleigh has been the epitome of what it means to be a student-athlete,” FSU softball coach Lonni Alameda said. “She was an impact person from day one and represents what it means to be a Seminole. In just one season she left this program with the idea of what it is like to be a team leader in all areas. The most important was her ability to balance her dedication of being the best student in the classroom along with her passion to excel and compete at the best of her abilities day in and day out on the field.
“We are very proud of Kaleigh’s accomplishments; she is very deserving of this scholarship and recognition for the hard work she has put in.”
The winners (29 men and 29 women) represent spring-sports participants who will receive one-time, nonrenewable grants of $7,500. The NCAA previously identified postgraduate scholars for fall and winter sports seasons.
The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. The Association awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women.
The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Program was created in 1964 to promote and encourage postgraduate education by rewarding the Association’s most accomplished student-athletes through their participation in NCAA sports.