COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Big Ten Conference office announced its annual postgraduate scholarship recipients on Thursday. Two students competing in intercollegiate athletics from each of the 14 Big Ten institutions who plan to continue their education at a graduate degree program were each awarded a $7,500 scholarship, based on primarily academic achievements.
This year's recipients span 14 different sports and will continue their education in a variety of different disciplines, including accounting, advertising and public relations, aerospace engineering, biochemistry, biology, biology-vertebrate physiology, business, environmental sciences, human biology, kinesiology, mechanical engineering, neurobiology, neuroscience, nutrition science, physiology, psychology, recreation, sociology.
Li is a 10-time All-American and nine-time Big Ten champion on the women’s swimming and diving team. In 2017-18, the four-time All-Big Ten selection set school records in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly. Li is a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
Seal is a three-time NCAA Championships participant for the men’s swimming and diving team. The Frisco, Texas, native led the Buckeyes in the 500, 1000 and 1650 freestyle all four seasons. Seal is a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and three-time Academic All-Big Ten pick.
Each Big Ten institution developed its own on-campus selection process when awarding the scholarship. Students must have 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.