Women's Basketball's Kathleen Barry Receives NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

INDIANAPOLIS -- Columbia women's basketball senior Kathleen Barry was one of 58 senior winter student-athletes across all three NCAA divisions to be awarded the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, it was announced on Tuesday. Barry is the second Lion in as many years to win the scholarship, as fencer Jeff Spear '10CC received the same honor last year.

Harvard swimmer Katherine Mills was the only other Ivy League student-athlete to receive the scholarship. The Ivy League has totaled 206 athletes who have earned NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships through the winter season of the 2010-11 academic year.

The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women. The one-time grants of $7,500 each are awarded for fall sports, winter sports and spring sports. Each sports season (fall, winter and spring), there are 29 scholarships available for men and 29 scholarships available for women.

A model student-athlete, Barry became the first women's basketball player in Columbia history to be named a first team CapitalOne/CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2010-11. A co-captain for the Lions as a senior, Barry also became just the fifth player in school history to be recognized on the All-ivy League first team.

On the court, Barry ranked second in the Ivy League in rebounding (7.1 rpg), second in steals (2.04 spg), seventh in blocked shots (0.9 bpg) and ninth in free-throw percentage (.741).

Barry has been named to the Columbia College Dean's List in every semester she has been on campus and currently maintains a 3.99 GPA. The Economics/Mathematics and Spanish major has also been a member of the 4.0 Club on five separate occasions, and has plans to go to graduate school in the fall of 2011.

To qualify for an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall grade-point average of 3.2 (on a 4.0 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.

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.