The University of Alabama athletics department has invested heavily in its academics support system for athletes, and the result of that emphasis continues to have Crimson Tide athletes reaping the awards. The latest is a pair of women athletes from fall sports earning NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships.
Track and field and cross country runner Katelyn Greenleaf and volleyball player Sierra Wilson are the most recent Alabama athletes to receive the prestigious scholarships.
“We are very proud of Katelyn and Sierra for what they have accomplished both athletically and academically and we are excited that they will have the opportunity to continue their educations using NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships,” UA Associate Athletics Director for Student Services Jon Dever said.
Over the last two and a half years, Alabama student-athletes have earned 11 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships, worth $7,500 each, and have several more nominees in the winter and spring sport categories. Crimson Tide student-athletes have earned 24 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships over the last five and a half years.
“The University of Alabama has a tremendous tradition when it comes to postgraduate scholarships and we are proud to continue that tradition with two more from our fall sports,” Dever said.
A native of St. Petersburg, Fla., Greenleaf earned All-SEC honors all four years of her career, including first-team honors as a senior. She was an all-region honoree all four years, capped off by a third-place finish at the 2015 South Region Championships and a trip to the NCAA Cross Country Championships.
On the track, Greenleaf earned All-America accolades in 2015 after being named Honorable Mention in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. She is the current school record holder in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:00.77. Majoring in nutrition, Greenleaf carries a cumulative GPA of 3.89 and was selected to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District IV First Team in 2014-15.
A native of Anaheim, Calif., Wilson owns a 4.0 cumulative GPA as an English and political science major. She is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American and a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District IV award winner. She is the only volleyball player in program history to earn two Academic All-America honors and the only one to earn three district accolades.
As a senior, Wilson set the Alabama career assists record, finishing with 5,771. She posted more than 1,000 assists in each of her four seasons, joining previous career record-holder Brigitte Slack as the only two players to do so in Alabama program history. Her junior season total of 1,529 is a school record, while her senior total of 1,499 is second all-time.