Kalamazoo College student-athletes achieve the highest level of success in athletics and academics as evidenced by 23 graduating seniors earning prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships
The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship was created in 1964 to promote and encourage postgraduate education by rewarding the Association's most accomplished student-athletes through their participation in NCAA championship and/or emerging sports. Athletics and academic achievements, campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership are evaluated. An equitable approach is employed in reviewing an applicant's nomination form to provide all student-athlete nominees an opportunity to receive the postgraduate award, regardless of sport, division, gender or race. In maintaining the highest broad-based standards in the selection process, the program aims to reward those individuals whose dedication and effort are reflective of those characteristics necessary to succeed and thrive through postgraduate study.
Kalamazoo College's NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Winners
Lynn Achterberg (from St. Joseph) Kalamazoo '85. Letterwinner in swimming. Art major.
Rene "Kip" Adrian (from Kalamazoo) Kalamazoo '97. Letterwinner in soccer. Health science and economics major.
Jackie Aurelia (from Rochester) Kalamazoo '94. Letterwinner in tennis. Health science major.
Brian Bazzell (from Berkley) Kalamazoo '11. Letterwinner in swimming. Biology major.
Chris Burns (from La Porte, Ill.) Kalamazoo '82. Letterwinner in tennis. Economics major.
Chris Bussert (from Munster, Ind.) Kalamazoo '78. Letterwinner in tennis. Biology major.
Jeremy Cole (from Grand Rapids) Kalamazoo '96. Letterwinner in basketball and baseball. Business and economics major.
Curt Crimmins (from Saginaw) Kalamazoo '84. Letterwinner in swimming. Biology major.
David Dame (from Kalamazoo) Kalamazoo '79. Letterwinner in basketball. Biology major.
Robert Dekker (from Rochester Hills) Kalamazoo '09. Letterwinner in swimming. Biology major.
Craig Fleming (from Clinton Township) Kalamazoo '11. Letterwinner in swimming. Economics and business major.
Kim Hartman (from Shelby Township) Kalamazoo '03. Letterwinner in soccer. Health science and psychology major.
Donald Knoechel (from Kalamazoo) Kalamazoo '80. Letterwinner in swimming. Chemistry major.
Lewis Miller (from Newport) Kalamazoo '93. Letterwinner in tennis. Economics and political science major.
Sara Musser (from Okemos) Kalamazoo '96. Letterwinner in basketball. Health science major.
Tom Nicolai (from Fraser) Kalamazoo '65. Letterwinner in football and baseball. Physics major.
Peter Romano (from Holland) Kalamazoo '83. Letterwinner in swimming. Biology major.
John Schelske (from Ann Arbor) Kalamazoo '82. Letterwinner in basketball. Economics major.
Dylan Shearer (from Milan) Kalamazoo '15. Letterwinner in swimming. Biology major.
Daniel Slattery (from Mt. Morris) Kalamazoo '79. Letterwinner in swimming. Political science major.
Grace Smith (from Portage) Kalamazoo '17. Letterwinner in soccer and basketball. Biology major.
Jim VanSweden (from Portage) Kalamazoo '73. Letterwinner in basketball. English and literature major.
Evan Whitbeck (from Northville) Kalamazoo '02. Letterwinner in swimming. Chemistry major.
Scott Whitbeck (from Northville) Kalamazoo '04. Letterwinner in swimming. Economics major.
For more information on the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship program please visit http://www.ncaa.org/ncaa-postgraduate-scholarship-program.
Scholarship Recipients by Year Awarded
1965 Tom Nicolai
1973 Jim VanSweden
1978 Chris Bussert
1979 David Dame
1979 Daniel Slattery
1980 Donald Knoechel
1982 Chris Burns
1982 John Schelske
1983 Peter Romano
1984 Curt Crimmins
1985 Lynn Achterberg
1993 Lewis Miller
1994 Jackie Aurelia
1996 Jeremy Cole
1996 Sara Musser
1997 Rene "Kip" Adrian
2002 Evan Whitbeck
2003 Kim Hartman
2004 Scott Whitbeck
2009 Robert Dekker
2011 Brian Bazzell
2011 Craig Fleming
2015 Dylan Shearer
2017 Grace Smith