Contact: Mark Albanese, Director of Sports Communication
TACOMA, Wash. - The NCAA announced its postgraduate scholarship recipients with Pacific Lutheran University women's rowing student-athlete Sydney Otey among the 174 student-athletes from around the nation to earn the prestigious scholarship.
The NCAA awards 174 postgraduate scholarships annually to student-athletes from across all three divisions who excel academically and athletically and who are at least in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. The one-time scholarship of $7,500 is awarded three times a year corresponding to each sport season with just 29 scholarships available per gender per sport season. Otey was the lone student-athlete from the sport of women's rowing to earn one of the scholarships in 2017 and is one of just five female scholarship recipients in the spring from Division III.
"I think it's cool to represent rowing because it's a little overlooked sometimes in the overall scope of collegiate athletics," said Otey. "I'm not using the scholarship right away this year because I'll be in Mexico but I'm hoping the next year to start an education graduate program. Originally when I saw the scholarship I wasn't sure if I wanted to apply but the fact that I can use it up to three years after (earning it) gives me some time to decide exactly what I want to do so I don't have to rush into a program. I plan on looking at programs this year so I can take some time to decide specifically which one is the best fit."
A two-time NCAA Elite 90 Award winner for having the highest grade point average at the NCAA Championships, Otey secures the scholarship after wrapping up a successful senior campaign with the Lutes on the water. An All-Northwest Conference selection, the Billings, Montana native helped the Lutes win the NWC Championship and the Lamberth Cup for the second consecutive season while capturing NWC Crew of the Week on three occasions. A Fulbright Scholar and a 4.0 student as a sociology and Hispanic studies major, Otey helped the Lutes' varsity eight finish eighth overall at the NCAA Division III Championships. Away from the water, the CoSIDA Academic All-American is a member of the Dean's List and Phi Kappa Phi, while serving as a middle school mentor, a Spanish and writing tutor, an ASPLU representative, and with Wild Hope Fellows.
The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship was created in 1964 to promote and encourage graduate 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 graduate award, regardless of sport, division, gender or race.