Mike Hall Receives NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

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, and the list includes senior Mike Hall from the University of Pennsylvania.

Hall -- who plans to attend Penn’s medical school -- joins other spring student-athletes from the following sports: men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, women’s lacrosse, women’s rowing, baseball, and softball.

Hall is the 15th Penn athlete to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, and the first since Katy Cross (women's soccer) in 2005. The NCAA has been giving Postgraduate Scholarships out since 1964.

The honor was announced Wednesday, and added to an already busy week for Hall honors-wise; earlier in the week he earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors in track, as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Hall finished second at the Heptagonal Championships in the decathlon earlier this spring, and was the male recipient of the University's Goldring Award as the senior male student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA. a junior national All-America in 2005, he won the Heps title in the indoor heptathlon his freshman year. He also has runner-up finishes in the Heps (2006 heptathlon) and IC4A (2006 decathlon) on his resume.

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.

Download: 2008 NCAA Postgrad (spring men).pdf