Veldman becomes program's first recipient since 1999.
March 10, 2004
Philadelphia - Former University of Pennsylvania kicker Peter Veldman has been awarded one of the NCAA's 58 postgraduate scholarships. Veldman, a two-time Academic All-Ivy selection, will receive a scholarship in the amount of $7,500. The Granger, Ind. native becomes the fourth member of the Penn Football program under current Head Coach Al Bagnoli to be awarded the scholarship, with the last coming in 1999 - Matt Rader. Veldman is also one of two Quakers and only three Ivy League student-athletes to receive the postgraduate scholarship, for student-athletes who completed their athletic eligibility last fall. Former Penn women's volleyball letterwinner and Ivy Player of the Year recipient Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan also received the scholarship.
The NCAA awards a total of 174 postgraduate scholarships annually in fall, winter and spring sports to qualifying student-athletes who possess an overall grade-point average of 3.2 (on a 4.0 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.
Veldman was also named to the Verizon District II All-Academic Team, the sixth annual Division I-AA Athletics Director Association Academic All-Star Team and earned his second-straight Academic All-Ivy nod this past season. A biology major in the College of Arts and Sciences at Penn, Veldman capped off his second-straight first-team All-Ivy selection and first All-ECAC nod in 2003 after converting 13 field goals, including all three attempts from a distance of 30 yards or more.
Veldman added 37 successful extra points and finished seventh in the Ivy League in scoring and second in the Ancient Eight in kicking points with 7.6 per game. He finished his Red and Blue career second all-time with 85 extra points.
Veldman becomes the fifth Penn football NCAA postgraduate scholarship recipient, joining Ben Mortensen (1968), Michael Turner (1995), John Bishop (1998) and Matt Rader (1999).
Penn finished the 2003 campaign ranked 12th in I-AA (The Sports Network) after becoming the first team in 10 years to capture back-to-back Ivy League crowns. The Red and Blue, which have won three of the last four Ancient Eight titles, also became just the second team in League history to post back-to-back perfect Ivy seasons. Penn finished 2003 as I-A and I-AA's only undefeated team with the program's first perfect campaign (10-0 overall and 7-0 Ivy) since 1994.
Written by Rich Schepis, associate director of athletic communications