May 2, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. –
It’s been an exciting week for former Florida State swimmer Alex Kennon (Winter Haven, Fla.). On Friday night, April 18, Kennon received his bachelor’s degree in Biology but on Tuesday, May 1, he received news that he would be awarded an NCAA post-graduate scholarship. The award of $7,500 will go towards the cost of Kennon’s further education at the FSU medical school.
Kennon is a four-time ACC champion and two-time NCAA Honorable Mention All-American. In the summer of 2006, Kennon qualified for the 2008 United States Olympic Trials in the 50 and 100 meter freestyle events. In addition to his exploits in the pool, Kennon has been a four-time ACC Academic Honor Roll member and a three-time member of the All-ACC Academic Team. Earlier this spring, he received an ACC post-graduate scholarship in recognition of his work in the pool and in the classroom.
“Alex just typifies the definition of hard work,” said Seminole head coach Neil Harper. “Coming in, his talent level was questioned and everyone knew that his success was based on the amount of effort he put forward. Obviously the success that he has had in the classroom as well as in the pool is just an obvious result of his dedication and hard work.”
58 scholarships were awarded on Tuesday; 29 to male student-athletes and 29 to 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.
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.