ROSEMONT, ILL. – University of Maryland student athletes Tyler Manion (wrestling) and Emily VandeWater (women’s track & field) were both officially announced as Maryland’s Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarship recipients in a release made by the conference offices this afternoon.
The Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarships are awarded annually to 28 student-athletes. Each Big Ten institution annually presents two student-athletes (one male and one female) with one-time postgraduate scholarships of $7,500 each. Each of the recipients was evaluated based primarily on their achievements in academics.
“We are proud to have a pair of outstanding student athletes receive this honor,” said director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “Their commitment to excellence both academically and athletically exemplifies what it means to be a Terrapin student-athlete. We wish them the very best in their future academic pursuits.”
Recipients of the postgraduate scholarship had to have been in their final season of NCAA athletics eligibility while earning an overall undergraduate minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.200 or its equivalent, including all hours earned at all institutions attended.
Manion is the second straight Maryland wrestler to receive the postgrad scholarship after completing his career this past winter. He is a native of McDonald, Pennsylvania and totaled 29 victories on the mat for UMD. He had seven career pins during his Terrapin career, and took home a fourth place finish at the Shorty Hitchcock Invitational this season. He was a 2x Academic All-Big Ten honoree and will graduate with a degree in management. He will pursue a masters of business administration.
VandeWater is a four-year member of the women’s track & field and cross country programs, and will compete at the Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships this weekend in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Parkton, Md. native is a seasoned middle distance runner of the Terps, posting career best times of 2:12.33 in the 800, 2:55.56 in the 1000 and 4:38.80 in the 1500. She is a 2x Academic All-Big Ten selection and will graduate with a degree in kinesiology. VandeWater will pursue a doctorate in physical therapy at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore.