INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) released its spring 2017 postgraduate scholarship winners, and recent Washington and Lee graduate Conley Hurst (Little Rock, Ark. / Episcopal) of the men's golf team was among the 29 Division I, II and III men that were recognized.
Hurst is the 21st General to receive the distinction over the last 14 years, and 40 W&L athletes have been honored since 1970. He is the first General to receive the scholarship since women's tennis player Patricia Kirkland '15 and men's swimmer Rick Sykes '13 were honored with the award in 2015.
Hurst was a four-time All-ODAC honoree and a two-time ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year selection. A 2016 PING Honorable Mention All-American and the 2014 ODAC Rookie of the Year, he finished fourth at the 2016 NCAA Championship with a +10 score of 72-72-78-75—297.
Hurst notched a 75.74 career scoring average and was a two-time Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar while earning a degree in history. He claimed 10 career Top 10 tournament finishes and placed in the Top 11 at the ODAC Championship all four years.
"I am incredibly honored and grateful to have received this generous scholarship award from the NCAA," Hurst said. "It will go a long way toward helping me achieve my goals as a postgraduate student. Of course, the award simply would not have been possible without the incredible support I received from my coaches, professors and friends throughout my time at Washington and Lee. I could not imagine a more fulfilling way to cap off my four years in Lexington."
Hurst will be pursuing a master of studies in U.S. history at the University of Oxford beginning this fall, and then plans to return to the United States to attend Law school.
The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women. Scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel both academically and athletically in 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, spring), there are 29 scholarships available for men and 29 scholarships for women. The scholarships are one-time, non-renewable grants.