LA JOLLA, Calif. - After wrapping up their athletic careers and graduating last month, former UC San Diego student-athletes Jessica Ferguson, Kelly Fogarty and Vincent Nguyen were recently awarded postgraduate scholarships from the NCAA to help further their education. The three former Triton standouts will all pursue graduate degree programs in the near future.
Ferguson, a four-year letterwinner on the UCSD women's swimming team and member of the Tritons' 2009 gold-medal-winning 200 medley relay unit, will be attending medical school at UCLA starting in August. A former molecular biology major in Warren College, she plans to specialize in internal medicine and focus on infectious disease.
Fogarty, who had a tremendous four-year career as a member of the UCSD track and field team and set school records in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes along the way, will be applying to medical schools this summer for Fall 2012 admission. A human biology major in Sixth College at UCSD, Fogarty plans to pursue a career in either gynecology or sports medicine and hopes to study at UC San Francisco, Washington University or Boston University.
Nguyen, who spent four seasons on the UCSD men's tennis team and was a key member of the 2011 squad that went 20-1 and advanced to the NCAA Championship Finals, will enroll in the MD program at Temple University's School of Medicine next month with an eye on pursuing a career as a neurosurgeon. Nguyen was a biochemistry and cell biology major in Marshall College.
"It is a tremendous privilege to be selected for this scholarship," Nguyen said. "Both the University and men's tennis team mean a great deal to me and receiving something like this that is reflective of my work on the court and in the classroom is gratifying. Obviously, the award itself is nice and the scholarship will be a huge help towards my medical education."
The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, with 87 going to men and 87 to women. The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are at least in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition.
The one-time grants of $7,500 each are awarded for fall sports, winter sports and spring sports and there are 29 scholarships available for men and 29 scholarships available for women each season. The scholarships are one-time, non-renewable grants.
The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship was created in 1964 to promote and encourage postgraduate education by rewarding the association's most accomplished student-athletes through their participation in NCAA championship and/or emerging sports. Athletics and academic achievements, as well as campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership, are evaluated. An equitable approach is employed in reviewing each applicant's nomination form to provide opportunity to all student-athlete nominees to receive the postgraduate award, regardless of sport, division, gender or race. In maintaining the highest broad-based standards in the selection process, the program aims to reward those individuals whose dedication and effort are reflective of those characteristics necessary to succeed and thrive through postgraduate study in an accredited graduate degree program.
A total of 27 student-athletes have earned the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship at UC San Diego, which has a rich tradition of both academic and athletic excellence.
Information in this release courtesy of NCAA.org.