NCAA honors Caulfield with postgrad scholarship

INDIANAPOLIS – The postseason honors continued on Monday for Haverford College's Kevin Caulfield as the recent graduate was granted a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

Monday's honor brings Haverford's total to 25 postgraduate scholarships including seven in the past five years. Caulfield is the second men's tennis player to receive the award (2009, Alex Buxbaum '09).

A four-time first-team All-Centennial Conference player in singles (three times in doubles), Caulfield was recently tabbed the Philadelphia Inquirer's academic all-area performer of the year in men's tennis, winning the award for the second straight year.

His playing days at Haverford finished in the spring with a trip to the NCAA's 2013 singles tournament where Caulfield earned All-America status after winning his opening-round match in the round of 32 before falling to the eventual national champion in the round of 16.

Over the course of his four years playing at the No. 1 slot for the Fords, Caulfield amassed 57 singles wins which ties for second-most in program history.

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. 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. 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.