June 29, 2012
Rice women's track and field student-athletes Allison Pye and Becky Wade along with women's tennis player Ana Guzman and men's track and field student-athlete Dan Sloat have all received NCAA postgraduate scholarships.
The group of four Rice seniors equals the most in an academic year at the university. Each will receive a one-time grant of $7,500. Wade was awarded a postgraduate scholarship in the fall while Guzman, Pye and Sloat are all spring selections.
Up to 174 postgraduate scholarships are awarded annually - 87 for men and 87 for women - to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically, are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition and plan to pursue graduate studies. Student-athletes must also maintain at least a 3.2 grade point average and be nominated by their institution's faculty athletics representative.
Created in 1964, NCAA postgraduate scholarships promote and encourage education by rewarding the Association's most accomplished student-athletes.
Since its inception, Rice has had 34 student-athletes receive NCAA postgraduate scholarships and this year marks the seventh time the university has had multiple recipients.
All four Rice honorees maintained at least a 3.90 grade point average at Rice.
Pye is a three-time CoSIDA All-District Team selection who graduated in May from Rice with a degree in policy studies as well as kinesiology. She placed sixth at the 2011 Conference USA Cross Country Championship as well as third in the 5000m and fourth in the 3000m at the 2012 C-USA Indoor Championship. At the 2012 C-USA Outdoor Champonship she finished second in the 5000m and fifth in the 10,000m
Pye, a native of Cypress, Texas, concluded her career with a 21st place finish at the NCAA West Preliminary Round.
Pye has volunteered extensively during his five years at Rice, most notably working for The Woman's Hospital of Texas in the Adolescent and Sports Medicine Department. A Magna Cum Laude graduate, Pye will begin medical school in the fall.
Wade received her bachelor's degree from Rice in history, psychology and sociology, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a 4.02 GPA and Phi Beta Kappa. During her collegiate career as a member of both the cross country and track and field teams, the Dallas native earned 11 varsity letters. She received All-America honors for cross country, indoor track, outdoor track and in the classroom as a senior.
Wade concluded her career at Rice as the school record holder in the indoor 5000m, outdoor 5000m and outdoor 10,000m. Friday night she will run in the finals of the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials with an opportunity to make the United States National Team and earn an opportunity to compete at the 2012 Games next month in London.
Wade also received a prestigious Watson Fellowship this spring. She will spend her Watson Fellowship year traveling to the United Kingdom, Ethiopia, Japan, New Zealand and Finland exploring the running culture of each country.
Guzman, a native of Guatemala City, Guatemala, who helped the Owls to the NCAA Sweet 16 this spring, graduated from Rice with a degree in psychology. The four-time C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal recipient, compiled over 1000 combined spring wins between singles and doubles play during her four seasons at Rice.
Guzman graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a five-time President's Honor Roll awardee as well as twice named the "Scholar-Athlete" of the women's tennis team.
Sloat, a native of Sammamish, Wash., is a two-time CoSIDA All-District Team selection who graduated from Rice with a degree in civil and environmental engineering. The seven-time President's Honor Roll selection graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 4.11 grade point average.
During his career, Sloat took time away from his studies to be involved on campus through committees, projects and tutoring fellow students.
Earlier this spring Sloat placed fourth in the 800m at the 2012 C-USA Indoor Championship.
"These four student-athletes are just exemplary," said Julie Griswold, Associate Director of Academic Advising for Athletics. "They have gone above and beyond as athletes, as students and as people in giving back to the university and the people around them. Each specifically is very deserving."