BATON ROUGE, La. - The NCAA selected former LSU diver Matt Vieke as one of the 87 male student-athletes to receive the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
“Matthew is truly deserving of this award. He is one of the most outstanding student-athletes I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with because of his fierce work ethic in the classroom and the pool, and his unselfishness in giving back to the community,” Diving Coach Doug Shaffer said. “He has humbly been a model student-athlete his entire career. All the credit goes to Matt, but it is very rewarding as a coach to see his hard work and dedication rewarded with this prestigious award.”
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.
Vieke, a four time SEC Academic Honor Roll member, departs LSU as one of the top student-athletes in the swimming and diving program’s history. In addition, he is graduating with a 4.0 GPA in management with a focus in entrepreneurship.
Furthermore, Vieke was named LSU’s male 2012 finalist for the H. Boyd McWorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship, he earned the 2011 TAF Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award and he received the 2011 Wally Pontiff Jr., Academic Excellence Award.
In athletic competition Vieke ended his career as a three-time SEC and Zone Diving qualifier. The Indianapolis, Ind. native posted a fifth place finish on the one-meter springboard at the SEC Championships.
Following his senior campaign, Vieke possessed the program's third best three-meter (388.20), fifth best one-meter (352.60) and fourth best platform (314.75) scores.
NCAA Post Graduate 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.
Student-athletes at an active NCAA-member institution who:
1. Are in their final season of NCAA athletics eligibility or will not be using any remaining athletics eligibility.
2. Have an overall undergraduate minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2 (based on 4.0 scale) or its equivalent.
3. Have performed with distinction as members of the varsity team in the sport in which the student-athlete is being nominated. The degree of the student-athlete's athletics achievement will be weighed in conjunction with academic performance, university involvement and volunteer community service. Institutions should note participation in activities in which the student-athlete serves as an example to other students and demonstrates leadership qualities.
4. Intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree and enroll in a graduate degree program on a part- or full-time basis at an academically accredited graduate or degree-granting professional school. An academic professor of the college in which the student-athlete is currently enrolled must address the capability of the student-athlete for graduate study.
5. Are outstanding citizens and excellent role models for the institution and intercollegiate athletics as a whole.