Burks & McGee Receive Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarship
May 16, 2013
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - The Big Ten Conference office announced its inaugural postgraduate scholarships recipients on Thursday. One male and one female student-athlete from each of the 12 Big Ten institutions who plan to continue their education at a graduate degree program were awarded a $7,500 scholarship, based on primarily academic achievements.
Burks, a native of Indianapolis, played in 68 games during her four years on the pitch for the Hoosiers, and was in the starting lineup for 47 of those games. She began her career as a forward but switched to a defender for her final two seasons and was a stalwart there. She had two assists as a sophomore, the only two points of her career, but she helped the IU defense pitch eight shutouts over the last two years.
She is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree as well as a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. Burks will graduate in May with a B.A. in Biology and minors in Spanish and Chemistry. She will begin Medical School in the fall in Indianapolis.
He is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science earlier this month and plans to attend law school moving forward.
Each Big Ten institution developed its own on-campus selection process when awarding the scholarship. Student-athletes must have been in their final season of NCAA eligibility, maintained at least a 3.2 grade-point-average, demonstrated leadership qualities, served as an excellent role model and intended to continue their academic work beyond their baccalaureate degree at a graduate degree program.
The scholarship will be used to pay expenses of the student's postgraduate education to include such related activities as research and teaching, as well as other expenses such as tuition, fees, room and board, required course-related supplies and books. In order to retain the scholarship, the recipient must be accepted into a full-time graduate degree program within three years from the fall semester after selection.