June 12, 2012
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Atlantic 10 Conference Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade announced Tuesday the recipients of the annual A-10 Postgraduate Scholarship. This year’s recipients include Dayton’s Yvonne Marten, Jennifer Nalepa from Saint Louis, Marissa Norman of Rhode Island and Charlotte’s Macey Ruble.
Each recipient will receive $5,000 to contribute to their graduate education. All four student-athletes have performed with distinction both in the classroom and in their respective sports throughout their career, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community. The selections are made by a panel of five Faculty Athletic Representatives from Atlantic 10 member institutions. The recipients of the A-10 Postgraduate Scholarship are required to use their scholarship toward postgraduate education expenses.
“All four of our post-graduate honorees have distinguished themselves as ideal examples of what all of our student-athletes strive for,” stated McGlade. “This is one of our most prestigious awards because it honors the academic side of college athletics. Success in the classroom is one of the Atlantic 10’s hallmarks and these four individuals are a large part of that. I extend my congratulations to each of them for standing out in a very competitive field of applicants.”
There were 26 scholarship applications from 10 different A-10 institutions. This marked the seventh consecutive year that female applicants have received 3 of the 4 scholarships. By rule, the scholarships are awarded to one male, one female and two others of either gender.
Throughout Marten’s five years with the Dayton volleyball program, she has been the epitome of perseverance, hard work, leadership and maintaining excellence in the classroom while Dayton maintained championship form on the court. The Fortville, Ind. native stepped in as a true freshman and started in 2007, helping UD to a 33-2 record with outright A-10 regular season and tournament titles while advancing to the second round of the NCAA Championship.
Before returning to start for the 2010 season Marten recovered from multiple knee injuries from 2008 and 2009, only to return better than ever in 2010 – recording 180 kills and 88 blocks as UD went undefeated against A-10 opponents and climbed in the national polls as high as No. 12. For her efforts, Yvonne was named Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference and Academic All-District in 2010. As team captain and UD's lone senior in 2011 Marten was distinguished as the A-10 Championship's Most Outstanding Player, A-10 Second Team All-Conference and Academic All-District First Team. She graduated in May with a 3.8 grade point average in pre-dentistry and is enrolled in Marquette University's School of Dentistry for the Fall of 2012. Marten is the fourth Flyer volleyball player to earn the post-graduate scholarship and the seventh Dayton student- athlete overall.
Nalepa earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in psychology, graduating cum laude in May. Beginning this fall, she will pursue a master’s degree in sports psychology at Michigan State University. Nalepa earned a place on the A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll in four of her six semesters at Saint Louis after transferring from Western Michigan. She served as a volunteer at Karen House homeless shelter, volunteered at the 2011 U.S. Open Wheelchair Tennis Tournament and worked at the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State University in the summer of 2011
Nalepa, who played No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles and served as team captain during her senior season, was selected to the All-Conference first team as a junior and senior and was a second-team choice as a sophomore. She finished her three-year Billiken career with a 58-28 singles record, ranking 11th on SLU’s all-time victories list, and a 48-34 doubles mark, good for a 12th-place tie in program annals. On the Bills’ all-time season lists, Nalepa’s 19 doubles wins this year tied for seventh, while her 21 singles victories in 2010-11 tied for ninth. Her 6-1 career singles record in A-10 Championship competition included a 3-0 ledger in 2011 that helped the Billikens capture the runner-up spot, the best conference tournament finish in program history. Nalepa is the second SLU women’s tennis player to be selected for the post-graduate scholarship and the seventh Billiken overall.
Rhode Island senior Marissa Norman has a cumulative 3.61 grade point average as a psychology major, with minors in sociology and kinesiology. She will study sports psychology at Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla. In addition to her success on the track, the South Kingstown, R.I. native is a teaching assistant and certified nonviolence instructor at URI. As a nonviolence instructor, she has delivered lectures on the philosophies of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She also spent time in Colorado Springs after being selected to participate in the U.S. Olympic Committee's F.L.A.M.E. (Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere) program, which is designed to help expose minority youths to the Olympics.
During her career, Norman was a five-time member of the Atlantic 10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, and a six-time member of the Dean’s List at URI. She has received the Althea Gibson Scholar-Athlete Award, as well as the 2012 Winifred Keaney Award, the top honor given to a senior student-athlete at the University of Rhode Island. Norman has served as a member of URI’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee. A two-time Atlantic 10 Indoor Track and Field champion in the heptathlon, Norman also won the event at both the 2012 A-10 Outdoor Track and Field Championship and the 2012 Outdoor New England Championship. During both the indoor and outdoor seasons this year, Norman was named to the A-10’s Academic All-Conference Team. Norman is the eight URI Ram to earn the prestigious award and the third in track & field.
Macey Ruble, a native of Boone, N.C., finished his career at Charlotte posting a flawless 4.0 GPA while double majoring in Physics and Mathematics as well as a minor in Psychology. The pole vault specialist has placed in the top 10 at the Indoor A-10 Track and Field Championships all four years, his best finish a second at the 2010 A-10 Indoor Championships. Ruble also placed in the top five at the Outdoor track and Field A-10 Championships in his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons. His 15’1” mark in 2009 is tied for third all-time in the pole vault at Charlotte for an outdoor season, while a 14’3” jump stands as tenth-best at Charlotte for an indoor meet.
He is a four-time member of the Chancellor’s List and Atlantic 10 Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll, as well as a two-time member of the Capital One Academic All-District Three Team (2010, 2012). Ruble is a three-time winner of the Hugh McEniry Men’s Student Athlete of the Year at Charlotte, awarded to the male student-athletes with the highest grade point average in the department. Ruble was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society in 2010 and Sigma Pi Sigma National Physics Honor Society in 2011. Ruble will enroll into Cornell in the Fall of 2012 towards the pursuit of terminal degree in physics. He is the fourth 49er to be awarded one of the four annual A-10 Postgraduate Scholarships, the third from track and field.