NEWPORT NEWS, Va. –
|Atlantic 10 Postgraduate Scholars from Dayton
|2001 - Carla Muntz (VB), Patrick Wirtz (MSOC)
2004 - Erin Treadway (VB)
2005 - Rob Alteneau (MTEN)
2006 - Kelly Pohlman (T&F)
2011 - Becky Novacek (VB)
2012 - Yvonne Marten (VB)
Atlantic 10 Conference Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade announced Tuesday the recipients of the annual A-10 Postgraduate Scholarship. This year’s recipients include Dayton’s Yvonne Marten
, Jennifer Nalepa from Saint Louis, Marissa Norman of Rhode Island and Charlotte’s Macey Ruble.
Each recipient will receive $5,000 to contribute to their graduate education. All four student-athletes have performed with distinction both in the classroom and in their respective sports throughout their career, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community. The selections are made by a panel of five Faculty Athletic Representatives from Atlantic 10 member institutions. The recipients of the A-10 Postgraduate Scholarship are required to use their scholarship toward postgraduate education expenses.
“All four of our post-graduate honorees have distinguished themselves as ideal examples of what all of our student-athletes strive for,” stated McGlade. “This is one of our most prestigious awards because it honors the academic side of college athletics. Success in the classroom is one of the Atlantic 10’s hallmarks and these four individuals are a large part of that. I extend my congratulations to each of them for standing out in a very competitive field of applicants.”
There were 26 scholarship applications from 10 different A-10 institutions. This marked the seventh consecutive year that female applicants have received 3 of the 4 scholarships. By rule, the scholarships are awarded to one male, one female and two others of either gender.
Throughout Marten’s five years with the Dayton volleyball program, she has been the epitome of perseverance, hard work, leadership and maintaining excellence in the classroom while Dayton maintained championship form on the court. The Fortville, Ind. native stepped in as a true freshman and started in 2007, helping UD to a 33-2 record with outright A-10 regular season and tournament titles while advancing to the second round of the NCAA Championship.
Before returning to start for the 2010 season Marten recovered from multiple knee injuries from 2008 and 2009, only to return better than ever in 2010 – recording 180 kills and 88 blocks as UD went undefeated against A-10 opponents and climbed in the national polls as high as No. 12. For her efforts, Yvonne was named Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference and Academic All-District in 2010. As team captain and UD's lone senior in 2011 Marten was distinguished as the A-10 Championship's Most Outstanding Player, A-10 Second Team All-Conference and Academic All-District First Team. She graduated in May with a 3.8 grade point average in pre-dentistry and is enrolled in Marquette University's School of Dentistry for the Fall of 2012. Marten is the fourth Flyer volleyball player to earn the post-graduate scholarship and the seventh Dayton student- athlete overall.
[ Read more about the Postgraduate Scholarship recipients Jennifer Nalepa (SLU), Marissa Norman (URI) Macey Ruble (CHAR) at Atlantic10.com. ]
About the A-10
The Atlantic 10 Conference was formed in 1976, is currently comprised of 14 member institutions and sponsors 21 championship sports. The mission and goal of the Atlantic 10 is to preserve, protect, and enhance the academic and athletic pursuits of the membership. The conference is committed to integrity, educational excellence and providing quality equitable championship experiences for more than 6,000 student-athletes, coaches, and support staff. The member institutions of the Atlantic 10 are the University of Dayton, Duquesne University, Fordham University, The George Washington University, La Salle University, University of Massachusetts, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of Rhode Island, University of Richmond, St. Bonaventure University, Saint Joseph's University, Saint Louis University, Temple University, and Xavier University.