Mickelson Garners All-Academic Recognition, Earns Prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship

Feb. 26, 2008

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Senior Laura Mickelson is being rewarded for her work both in the classroom and on the cross country course, as she has recently been awarded a NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship and named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic team.

Fifty-eight NCAA student-athletes were awarded educational grants through the NCAA postgraduate scholarship program. The winners (29 men and 29 women) represent fall-sports participants who will receive one-time, nonrenewable grants of $7,500. Mickelson is the only athlete from the WCC to receive a grant this year.

The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. The Association awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women.

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. For more information about the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships, go to the Diversity and Inclusion link under the About the NCAA tab at www.ncaa.org.

In addition to the grant, Mickelson was named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic team on Monday. A total of 91 female student-athletes representing 62 Division I institutions were named to the All-Academic team, including Mickelson and Portland's Dana Morgan from the WCC.

Stanford, the 2007 NCAA team champions, had the most student-athletes on the team with four. Florida State, Michigan State, Northern Arizona, Colorado and Virginia Tech each had three student-athletes on the team.

The award honors those student-athletes who have succeeded both academically and athletically. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must carry a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average and have completed a minimum 24 semester hours through the 2007 fall term. Additionally, the student-athlete must finish in the top-15 runners or top-10 percent of finishers at their respective NCAA regional meet, or receive All-American honors.



Mickelson, who earned her second All-West Coast Conference Academic selection in as many years earlier this season, finished 61st at the NCAA National Championship, 15th at the West Regional to claim an All-Region selection and second at the WCC Championship this year.

Mickelson and the Lion track team will compete in their first big challenge of the year this weekend when they take part in the second annual West Coast Track Challenge. The West Coast Track Challenge is the closest thing to a Conference Championship Meet that LMU and the rest of the participants have to look forward to, as the WCC does not officially sponsor a Track Championship. That event is slated to begin promptly at 10 a.m.

For a complete listing of the All-Academic team, please click the following link:
USTFCCCA All-Academic Team


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