WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee has selected Jamie Bissett of Purdue men's swimming and diving among the scholarship recipients for the winter sports season during the 2014-15 academic year.
Bissett completed his four-year college diving career in March. He has compiled a 3.88 grade-point average as a health sciences/pre-med major. He plans to complete his bachelor's degree during the 2015-16 school year while continuing to train at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. The Ottawa, Ontario, native has his sights set on competing for one of Canada's diving berths at the 2016 Olympic Games.
Bissett also plans to continue his studies at postgraduate medical school. The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship features a $7,500 award to help with the cost of graduate school.
Bissett joins swimming's Lauren Gustafson (2013), women's basketball's Brittany Rayburn (2012) and softball's Andrea Hillsey (2005) as recent Purdue student-athletes to be selected as NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients. To qualify, student-athletes must excel academically and athletically, be in their final year of athletic eligibility and plan to pursue graduate study. Student-athletes must also maintain at least a 3.2 GPA and be nominated by their institution's faculty athletics representative.
Bissett is three-time All-American and NCAA Championships qualifier, closing out his college career as Purdue's active scoring leader at the Big Ten Championships. His dual excellence as a student-athlete has earned him Academic All-District 5 honors each of the last three years. He was a Third Team Academic All-America honoree last year and is on the at-large ballot again. The Academic All-America teams for the at-large sports will be announced June 11.
Bissett was selected as Purdue's male honoree for the Big Ten Medal of Honor for the 2014-15 school year, sharing the acclaim with fellow diver MacKenzie Tweardy. The Big Ten Medal of Honor is awarded to student-athletes with the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work. Swimmers Manuel Gutierrez and Carly Marshall were also selected as this year's Purdue recipients of the Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarships, which are $7,500 awards to put toward postgraduate programs as well.
Bissett scored in all three diving events at the Big Ten Championships for the third time in his career. He also qualified for the NCAA Championships in all three diving events, a feat that was much more impressive this season after the qualifying system was revamped. In February, he won a 3-meter title at Diving Canada's Winter National Championships in Toronto. He also finished second in the 1-meter competition.
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