LA JOLLA, Calif. - University of California San Diego senior student-athletes Michael Cohn and Adam Klie were selected to receive NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships as the association announced its winter sports awardees this week.
NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships are given to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are at least in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition.
Cohn is a member of UC San Diego's nationally-ranked swimming and diving team. A four-time All-American, he finished fifth in the 200 backstroke at the 2017 NCAA Championships and was the national runner-up in the event in 2016.
The Music major is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team selection and has won the NCAA Elite 90 Award (given to the NCAA Championships participant with the highest GPA) in each of the last two years.
A guard on the men's basketball team, Klie helped lead the Tritons to their most successful season ever as the squad set program records for wins (27) and California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) victories (17). UCSD won its first ever conference regular season title and second league tournament crown en route to advancing to the NCAA West Region championship game for the second consecutive season. Klie picked up many athletic awards, including CCAA Player of the Year and all-region accolades.
A Bioengineering major, Klie holds a 4.0 GPA. He was named the CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year, the CCAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and UC San Diego's Outstanding Senior Student-Athlete.
The one-time, non-renewable NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships of $7,500 are awarded three times a year corresponding to each sport season (fall, winter, and spring). Each sports season, there are 29 scholarships available for men and 29 scholarships available for women for use in an accredited graduate program.
All former student-athletes who earned an undergraduate degree from an NCAA member school are eligible to be nominated by that school for an NCAA graduate degree scholarship, regardless of when they received their undergraduate degree.
The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship program was created in 1964 to promote and encourage graduate education by rewarding the association's most accomplished student-athletes through their participation in NCAA championship and/or emerging sports. Athletics and academic achievements, campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities, and demonstrated leadership are evaluated.
During the 2016-17 academic year, four UC San Diego student-athletes have been awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships. Along with Cohn and Klie, men's soccer players Sam Palano and Kuba Waligorski earned the honor in the fall.
The NCAA will announce its spring sports scholarship winners in the coming months.
To date, 36 UC San Diego Tritons have been awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships. Click here for a complete list.