March 6, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. – University of Oklahoma senior Suzy Boulavsky (Houston, Texas) is one of 58 student-athletes to receive an NCAA postgraduate scholarship for the fall 2011 sports period. Boulavsky recently completed a stellar career with the Sooners volleyball program.
"We are thrilled to learn of Suzy's award,” said Oklahoma Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione. “She is a most deserving student-athlete who represents the best of what a student-athlete can be. She has been a leader for our volleyball team on the court and has been recognized for her talent there. She has earned awards for her talent in the classroom. The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship brings both together and recognizes her as an outstanding student who is also an athlete, as someone who has the ability to make a difference in the next part of her career. We congratulate Suzy on this award and look forward to following her career as she pursues her graduate education at the University of Oklahoma."
Boulavsky earned honorable mention All-America and first team all-region honors this past year from the American Volleyball Coaches Association. She led the Sooners with 3.26 kills per set, hitting .291 on the year. Boulavsky averaged 0.77 blocks per set with 96 total. She also earned first team All-Big 12 honors.
Boulavsky not only excelled on the court, but in the classroom and became the first Oklahoma volleyball player to earn first team Academic All-America honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America. She earned third team All-America honors in 2010 and was a three-time Academic All-District selection. She maintains a 3.97 grade point average in public relations.
“Receiving this scholarship is an honor,” Boulavsky said. “It’s great to be nationally recognized among student-athletes for my determination in furthering my education. This means so much to me, and I’m grateful that the NCAA recognizes student-athletes for their achievements athletically and academically.”
Boulavsky is the third Oklahoma student-athlete to receive an NCAA postgraduate scholarship in the last three nomination period. Likewise, Oklahoma is one of only five schools in the Big 12 to have a scholarship winner in the last three nomination periods. The Sooners are tied with former Big 12 member Nebraska for the lead in the Big 12 in that time period.
Among the Division I schools in peer conferences, OU is tied for third, trailing only Stanford and Alabama, in honorees in the last three nomination periods. Oklahoma is one of only 12 schools in those same conferences to have multiple winners in the last three nomination periods.
“We’re very excited for Suzy,” said Oklahoma Head Volleyball Coach Santiago Restrepo. “It’s a great honor for her and recognizes her hard work and dedication on the court and in the classroom. I know academics has a high priority for her, and we’re very proud of her for receiving this scholarship.”
The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women. The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are at least in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition.
The one-time grants of $7,500 each are awarded for fall sports, winter sports and spring sports. Each sports season (fall, winter and spring), there are 29 scholarships available for men and 29 scholarships available for women. The scholarships are one-time, non-renewable grants.
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. Athletics and academic achievements, as well as campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership, are evaluated.
An equitable approach is employed in reviewing each applicant's nomination form to provide opportunity to all student-athlete nominees to receive the postgraduate award, regardless of sport, division, gender or race. 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.