Marquette's Kelly Roethe Awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Aug. 3, 2000

MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee recently announced that Kelly Roethe (Wauwatosa, Wis. / Divine Savior Holy Angels), a recently graduated four-year standout on the Marquette women's soccer team has been named as a recipient of a $5,000 scholarship for part-time or full-time postgraduate study at the university or professional school of her choice. As an At-Large recipient, she is one of only six women's soccer student-athletes from Divisions I, II and III to earn the Postgraduate Scholarship.

"Kelly is well-deserving of this prestigious award," said Kathryn Statz, Marquette University Assistant Athletic Director and Senior Women's Administrator. "Her accomplishments as a member of the soccer team and in the class room are a testimony to her desire to succeed and excel. She is an excellent representative for the University."

The NCAA awards 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 in their last year of intercollegiate athletics competition. One-time grants of $5,000 each are presented to 35 football participants, 32 (16 men and 16 women) basketball players and 107 (36 men and 71 women) varsity student-athletes who compete in sports other than football and basketball and in which the NCAA conducts national championships. A proportionate number of awards in each category are allocated for Divisions I, II and III, with the remaining at-large scholarships selected without division restriction. The scholarships are one-time, nonrenewable grants.

Eligibility is restricted to student-athletes at NCAA member institutions who, in their final year of eligibility, have performed with distinction as members of varsity teams in the sport for which they were nominated. Nominees must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale), be nominated by the faculty athletics representative or athletics director, and intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time graduate student.

Roethe graduated from Marquette in May with a GPA of 3.74 in biology and will be attending the Medical College of Wisconsin.. She is a four-time member of the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll. Earlier this summer, she was one of six recipients to be awarded a $4,000 Postgraduate Scholarship by C-USA.

Roethe closed out her career in 1999 by helping the Golden Eagles to the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament bid by leading the team and Conference USA in scoring with 33 points on 13 goals and seven assists. A starter in 89 of the 90 career games she played in, she is both MU's and C-USA's all-time leading scorer (123 pts.) and goal scorer (49). A four-time All-Conference USA First Team selection, she was twice named to the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region First Team. In addition, she captured a spot on the NSCAA Scholar-Athlete All-America First Team in 1999 as well as being named to the 1999-2000 GTE Academic All-District V Women's Fall/Winter At-Large First Team.

Roethe and the Golden Eagles concluded the season with a 16-7-2 record, tying the school single-season record for victories. The squad captured the C-USA Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament where it advanced to the second round.

Roethe becomes the second Marquette student-athlete to earn a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship this year. In May, former basketball player Lisa Oldenburg (West Allis, Wis.) was awarded a $5,000 scholarship.

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