Huffer of Williams Receives Postgraduate Scholarship from the NCAA

Courtesy NCAA/Williams Sports Information

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Williams senior Patrick Huffer (Boulder, Colo.), a member of the Ephs' Men's Soccer team, has received a postgraduate scholarship from the NCAA. A biology major, Huffer is the 17th Williams student-athlete to earn a NCAA postgraduate scholarship and the first from the Men's Soccer team.

During the fall, Huffer was named to the NESCAC All-Academic team for the second year in a row, along with being named an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American First Team selection and an ESPN The Magazine All-Academic Region I. Additionally, Huffer became the first non-Division I player since 1999 to be named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Scholar-Athlete for all divisions when he was awarded the 2006 NSCAA/adidas Men's Scholar Athlete of the Year Award for Senior Colleges.

Huffer also excelled on the pitch for the Ephs as he led the team in goals scored each of the past three seasons and was named the 2007 NESCAC Player of the Year in addition to receiving All-NESCAC First Team honors for the second year in a row and earning First Team All-American recognition. He netted 33 career goals and recorded 10 assists for 76 points.

A total of 58 postgraduate scholarships of $7,500 each were awarded to 29 male student-athletes and 29 female student-athletes who participated in fall sports, which included women's badminton (emerging sport), men's and women's cross country, women's equestrian (emerging sport), football, field hockey, men's and women's soccer, men's water polo, and women's volleyball.

In addition to the fall sport honorees, the NCAA also awards 118 postgraduate scholarships to student-athletes participating in winter and spring sports in which the NCAA conducts championships or participates in as an emerging sport, for a total of 174 postgraduate scholarships annually.

To qualify for an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall grade-point average of 3.200 (on a 4.000 scale) or its equivalent, and must have performed with distinction as a member of the varsity team in the sport in which the student-athlete was nominated. The student-athlete must have behaved, both on and off the field, in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics. The student-athlete also must intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time or part-time graduate student.

Nomination information is sent to faculty athletics representatives for fall sports in September, for winter sports in late November, and for spring sports in January. Selections are made three times each academic year. The nomination must be submitted during the appropriate seasonal category for the sport to the appropriate regional committee chair. Candidates are screened by seven regional selection committees, and the award recipients are selected by the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee.

Huffer plans to take a year off after Williams to work and travel before applying his $7,500 NCAA postgraduate scholarship towards his expenses for medical school.

For more information about the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Program, go to www.ncaa.org, select Academics & Athletes, then select Scholarships & Internships.