March 8, 2013

Kissin earns NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

HAVERFORD, Pa. – The NCAA has announced that senior Peter Kissin, a member of Haverford College's cross country and track teams, has earned a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

Kissin is the 10th athlete from the cross country and track programs to be selected for the scholarship. His award for the fall of 2012 season marks the fifth consecutive year in which a Haverford athlete has garnered the postseason scholarship. In all, 24 student-athletes from Haverford have been named NCAA postgraduate scholars.

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.

Kissin has twice been selected for the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's Men's Cross Country Division III All-Academic Team (2011, 2012) and has been a member of the Centennial Conference cross country academic honor roll in his sophomore, junior and senior years.

On the athlete side of the student-athlete equation, Kissin raced to All-American status at the 2012 NCAA D-III championship meet, placing 28th for a Haverford squad that tied for second place in the team standings. Kissin is a two-time all-Mideast Region runner (2011, 2012) and twice earned first-team all-conference honors.

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.