Amy Backel (Oklahoma), Oleksandr Nedovyesov (Oklahoma State) and Eric Petersen (Nebraska) each have earned $7,500 NCAA postgraduate scholarships. The NCAA awarded 58 grants to student-athletes who participated in spring sports.
Two-time All-America javelin thrower Backel is currently working on a master's degree in engineering. She was recently named a 2010 recipient of the Big 12's Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship, while becoming the first Sooner to be named a three-time ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-American. Backel was also selected as the OU College of Engineering's Outstanding Senior in Civil Engineering and has been an Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection all four years of her collegiate career.
Nedovyesov, a two-time Big 12 Tennis Player of the Year, earns the scholarship after being named to this year's All-Big 12 and Academic All-Big 12 squads. He was also honored as a member of ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America Men's At-Large Team and Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-America team.
Nebraska hammer thrower Petersen was named a 2009 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic selection, as well as a four-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection and a member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll seven times.
The NCAA awards up to 29 postgraduate scholarships for both men and women, one-time grants of $7,500, for fall, winter and spring sports, and up to 174 annually. Scholarships are given to student-athletes based on their performance both in the classroom and athletically.