Confroy, Leto Earn Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarships

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ROSEMONT, Ill. – Seniors Kristen Confroy of women’s basketball and Alex Leto from men’s track and field earned Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarships, announced Thursday by the conference office.

Two students competing in intercollegiate athletics from each of the 14 Big Ten institutions who plan to continue their education at a graduate degree program were each awarded a $7,500 scholarship, based on primarily academic achievements.

This year's recipients span 14 different sports and will continue their education in a variety of different disciplines, including accounting, advertising and public relations, aerospace engineering, biochemistry, biology, biology-vertebrate physiology, business, environmental sciences, human biology, kinesiology, mechanical engineering, neurobiology, neuroscience, nutrition science, physiology, psychology, recreation, sociology.

Confroy and Leto are two of six of the recipients to have also earned the Big Ten Medal of Honor from their respective schools this spring.

A four-year letterwinner for the Maryland women’s basketball team and this year's SAAC President, Confroy will graduate with a degree in biology and a concentration in neurobiology and physiology later this month. She will attend the Wake Forest School of Medicine in the fall. Confroy earned Academic All-Big Ten honors every season and was named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. She earned CoSIDA Academic All-District II honors twice.

Leto is a four-year letterwinner for the Maryland men’s track and field team set to graduate in May with a 3.46 GPA in kinesiology. A two-time academic all-conference honoree, Leto has been named to the Deans List twice and has been on the Athlete Honor Roll every semester since enrolling at Maryland. Leto is a Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winner and has won both the Terp Award for Community Service and the James H. Kehoe Award, given to the male student athlete who exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship.

Each Big Ten institution developed its own on-campus selection process when awarding the scholarship. Students must have 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.