Former Lion Continuing Impact in the Classroom
SAINT LEO, Fla. – Former men's soccer midfielder Bruce Cutler was recently named a recipient of the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship award; it was announced at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The award, which is granted to the top-29 athletic and academic performing student–athletes from the each season of competition, grants Cutler $7,500.00 in tuition to further his studies at another institution.
He is currently on track to graduate in May with a degree in Mathematics.
"Being awarded the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship is a tremendous honor for me. It is an excellent reward for the hard work and dedication I have attempted to put forth both on and off the field during my time at Saint Leo," Cutler stated.
"Above all, I would like to express my gratitude to the members of the Saint Leo community who made this award possible, most notably those who provided testimonies for me as part of the nominations process." He continued, "In addition, I would like to thank Coach Harrison and the various members of the faculty who have pushed me on a daily basis to maximize my potential in all aspects of my life."
"I look forward to starting work on my Master's degree in Computer Science in the fall. Although it will be a strange feeling to leave Saint Leo, I will carry with me many fond memories after an incredible past four years as a student-athlete here," Cutler concluded.
During his tenure as a Lion, he compiled 50 points from the midfield position, registering 18 goals and 14 assists over the span 63 games. As a senior, he tied his career high for goals in a season with six and surpassed his previous season-high in assists (four), also with six.
Cutler also solidified five game-winning tallies over 62 starts and was a perfect 10-for-10 from the penalty-kick area.
In addition, over his four year Cutler earned spots on the CoSIDA All-Academic team, as well as the All-Sunshine State Conference, Daktronics, and NSCAA All-District nods.
About the Postgraduate Scholarship
The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women. 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 grants of $7,500 each are awarded for fall sports, winter sports and spring sports. Each sports season (fall, winter and spring), there are 29 scholarships available for men and 29 scholarships available for women. The scholarships are one-time, non-renewable grants.
Postgraduate Mission Statement
The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship was created in 1964 to promote and encourage postgraduate education by rewarding the Association's most accomplished student-athletes through their participation in NCAA championship and/or emerging sports. Athletics and academic achievements, as well as campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership, are evaluated. An equitable approach is employed in reviewing each applicant's nomination form to provide opportunity to all student-athlete nominees to receive the postgraduate 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 postgraduate study in an accredited graduate degree program.