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 spring sports in 2016, and the list includes University of Pennsylvania women's rower Jenna Hebert.
Hebert joins other student-athletes from the following NCAA-affiliated women's spring sports: lacrosse, rowing, softball, tennis, track & field, and water polo. A full listing of the spring female NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients can be found here.
Hebert is the 16th Penn athlete to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, and the second this year as men's fencer Shaul Gordon earned a Scholarship during the winter season. Prior to Gordon, the last Penn student-athlete to earn an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship was Mike Hall (men’s track & field) in 2008. This also marks just the second time two Penn student-athletes have earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in the same year, the other being 2004. The NCAA has been awarding Postgraduate Scholarships since 1964.
This is the second major scholarship that Hebert has received during her senior year. In October, she was one of just 32 recipients nationwide for a Rhodes Scholarship, what is considered the nation's most prestigious scholarship. Hebert was the first Penn student-athlete to be a Rhodes Scholar since 1984, and just the second since 1963.
Hebert rowed for Penn's Varsity 8 all four years she was on campus, and helped that boat to an 18-15 record in the spring and a best-ever fourth-place finish at the Ivy League Championships in May. She was a two-time Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) first-team All-Region selection, and the summer between her freshman and sophomore years Hebert represented the United States at the Under-23 World Rowing Championships in Linz, Austria. Academically, she was a three-time CRCA National Scholar Athlete and twice was named the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Performer of the Year in women's rowing. In June, she was named the Philadelphia Inquirer's Female Overall Academic All-Area Performer of the Year.
In addition to the spring-sport honorees, the NCAA also awards 116 postgraduate scholarships to student-athletes participating in fall and winter 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.