BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Bridgewater College graduate Briana Moore has received an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship given to student-athletes who participated during the 2018-19 winter sports season.
The NCAA awards up to 126 postgraduate scholarships annually. 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 non-renewable scholarships of $10,000 are awarded three times a year corresponding to each sport season (fall, winter and spring). Each sports season there are 21 scholarships available for men and 21 scholarships available for women for use in an accredited graduate program.
All former student-athletes who earned an undergraduate degree from an NCAA member school are eligible to be nominated by that school for an NCAA graduate degree scholarship, regardless of when they received their undergraduate degree.
Moore graduated this spring after a stellar playing career for the Eagles' women's basketball program. Moore finished her career ranked No. 5 all-time in scoring with 1,419 points.
This past season, Moore was a first-team All-ODAC pick and a third team all-region selection. The Eagles' captain led the team and ranked second in the conference in scoring, averaging 16.9 points per game. She made 45.3 percent of her 3-point field goal attempts to rank seventh in the nation.
Moore was a two-time, first-team Academic All-America selection. She was also a finalist for the prestigious Jostens Trophy which is awarded to the top student-athlete in Division III women's basketball. Earlier this year, she was named the ODAC Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
In the classroom, Moore finished with a 4.0 grade point average while majoring in computer science with a minor in Spanish.
Moore is one of only two women's basketball players receiving the award, joining Miranda Ristau of Northern State University. Moore was one of six Division III student-athletes honored with the postgraduate scholarship.
The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship was created in 1964 to promote and encourage graduate education by rewarding the Association's most accomplished student-athletes through their participation in NCAA championship and/or emerging sports. Athletics and academic achievements, campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership are evaluated. An equitable approach is employed in reviewing an applicant's nomination form to provide all student-athlete nominees an opportunity to receive the graduate award, regardless of sport, division, gender or race. In maintaining the highest broad-based standards in the selection process, the program aims to reward those individuals whose dedication and effort are reflective of those characteristics necessary to succeed and thrive through graduate study.