May 16, 2013
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- The Big Ten Conference Office announced Thursday (May 16) the inaugural recipients of postgraduate scholarships at each of the 12 institutions representing the Big Ten Conference. Women's swimmer Val Barthelemy (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) and football player Steve Wilson (White Lake, Mich./Lakeland HS) were selected as the University of Michigan recipients by a committee of faculty and staff from the institution.
A senior tri-captain, Barthelemy graduated this spring with a degree in naval architecture and marine engineering and plans to earn a graduate degree in engineering. She was honored with the Eric Namesnik Memorial Award this season, which is presented to the swimmer who best exemplifies the Three D's: desire, determination and dedication.
Barthelemy finished 16th in the 400-yard individual medley and 25th in the 200-yard IM at this year's Big Ten Championships. She is one of the most accomplished women's swimmers in the classroom, earning Academic All-Big Ten honors three times and U-M Athletic Academic Achievement all four years.
Wilson plans to attend medical school after earning his degree in cellular and molecular biology this spring. He performed cancer research during his undergraduate days. A walk-on cornerback for the football team, Wilson earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2012. He saw his only career action against Massachusetts this past season.
One male and one female student-athlete from each of the 12 Big Ten institutions who plan to continue their education at a graduate degree program was awarded a $7,500 scholarship, based on primarily academic achievements.
Each Big Ten institution developed its own on-campus selection process when awarding the scholarship. Student-athletes must have been in their final season of NCAA eligibility, maintained at least a 3.2 grade-point average, demonstrated leadership qualities, served as an excellent role model and intended to continue their academic work beyond their baccalaureate degree at a graduate degree program.
The scholarship will be used to pay expenses of the student's postgraduate education to include such related activities as research and teaching, as well as other expenses such as tuition, fees, room and board, required course-related supplies and books. In order to retain the scholarship, the recipient must be accepted into a full-time graduate degree program within three years from the fall semester after selection.
Following is a joint statement from Anne Curzan (Faculty Athletics Representative and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of English) and Allan Stam (Chair of the Academic Performance Committee and Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies) regarding Michigan's two winners of the Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarship:
"All the candidates for the scholarship were extremely impressive, exemplifying the inspiring things that Michigan student-athletes can and do achieve as students and athletes. The committee had to make some hard decisions. Valerie and Steve both very successfully undertook rigorous academic concentrations that allowed them to pursue their intellectual passions as undergraduates at Michigan. They also showed real leadership on their teams and other groups on campus. We look forward to seeing all that Valerie will achieve with her graduate degree in engineering and Steve with his M.D.
"The new Big Ten postgraduate scholarships are a great opportunity for us to support two graduating student-athletes every year in achieving their goals of graduate work in the fields they have gotten excited about as students at Michigan."
Contact: David Ablauf (734) 763-4423