posted July 3, 2008

Lindsay Lange Receives NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Recent Hope College graduate Lindsay Lange of Manistee (Manistee HS) has been awarded a postgraduate scholarship by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship program was created in 1964 to promote and encourage postgraduate education by rewarding the Association's most accomplished student-athletes.

Athletics and academic achievements, as well as campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership, are evaluated.  In maintaining the highest broad-based standards in the selection process, the program aims to reward those individuals whose dedication and effort are reflective of those characteristics necessary to succeed and thrive through postgraduate study in an accredited graduate degree program.

Lange was a two-sport standout, including an All-American heptathlete who majored in kinesiology. She plans to attend graduate school to pursue a career in physical therapy.

Lange lettered four years in track & field and three years in basketball.  She was a captain of both teams her senior year. This is spring she achieved NCAA All-America recognition in the heptathlon for a third straight year, finishing in fourth place at the Division III nationals. The women's basketball team posted an 87-6 record during her varsity year, highlighted by a national championship in 2006.

This spring she was presented the college's Schouten Award which is given to a woman in the graduating class who, in addition to excelling in athletics, possesses strong character traits and leadership abilities.

She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary (Coby) Lange of Manistee.

Lange is the 16th Hope student-athlete, the fifth since 2005, to receive the scholarship. 

Lange's award is one of 58 postgraduate scholarships valued at $7,500 each to be presented to student-athletes in all NCAA Divisions who participated in tennis, golf, outdoor track & field, rowing, baseball and softball. She is the only honoree from a Michigan college or university.

In addition to the spring sport honorees, the NCAA also awards postgraduate scholarships to student-athletes participating in fall and winter sports. 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) and must have performed with distinction as a member of a varsity team.  The student-athlete also must intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time or part-time graduate student.

Students are nominated by the school's faculty athletics representatives. Candidates are screened by regional selection committees, and the award recipients are selected by the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee.