Brewer, Underwood Awarded Postgrad Scholarships

INDIANAPOLIS, IN--Two University of North Carolina student-athletes have been awarded postgraduate scholarships by the NCAA valued at $6,000 apiece. Ronald Brewer, a special teams standout and team captain of the Carolina football team, and Malaika Underwood, an outside hitter/setter for the Tar Heels' volleyball squad are among the 32 nation-wide winners awarded through the NCAA's Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Program.

The Minority Opportunities and Interest Committee awarded 16 scholarships through the Ethnic Minority Enhancement Program and the Committee on Women's Athletics awarded 16 scholarships through the Women's Enhancement Program and Six Division III-specific scholarships also were awarded.

The enhancement scholarships are designed to create better opportunities for women and ethnic minorities in coaching, athletics administration, officiating and athletics support services.

Brewer, an exercise and sports science major with over a 3.2 grade point average, walked on to the Carolina football team as a cornerback in 1999. He received a scholarship for his senior season in 2002 and was elected as a team captain. He played in every game as a senior, starting on the Tar Heels' kickoff coverage team, and had six tackles, including four solo and two assists. In 2001, he played in seven regular-season games and the Peach Bowl in 2001.

Underwood, an international studies major with over a 3.8 GPA, helped lead Carolina to a 32-4 record and a No. 12 national ranking in 2002. She was second on the team in digs and finished her career with over 1,000 digs. In 2001, she was named MVP of the ACC Tournament as Carolina captured its third-straight title.

The recipients of the scholarships are women and ethnic minorities who have completed an undergraduate degree, and are seeking admission or have been accepted into an NCAA member institution's sports administration or related program that will assist the applicant in obtaining a career in athletics.

Applicants must be entering their first semester or term of postgraduate studies and must have performed with distinction as student-body members at their respective undergraduate institutions. The applicants' involvement in extracurricular activities, course work, commitment to the pursuit of a career in intercollegiate athletics and promise for success in such a career are also factors in the selection process.

Brewer and Underwood will both graduate in May and have applied for admittance to the postgraduate sports administration program at North Carolina.

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