Logterman receives prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
March 26, 2009
AUSTIN, Texas -- University of Texas Soccer standout Stephanie Logterman has been awarded one of the 29 elite NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships for female student-athletes who compete in fall sports. Logterman joins Kelly Wilson (2004) as the only Texas soccer players to earn the distinguished honor."Stephanie has been a leader since the day she stepped on campus," Texas Women's Athletic Director Chris Plonksy said. "Her burn to learn is so evident, and she will gain tremendously from a post-graduate opportunity. Steph is a model student-athlete, and we're proud of her."
The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women. The scholarships are given to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition.
The one-time grants of $7,500 each are awarded for fall, winter and spring sports. There are 29 scholarships available for men and women in each sport season and are one-time, non-renewable grants.
Logterman, who boasts a 3.89 GPA in Humanities/Pre-Med (Honors), is one of the most academically decorated soccer players in Texas history. The Austin native is a two-time National Soccer Coaches of America Association (NSCAA)/adidas Scholar All-American (2007-08) and is just the second UT player to garner the honor twice. She is also a three-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection, a two-time NSCAA Scholar All-South Region First Team pick and a three-time ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All-District 6 recipient.
The defender's athletic accomplishments are just as prolific, as she is a three-time All-Big 12 First Team selection and a three-time NSCAA All-Central Region pick. Logterman played a key role on Texas' record-breaking backline that posted back-to-back 10-shutout seasons (2006-07) and a school-record 11 scoreless opponents in 2008.
On the national scene, Logterman has been a part of six U.S. Youth National Teams and was most recently selected as the 20th overall pick in the Women's Professional Soccer league draft.
While balancing academics and athletics, Logterman made time to leave her stamp on the Longhorn community. She was the Co-President of the Student Athletic Advisory Council (2007-08), Director of Student-Athlete Affairs for The University of Texas Student Government and a peer mentor/tutor to fellow student-athletes in the subject of Government.
Logterman also participated in Marathon Kids, the nationally recognized program dedicated to building physical endurance in children, Neighborhood Longhorns, where she assisted with the scholarship awards banquet, Orange Santa, a program that donates gifts to low-income families, and Hook the Vote, where she helped create a voting initiative and register student-athletes to vote.
"This honor really embodies what Stephanie has accomplished while at Texas," head coach Chris Petrucelli said. "She worked as hard in the classroom and she did on the field so it is good to see her rewarded for all of that hard work."
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; must have performed with distinction as a member of a varsity team; and must intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time or part-time graduate student.