FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee has awarded a $7,500 scholarship to former Northern Arizona soccer player Kristi Andreassen for postgraduate study at a university or professional school. She is the 13th student-athlete in school history to earn the scholarship and first since golfer Ali Carter won the award in 2009.
Andreassen has been accepted to the Northern Arizona Physical Therapy program and will be returning to Flagstaff to begin graduate school this fall after playing soccer in Norway. Only 29 female athletes from Fall sports nationwide earned the award, with Andreassen the only female Big Sky athlete to be granted the scholarship. Andreassen graduated in the Fall of 2010 as one of the most decorated student-athletes in NAU history, including being named the 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN Women's Soccer Academic All-American of the Year.
The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women. Created in 1964, NCAA postgraduate scholarships promote and encourage education by rewarding the Association's most accomplished student-athletes. The one-time grants of $7,500 each are awarded for fall, winter and spring sports. Each sports season (fall, winter and spring), there are 29 scholarships available for men and 29 scholarships available for women.
NAU Postgraduate Scholarship Award Winners:
Larry Friedrichs -- Football -- 1978; Peter Howell -- Baseball – 1978; Troy Hudson -- Men's Basketball – 1979; Anna Wiklund -- Women's Track – 1996; Anna Soderberg -- Women's Track, Outdoor – 1997; Sabine Krieger -- Women's Track, Outdoor – 1999; Jessica Leblanc -- Women's Basketball – 1999; Rikke Pedersen -- Women's Track, Outdoor – 1999; Emily Allison -- Women's Track, Outdoor – 2000; Jake Crissup -- Football – 2000; Kelly Golob -- Men's Basketball –2006; Ali Carter – Women's Golf – 2009; Kristi Andreassen – 2011.