April 23, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee has selected Lauren Gustafson of Purdue women's swimming and diving among the scholarship recipients for the winter sports season during the 2012-13 academic year.
Gustafson completed her four-year college swimming career last month. She has compiled a 3.99 grade-point average while majoring in general health sciences. She plans to attend graduate school at the Indiana University Medical School in Indianapolis. The postgraduate scholarship features a $7,500 award to help with the cost of graduate school.
Gustafson joins softball's Andrea Hillsey (2005) and women's basketball's Brittany Rayburn (2012) 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 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.
Gustafson was a two-time NCAA Championships qualifier during her college career, representing the Boilers at the national championship meet in 2011 and 2013. She earned two Honorable Mention All-America awards with the 400 and 800 freestyle relay teams in 2011. At the 2013 NCAA Championships, she raced individually in the 50 and 100 free as well as part of the Purdue quartets in the 200 and 400 free relays.
En route to earning Second Team All-Big Ten honors at the 2013 Big Ten Championships, Gustafson finished as the runner up in the 50 and 100 free. She broke the program record in the 50 free and posted the program's second-fastest time in the 100. The Columbus, Ind., native was also part of program records in all five relay events during her career.
For her work in the classroom, Gustafson has been named Academic All-Big Ten three times and a Distinguished Big Ten Scholar twice. She was a Second Team Academic All-District honoree as a sophomore in an at-large category that includes nominees from multiple sports. She has been recognized among the CSCAA Scholar All-America program as well.
Created in 1964, NCAA postgraduate scholarships promote and encourage education by rewarding the Association's most accomplished student-athletes.