FARGO, N.D. – Former North Dakota State golfer Nathan Anderson, pole vaulter Leslie Brost and starting pitcher John Straka were among 58 student-athletes nationwide to be selected as NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winners for the 2012-13 spring sports season.
The NCAA awards postgraduate scholarships to 29 men and 29 women each fall, winter and spring. The award is a one-time, non-renewable grant of $7,500 for study toward a graduate degree at the university or professional school of their choice.
North Dakota State student-athletes have earned 46 postgraduate scholarships since the program’s inception in 1964. Anderson is the first NDSU men’s golf recipient and Straka is the second NDSU baseball recipient.
Anderson, an accounting major from Oxbow, N.D., won tournaments at Navy and South Dakota State in 2012-13 and had the lowest scoring average in The Summit League with a school-record 72.23. A two-time Capital One Academic All-American, he was voted to the All-Summit League first team and Academic All-League in 2013.
Brost, an exercise science major from Watertown, S.D., made her sixth career NCAA championship appearance in June placing 18th in the pole vault. Brost was a six-time Summit League champion and became only the third female four-time outdoor champion in league history. She was a first team All-American in 2012 with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA indoor championships and was voted to the Capital One Academic All-America team in 2013.
Straka, an exercise science major from Chaska, Minn., was a three-time All-Summit League starting pitcher and a Capital One Academic All-American in 2013. He set NDSU career records for innings (312.2), shutouts (8) and fewest walks per nine innings (1.38), and finished second in starts (42), wins (22) and strikeouts (253). Straka went 22-11 with a career 2.56 ERA including a school-record 110.1 innings and 92 strikeouts his junior year. He was picked by the Texas Rangers in the 32nd round of the 2013 first-year player draft.