Katy Cross Receives NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Senior women’s soccer player Katy Cross has been awarded a 2004-05 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Cross, who earned both Ivy League Women’s Soccer Rookie and Player of the Year awards during her career at Penn, was the only Ivy League female recipient of the award, and one of just two honorees from the Ancient Eight for fall sports.

The NCAA awarded 56 postgraduate scholarships of $7,500 each to 28 male student-athletes and 28 female student-athletes who participated in fall sports, which included women’s badminton (emerging sport), men's and women's cross country, women's field hockey, football, women’s rugby (emerging sport), men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball and men's water polo.

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.

Cross, a four-time first-team All-Ivy League honoree, was named the 2004 ESPN Academic All-American of the Year for women’s soccer. Shebecame the first student-athlete at Penn to receive such a distinction as well as the third Ivy League student-athlete and the first female in Ancient Eight history. She was alsothe only Ivy League student-athlete to be named to the2004 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas Women’s College Scholar All-America Second Team.

Cross also garnered second-team All-Mid-Atlantic honors from the NSCAA for her performanceon the playing field this season.During her final campaign, she was the second-leading scorer in the Ivy League with 12 goals and seven assists en route to becoming a unanimous first-team All-Ivy pick. She holds eight Penn records including career goals (50), career assists (25) and career points. Cross is a two-time All-American, a two-time Academic All-American and never missed a single game in her Penn career.

Cross is the fourth student-athlete from Penn in the past three years to receive this prestigious award. Former Penn student-athletes Sam Burley, C’03, CGS’05 (men’s track and field), Peter Veldman, C’04 (football) and Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan, C’04 (volleyball) were the other recipients.

Written by Carla Zighelboim