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July 9, 2012

2012 Season - Bowman earns NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Matt Bowman was recently named one of just 29 winners across the nation of a $7,500.00 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. He is the 26th Augustana athlete to win the prestigious honor.

Matt Bowman (Geneva HS, Geneva, Ill.) recently graduated from Augustana but the distance running standout continues to pull in honors as a result of his combination athletic and academic excellence. He was recently named the winner of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for spring sports.

Bowman was one of just 29 male athletes across all divisions to be awarded the postgraduate scholarship by the NCAA. Of those 29, only seven were from NCAA Division III institutions. The $7,500-dollar grant is awarded by the NCAA to “student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition.”

Bowman put it together both on the track and cross country course and in the classroom during his career at Augustana, which began in the fall of 2007. He is the 26 th student-athlete in Augustana history to earn an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

“When I saw my name amongst the stellar list of recipients, I was flabbergasted but realize that I have been so blessed to have been in the environment of Augustana cross country and track & field,” said Bowman who was understandably elated when he heard the news. “The combination of mentorship from Ols (head coach Paul Olsen), my parents and all the art history professors provided the keys to success for me.”

Less than three weeks ago he was named to the Capital One Academic All-America team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. He was a second team selection on that prestigious team and was joined by teammates Justin Smith (Fenton HS, Bensenville, Ill.) and Mike Tisza (Hersey HS, Prospect Heights, Ill.) to up Augustana’s number of Academic All-America selections to 139, which is sixth in the nation, regardless of division.

Bowman earned NCAA Division III All-American honors in cross country in 2010 and he was also All-Midwest Region that year. He was voted the Vikings’ team MVP in 2008 and 2010 and was Most Inspirational in 2010 when he finished ninth in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championship. He also excelled in track as well, owning the fifth fastest 10,000 in school history and the 11 th best time over 5,000 meters. He was fourth in the CCIW 10,000 in 2012 and was Augustana’s Most Valuable Freshman in 2008.

The son of Linda and Gary Bowman of Geneva, Illinois, he graduated with a degree in art history and had a 3.74 grade point average. He will be attending the University of Connecticut to work on his Master’s degree in Art History with an emphasis on the 19 th century. He plans on continuing his education to eventually earn his Ph.D.

2011-12 NCAA POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

NAME

SPORT

SCHOOL

Gerald Baer

Track & Field

Muhlenberg

Evan Barry

Volleyball

Stanford

Bryan Beegle

Track & Field

Shippensburg

Kale Booher

Track & Field

Ohio Wesleyan

MATT BOWMAN

Track & Field

AUGUSTANA

Ryan Dagerman

Golf

Emory

Cullen Doody

Track & Field

LSU

William Gilmer

Track & Field

Furman

Zachary Grunig

Golf

Northwest Nazarene

Tyler Hitchler

Track & Field

Nebraska

Braden Jackson

Golf

Wingate

Benjamin Johnson

Track & Field

Stanford

Maksim Levanovich

Tennis

Stetson

Cory Luckie

Baseball

Auburn

Greg Miller

Track & Field

Wyoming

John Nunns

Mount Olive

Volleyball

Jack O’Brien

Track & Field

TCU

Josh Ostrom

Baseball

Nebraska Wesleyan

Chad Pinkelman

Track & Field

South Dakota

Andreas Plackis

Baseball

Missouri

William Polio

Track & Field

Centre

Timothy Quattlebaum

Baseball

Gardner-Webb

Kenneth Ridge

Baseball

DeSales

Tyler Rose

Track & Field

North Dakota

Macey Ruble

Track & Field

North Carolina-Charlotte

Daniel Sloat

Track & Field

Rice

Scott Sundstrom

Tennis

Luther

Ryan Thatcher

Tennis

Stanford

Kevin Wright

Tennis

Texas-Tyler

 

AUGUSTANA ATHLETES WHO HAVE EARNED NCAA POST GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS

YEAR

ATHLETE

SPORT

1968

Jeff Maurus

Football

1970

Tim Dodge

Wrestling

1971

Ken Anderson

Football

1975

Bruce Hamming

Basketball

1976

John Stanek

Men's Track & Field

1977

Joe Thompson

Football

1986

Steve Sanders

Football

1995

Rachel Knapp

Women's Track & Field

1995

Tommy King

Football

1996

Ryan Carpenter

Football

1998

Alison Wolak

Women's Track & Field

1998

Chris Meskan

Football

2000

Mackenzie Hay

Football

2001

Kim Baier

Women's Track & Field

2002

Rudy Kovachevich

Men's Cross Country

2003

Todd Baldwin

Football

2004

Manda Geerts

Women’s Track & Field

2005

Steve Broski

Baseball

2006

Nick Johnson

Men’s Track & Field

2007

Meghan Voiland

Women’s Track & Field

2007

Samantha Knox

Softball

2009

Keli Coleman

Women’s Track & Field

2009

John Wagle

Baseball

2009

Blaine Westemeyer

Football

2010

Max Petersen

Men’s Track & Field

2012

Matt Bowman

Men’s Track & Field