INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 6, 2012) -Fabia Rothenfluh was recently awarded a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, becoming the first Rollins College student-athlete to earn the prestigious honor.
The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for 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.
Rothenfluh graduated from Rollins this past spring with a degree in Economics, posting a career GPA of 3.92.
"This postgraduate scholarship is yet another accolade for one of the brightest stars on our campus, not just within our student-athlete population," said Rollins Director of Golf and women's head coach Julie Garner. "Fabia is the embodiment of the mission of the College; to develop global citizens and responsible leaders. Not all of her accomplishments show on a stats sheet. However, that is the reason why Rollins is such a special place - we encourage and venerate the entire student-athlete experience, not just the results in their chosen sport."
A native of Kuessnacht, Switzerland, Rothenfluh earned three varsity letters with the Tars and was twice named All-America. As a sophomore, she was named Honorable Mention All-America and picked up three top-10 finishes. The following season, she earned Second Team All-America honors with five top-10 places and a victory at the Penn State Nittany Lion Invitational. This past season, she was named Second Team All-Sunshine State Conference, leading the Tars with a 77.55 stroke average in 27 rounds."
Rollins' NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Joan Davison was instrumental in the scholarship nomination process.
"Fabia is most deserving of this scholarship," said Davison. "She consistently represents the qualities which both Rollins and the NCAA encourage of their student-athletes: ethical leadership, service, and academic and athletic excellence. The NCAA scholarship will help Fabia continue her education with the objective of earning a degree, which enables her to work in the fields of social entrepreneurship and global development management.
Rothenfluh has decided to use the scholarship and attend the London School of Economics and earn a masters' degree that will enable her pursue her career goals.
"I am very proud of Fabia. She truly embodies the meaning of student-athlete," added Rollins Director of Athletics Pennie Parker. "She worked very hard in the classroom and I am thrilled the NCAA is recognizing her for her efforts."
Off the course, Rothenfluh was named NGCA All-America Scholar each of the last three seasons.
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.
"She is a shining example of what is possible for a disciplined, motivated, and engaged student-athlete," added Garner. "We will miss her leadership of our team but we applaud her vision for the future and we wish her nothing but success!"