May 16, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Alicia Herron from softball and Max Stearns from fencing were announced as Ohio State’s recipients of the 2013 Big Ten postgraduate scholarships, the conference office announced Thursday. One male and one female student-athlete from each of the 12 Big Ten institutions who plan to continue their education at a graduate degree program were awarded a $7,500 scholarship, based on primarily academic achievements. Herron and Stearns both were recently honored as Ohio State’s Big Ten Medal of Honor winners this spring.
Herron completed her career as the Ohio State record holder in career runs scored (168), second in home runs (49) and RBI (176), third in hits (226), fourth in triples (11) and doubles (40) and fifth in walks (113) and batting average (.367). A four-time All-Big Ten and All-Region selection, she concluded her Buckeye career with a .378 average, 48 runs scored, 51 hits and 14 home runs in 2012. As a freshman, Herron helped the Buckeyes advance to its first Super Regional in program history after breaking the OSU freshman home runs record with 14 in 2009. Herron also excelled in the classroom during her time at Ohio State, becoming the first Buckeye in program history to be named a first team Academic All-American. Herron, who graduated from The Ohio State University in fall of 2012 with a degree in speech and hearing sciences, was a three-time Academic All-District and Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.
Stearns, a veteran fencer for the men's sabre squad, has acquired both individual and team accolades in his tenure at Ohio State. The Minnesota native was a member of the silver medal-winning team at the Junior World Championships in 2010 where he helped secure the first team medal ever for Canada at a World Championship. After other notable honors in 2010, Stearns, a member of the Canadian Senior National Team, competed at the 2011 Pan-American Championships where his team won the silver medal. In 2012, Stearns notched a third place individual title at the NCAA Championships along with the team's 2012 National Champion title. He was also honored as a 2012 First Team All-American. In his time as a Buckeye, Stearns has been a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, a 2010 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, and a two-time member of the Big Ten All-Academic Team (2010, 2012). He has spent seven terms on the Dean's List and graduated this spring with a degree in political science.
This year’s 24 recipients span 15 different sports, including four softball standouts, three student-athletes from football, women’s soccer and women’s swimming and diving teams, two men’s gymnasts, and one recipient each from baseball, women’s cross country, fencing, field hockey, men’s golf, men’s rowing, men’s soccer, men’s swimming and diving and men’s and women’s track and field.
The recipients will continue their education in a variety of different disciplines, including seven student-athletes who plan to enroll in medical schools and six honorees that will enter law schools. This year’s honorees are also pursuing graduate degrees in diverse fields of study, including dentistry, economics, fine arts, human resources and labor relations, naval architecture and marine engineering, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, sports management and veterinary medicine.
All 24 of the recipients have been named Academic All-Big Ten at least once in their career, while three have been tabbed Academic All-Americans – Minnesota’s Troy Larson and Allie Phillips and Ohio State’s>Alicia Herron. On the field, Nebraska’s Conor McDermott helped the Husker football team to the Legends Division title and Northwestern’s Jarrett Baughman was part of the Wildcat men’s soccer squad that won its second consecutive Big Ten Championship this season. Ohio State fencer>Max Stearns was part of a Buckeye team that won the NCAA Championship in 2012.
Five postgraduate scholarship winners – Indiana’s Michael McGee, Phillips, Baughman, Penn State’s Scott Rosenthal and Purdue’s Alec LaMothe – have been named Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honorees in their respective sports so far this academic year. Four Big Ten student-athletes received All-Big Ten recognition in their respective sports thus far this season, as Iowa’s Javier Balboa and Sarah Drake, Baughman and Purdue’s Lauren Gustafson earned All-Conference honors.
Each Big Ten institution developed its own on-campus selection process when awarding the scholarship. Student-athletes must have been in their final season of NCAA eligibility, maintained at least a 3.2 grade-point-average, demonstrated leadership qualities, served as an excellent role model and intended to continue their academic work beyond their baccalaureate degree at a graduate degree program.
The scholarship will be used to pay expenses of the student’s postgraduate education to include such related activities as research and teaching, as well as other expenses such as tuition, fees, room and board, required course-related supplies and books. In order to retain the scholarship, the recipient must be accepted into a full-time graduate degree program within three years from the fall semester after selection.
The complete list of 2012-13 Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarship recipients can be found below.
Zach Becker, Football
Keri Eberhardt, Women’s Swimming & Diving
Ciersten Burks, Women’s Soccer
Michael McGee, Men’s Golf
Javier Balboa, Men’s Gymnastics
Sarah Drake, Field Hockey
Valerie Barthelemy, Women’s Swimming & Diving
Steve Wilson, Football
Kevin Jackson, Men’s Track & Field
Jordan Mueller, Women’s Soccer
Troy Larson, Baseball
Allie Phillips, Women’s Soccer
Conor McDermott, Football
Megan Southworth, Softball
Jarrett Baughman, Men’s Soccer
Kristin Scharkey, Softball
Scott Rosenthal, Men’s Gymnastics
Lauren Yao, Softball
Lauren Gustafson, Women’s Swimming & Diving
Alec LaMothe, Men’s Swimming & Diving
Hanna Knurr, Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country
Cody Rissman, Men’s Rowing
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