April 27, 2005
Prange Honored With NCAA Postgraduate ScholarshipINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. --- Northwest Missouri State track & field student-athlete Clint Prange (Shelbyville, Mo.) has been awarded with a NCAA postgraduate scholarship of $7,500, one of 56 such individuals among all three divisions in the winter season, announced by the NCAA offices yesterday. There are 28 male student-athletes and 28 female student-athletes who participated in winter sports. Prange becomes the only male selection from the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) - Truman State had two females on the list.
Prange, who is in his first year of graduate work in agriculture at Northwest, is a standout in a few field events. The four-time All-America selection, Prange most recently was a 2005 Indoor All-America selection in the Shot Put after he was third at Nationals with a toss of 61'11". That mark set the Northwest record as well. Prange has won national individual titles twice in the Discus Throw.
Thus far in the 2005 outdoor season, Prange has earned top honors in the both the Shot Put and Discus Throw on two occasions. Most recently at the Kansas University Relays (Apr., 23), Prange was fifth in the Shot Put Invitational Division - an event that attracts Division I and professional throwers.
In addition to the winter sport honorees, the NCAA also awards 114 postgraduate scholarships to student-athletes participating in fall and spring sports in which the NCAA conducts championships or participates in as an emerging sport, for a total of 170 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 forms are 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 application 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.
Prange and his teammates will be in action next at the Drake Relays on Apr. 29-30.
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