Track Standout Gets Post-Grad Scholarship

West Virginia University distance runner Merissa Sexsmith, a Ridgeway, Ontario, native, has been named a recipient of one of the NCAA's 58 postgraduate scholarships worth $6,900.

Sexsmith, a two-year cross country and track captain, earned three All-America honors at WVU and was named a recipient of the Fred Schaus captain's award this past spring, which is presented annually to West Virginia University's most outstanding varsity team captain. She has also earned three BIG EAST championship honors and two ECAC titles. A nine-time member of the WVU President's List and multiple selection to the all-BIG EAST cross country and track teams, Sexsmith holds two school records at West Virginia.

The NCAA awarded the scholarship to 29 men and 29 women who participated in spring sports, which included baseball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, rowing, softball, men's and women's tennis, men's volleyball, outdoor track and field and women's water polo.

To qualify for an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall grade-point average of 3.200 (on a 4.000 scale) or its equivalent and must have performed with distinction as a member of the varsity team in the sport in which the student-athlete was nominated. The student-athlete must have behaved, both on and off the field, in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics. The student-athlete also must intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time or part-time graduate student.

In addition to the spring sport honorees, the NCAA also awards 116 postgraduate scholarships to student-athletes participating in fall and winter sports in which the NCAA conducts championships, for a total of 174 postgraduate scholarships annually.

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