FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State cross country and track & field athletes Chloe Phillips and Christian Meyer were each awarded $7,500 NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships. CSU made the announcement Friday.
Phillips and Meyer are two of up to 174 former student-athletes to receive the honor. Phillips is in graduate school at CSU in occupational therapy, while Meyer will attend Vanderbilt this fall joining a six year program that will lead to a Ph.D. in physics and bio-magnetic sciences.
After earning her undergrad at Mississippi State, Phillips transferred to CSU to begin grad school and use up her final year of eligibility in cross country and track & field. In just one year with the Rams, Phillips amassed two academic all-Mountain West nods, as well as an MW Scholar-Athlete honor. The Flagstaff, Ariz., native achieved a cumulative 3.667 grade-point average while at CSU, the highest on the team among seniors.
“Competing in the NCAA has been an incredible opportunity for these past five years, but beyond that has been a blessing in helping me achieve and afford higher education to accomplish my dreams beyond the track,” said Phillips. “I have had the privilege of competing at CSU for one year while gaining my masters in occupational therapy. This year with the Rams has come to an end far too quickly, as I have been overwhelmed by the support, warmth, and encouragement that I have received from day one by my coaches, teammates, and athletic staff. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Ram family and will forever cherish my year with them. The consistency, dedication, and relentlessness that my coaches have fostered are helping me to make this transition from being a student-athlete to successfully achieving my goals as an occupational therapist. While I no longer have to show up to the track each week with my game face on, ready to pour my heart into an interval session, I carry that game face with m e as I desire to move forward into this next chapter pouring my heart into different things: my patients and research within the field of occupational therapy. College athletics has proven to be a far greater and fuller adventure than I ever could have bargained for. It has given me more than just the potential and work ethic to compete as an athlete, college athletics have helped teach me to bring your best to every endeavor that you invest in. It has given me more than just the support of people to cheer me on during a race, college athletics have provided me with relationships and support systems that I will hang onto for much longer. I can't express my appreciation for the Rams enough and the way they have supported me in my running, my graduate studies, and simply in life.”
This award is in addition to the $2,500 scholarship Meyer won earlier this month for earning the Men’s Mountain West Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He became the fifth track & field athlete to win CSU’s Merrill-Gheen Award in the past eight years this month. Throughout his collegiate career, the Albuquerque, N.M., native maintained an outstanding cumulative GPA of 3.845. In the 2013-14 academic year Meyer was a two-time academic all-conference recipient as well as a Mountain West Scholar-Athlete. This past year he held the highest GPA amongst his senior classmates on both the cross country and track & field squads.
“This award has been cause for great celebration, but also humble reflection on the myriad of people who have helped me achieve it,” commented Meyer. “The longer I contemplate the more grateful I become as this award is repurposed, not as an award for individual merit, but one for the effort of a community. This award then is for the Colorado State family, of whom I am blessed to be a member, for the guidance and persistence that acted as conduits of God's amazing grace into my life.”
NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Program
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.
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