March 11, 2011

W&L's Kurkis Receives an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has announced that Washington and Lee senior football player Greg Kurkis (Roswell, Ga./Westminster) is one of 29 Division I, II and III athletes selected to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for participation in a fall sport.

Kurkis' selection gives W&L 13 winners in the last nine years and 32 W&L athletes have been so honored since 1970.

"Receiving an NCAA postgraduate scholarship is a great honor, and it will be of immense help to me in achieving my future goal of becoming a physician," remarked Kurkis.  "I am exceptionally thankful to the W&L coaches, professors, and administrators that provided me with opportunities to experience success both in the classroom and on the football field."

A biochemistry major, Kurkis started all 40 games of his college career as an offensive lineman. The 2007 Old Dominion Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year, he was a four-time all-conference selection and was twice named the conference's top scholar-athlete in football.

Kurkis started all 11 games during the 2010 season in helping lead Washington and Lee to an 8-3 overall record and a perfect 6-0 record in conference play. The Generals claimed their first ODAC title since 2006 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history. 

Behind Kurkis, the W&L offense ranked fifth nationally in rushing offense (359.6 ypg), 26th in total offense (438.8 ypg) and 32nd in scoring offense (35.3 ppg), and the Generals school records for rushing yards (3,955) and points scored (388) in a season. The team captain was named First Team All-ODAC, First Team All-State and Third Team All-South Region for his efforts.

An excellent student, Kurkis is a two-time CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-America selection, garnering second team laurels as a junior and first team accolades as a senior. He plans to attend medical school in the fall, specializing in either orthopedics or cardiology.

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 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.

Please visit the Washington and Lee NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship page for a complete listing of W&L's scholarship winners over the years.  For the complete listing of 2010 NCAA Fall Postgraduate Scholarship Awardees, simply download the PDF.

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