INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Debbie Newman (Union, Conn.), a senior co-captain on the 2005 University of New Hampshire women's soccer team, has been awarded one of 58 NCAA postgraduate scholarships that the organization awards to student-athletes who competed in a fall sport.
Newman is the fifth UNH student-athlete to receive this distinguished scholarship. Allison Edgar (women's ice hockey) was a 2004 recipient preceded by Amy Agulay (field hockey; 2001), Orsi Farkas (women's basketball; 2000) and Michael Dix (men's swimming & diving; 1993).
Newman was an Academic District 1 University Division First Team honoree in 2005 and 2004 and a four-time selection to the America East Academic Honor Roll. She was also the recipient of UNH women's soccer Student-Athlete Award (highest grade point average) three consecutive years.
Newman was the leader of the 2005 Wildcats' defensive unit as she battled through nagging injuries to start 15 of the 16 matches in which she played. With Newman directing the backs, UNH recorded eight shutouts and surrendered just one goal three other times. She recorded one point with an assist on the game-tying goal at the University of Vermont on Oct. 9.
Newman, a four-year starter for the 'Cats, recorded five points (all on assists) in 75 career matches. Her other collegiate honors include America East All-Conference Second Team (2002, 2003, 2004), NEWISA All-New England First Team (2003) and America East All-Rookie Team (2002).
To qualify for an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, a student-athlete must have a minimum cumulative grade-point-average of 3.20 and must have performed with distinction as a member of the varsity team from which (s)he was nominated. Furthermore, the student-athlete must have behaved, both on and off the field, in a manner that has brought credit to the individual, the institution and intercollegiate athletics. Each recipient also has the intent to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time or part-time graduate student.
Candidates are screened by seven regional selection committees and the award recipients are selected by the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee.