AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn equestrian team senior Western rider Indy Roper has been awarded a $7,500 scholarship from the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee for use in a part-time or full-time postgraduate study program at a university or professional school, the NCAA announced Monday.
“I feel receiving this scholarship is truly an honor on behalf of myself and my family,” Roper said. “To be recognized in a field of such exceptional athletes and scholars is a humbling experience.”
A native of Hobart, Ind., Roper carries a 3.81 GPA in finance and plans to attend law school after graduating from Auburn.
“I plan to focus primarily on sports law,” Roper said. “My experiences on the Auburn equestrian team have given me the passion to pursue this particular field.”
The NCAA’s 2012-13 fall sports postgraduate scholarship winners include 29 male and 29 female fall sports student-athletes across all divisions. To qualify, student-athletes must excel academically and athletically, be in their final year of eligibility and plan to pursue graduate study. Student-athletes must also maintain at least a 3.2 grade point average and be nominated by their institution’s faculty athletics representative.
“Seeing world class athletes also achieve academic accolades is our greatest success in working with student-athletes,” Auburn head coach Greg Williams said. “I am really proud of Indy’s achievements, and she will do wonderful in a postgraduate program.”
Created in 1964, NCAA postgraduate scholarships promote and encourage education by rewarding the Association’s most accomplished student-athletes.
Roper and the Tigers return to action March 29-30 for the inaugural SEC Equestrian Championship at the Auburn University Horse Center.