PHILADELPHIA -The NCAA has awarded 58 postgraduate scholarships of $7,500 each to 29 male student-athletes and 29 female student-athletes who participated in winter sports, and the list includes University of Pennsylvania men’s fencer Shaul Gordon.
Gordon joins other winter student-athletes from the following sports: men’s and women’s basketball; women’s bowling; men’s and women’s fencing; men’s and women’s gymnastics; men’s and women’s ice hockey; men’s and women’s indoor track & field; men’s and women’s rifle; men’s and women’s skiing; men’s and women’s swimming & diving; and wrestling (men).
Gordon is the 15th Penn athlete to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, and the first since Mike Hall (men’s track & field) in 2008. The NCAA has been awarding Postgraduate Scholarships since 1964.
Gordon -- who began his career at Penn State before transferring to Penn for his last three years -- was a four-time NCAA Championships qualifier and a three-time All-America in his weapon (saber). A first-team All-Ivy pick all three years he fenced for Penn, Gordon was the Ivy League champion in saber as a senior, going 14-1 at the Ivy Championships, and helped lead the Quakers to their first Ivy League title since 2009 and their first-ever No. 1 national ranking. Gordon was NCAA runner-up in saber as a freshman and tied for third as a sophomore, and wrapped up his career with a 143-30 record in dual matches.
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.
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 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.