Max Stearns with his 2013 Big Ten Medal of Honor finalist plaque.
April 24, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Max Stearns, a four-year member of the Ohio State fencing team, is one of 29 recipients of an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, as the NCAA recently announced its winter sport winners for 2012-13. Stearns plans to pursue a law degree at Moritz School of Law at Ohio State after completing his bachelor's in political science with a 4.0 GPA this spring.
A product of Minneapolis, Minn., Stearns advanced to the NCAA Championships in sabre all four years, finishing sixth overall as a senior with 15 victories, 97 touches, and a +21 indicator. His best postseason performance came during his junior campaign when he finished tied for third to help propel Ohio State to the 2012 national championship.
He previously was a member of the silver medal-winning team at the Junior World Championships in 2010 where he helped secure the first team medal for Canada at a World Championship. A year laters, Stearns, a member of the Canadian Senior National Team, competed at the 2011 Pan-American Championships where his team won the silver medal.
Also the winner of the 2013 Big Ten Medal of Honor, Stearns' accomplishments on the fencing strip have been rivaled only by his achievements in the classroom. He received the NCAA's Elite 89 award in March, presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships. During his time at Ohio State, Stearns has been a OSU Scholar-Athlete and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, while spending seven terms on the Dean's List.
His goals only get bigger though.
"My plans at this time will be to apply my law degree, along with a degree in finance, to the field of business as a management consultant," Stearns said. "Once I have gained enough experience, I hope to apply my professional abilities to strategic management consulting for non-profit organizations, making them more efficient and effective."
To qualify for an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, student-athletes must excel academically and athletically, be in his or her final year of eligibility and plan to pursue graduate study. Student-athletes must also maintain at least a 3.2 grade-point average and be nominated by their institution's faculty athletics representative.
Created in 1964, NCAA postgraduate scholarships promote and encourage education by rewarding the Association's most accomplished student-athletes.
In his own words:
My experience here at Ohio State has played an essential part in shaping my career aspirations and preparing me for this point. I have been privileged to have had guidance from an amazing coaching staff and support team, including my academic and career advisers, the SASSO team and members of the athletics department. Because of my coaches, I have learned lessons key to my future success. They have held me to the highest standards and expected my best each and every day, and as a result, I am a stronger and more capable individual.
Because of the members of the athletics department, compliance, SASSO and my academic advisors, I have been pushed to pursue more challenging goals and aided in my efforts to reach them. They have been the ones I can depend on to help me when I truly need it, and the ones to push me along when they knew I could do better. Because of them, I have been able to go further and achieve more than I ever thought I could.
Finally, just by being a part of this Ohio State Community, the importance of togetherness and taking care of those in need has been deeply instilled in me. I have been privileged to attend this amazing institution, not only for the four great years it has given me, but for the lifetime of opportunity that I have been rewarded with by making the decision to become a Buckeye.
Max Stearns, Ohio State `13
NCAA postgraduate scholarship recipient
Elite 89 Award winner