TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Former Florida State indoor volleyball standout Melanie Keil along with rising senior Milica Kubura were recognized for their academic excellence in April with a trio of highly-touted honors. “I’m so proud that our program has competed at a high level on the court but our student-athletes continue to be players that excel in the classroom,” FSU head volleyball coach Chris Poole said. “Both Mel and Mili are in challenging majors yet their self-discipline allows them to succeed on and off the court.”
Keil accepted her award for the ACC Postgraduate Scholarship along with former swimmer Cole Hensley in Greensboro, N.C. on Wednesday. Softball’s Ellie Cooper was also chosen for the honor.
The Weaver-James-Corrigan and Jim and Pat Thacker postgraduate scholarships are awarded to selected student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate degree following completion of their undergraduate requirements. Each recipient will receive $5,000 toward his or her graduate education. Those honored have performed with distinction in both the classroom and their respective sport, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community.
Since 1994, Florida State has had 52 student-athletes recognized for the honor.
In addition to her ACC honor, Keil was also awarded the highly-competitive NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
Each sports season there are 29 scholarships available for men and 29 for women for use in an accredited graduate program. Scholarships are awarded to those student-athletes that excel in both the classroom and competition. The one-time non-renewable scholarships of $7,500 are awarded three times a year corresponding to each sport season.
The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships were created in 1964 in order to promote and encourage graduate education. It was designed to reward the Association’s most accomplished student-athletes through their participation in NCAA championship and/or emerging sports. Athletics and academic achievements, campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership are evaluated. An equitable approach is employed in reviewing an applicant’s nomination form to provide all student-athlete nominees an opportunity to receive the graduate award, regardless of sport, division, gender or race.
A two-year middle blocker hailing from Berlin, Germany, Keil helped the Seminoles to a pair of NCAA tournament berths. Keil delivered the ace that lifted FSU over Florida in the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament in order to advance to its third sweet 16 in four seasons. She earned Second Team All-ACC honors and AVCA All-East Region accolades. Keil earned the Golden Torch honor in 2016 after making the Dean’s List. She enjoyed a terrific senior season, leading the team in blocks with 167 (1.55 per set) while adding 170 kills (1.36 per set). In 2015 she was one of three Seminoles will at least 100 kills (132) and finished the year with 11 solo stops.
In addition to Keil, Kubura received the Chelyn & Baugh Award for being an outstanding student in the field of Mathematics. She was one of the very few students recognized at the annual FSU Math Honor Day for passing two exams in one year towards Associateship in the Society of Actuaries.
Kubura served the season as a co-captain as a right side hitter, earning First Team All-ACC honors in addition to an AVCA All-America honorable mention. She led the team with 376 kills (2.98 per set). She is majoring in actuarial science, which is one of the toughest programs at FSU.
“Both of these young ladies will be successful in the professional world,” Poole said. “I am honored they chose to be part of the FSU volleyball program.”
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