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    USD Athletics: Glisar, Haase bring NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship tally to 31

    VERMILLION, S.D.—South Dakota track and field athletes Megan Glisar and Brant Haase have been awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships for their dedication in the classroom and on the track. Glisar and Haase will each receive a one-time $7,500 scholarship to be used for postgraduate study.

    The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship program was created in 1964 to promote and encourage postgraduate education by rewarding the Association’s most accomplished student-athletes. The NCAA awards 174 scholarships across all sports and divisions each year. Awardees must carry a minimum 3.2 grade-point average, be nominated by the faculty athletics representative and intend to pursue graduate studies.

    “I am truly honored to be selected by the NCAA for this generous scholarship,” Glisar said. “The opportunities that have opened up for me through the NCAA has made my dream of becoming an audiologist possible. I would like to extend my appreciation to my USD professors, coaches and the athletic staff who nominated me for this award. I am extremely grateful for everyone’s support.”

    “I am thankful for the opportunity to have received a quality education and pursued my passion for running at South Dakota,” said Haase. “Coach Dave Gottsleben and Coach Dan Fitzsimmons gave me a chance to compete at the Division I level. South Dakota’s track and field program has established itself at the top of the Summit League in both athletics and academics. I’m glad I was able to be a part of it.”

    The duo add to the list of 29 other Coyotes who received this scholarship, 18 of which were also members of the Coyote track and field program. South Dakota ranks among the top-50 schools across all NCAA divisions in the number of postgraduate recipients.

    “This is what college athletics should be about,” said Lucky Huber, the director of track and field and at cross country at South Dakota. “I am incredibly proud of the hard work Megan and Brant have put in. I am glad that they are being recognized for being both great athletes and outstanding students.”

    “Both Brant and Megan have been leaders in our athletic programs at USD and are well deserving of this recognition,” said Dr. Christina Keller, South Dakota’s faculty athletic representative. “The NCAA postgraduate scholarship is given to students who excel in both the classroom and the athletic venue. These awards continue to demonstrate that our Coyote student-athletes have made an impact at the national level.”

    Glisar, a two-time All-American for the Coyotes, graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders and held a 3.70 cumulative GPA. Beyond her All-America distinctions, Glisar won four Summit League high jump titles and set the school record at 6-0 ¾ in both the indoor and outdoor high jump. She also earned a spot on two Academic All-Summit League teams.

    Haase graduated with a perfect 4.00 GPA and earned a bachelor’s degree in health sciences. During his Coyote career, Haase made the 2015 Capital One Academic All-America Men’s Cross Country/Track and Field Team, earned seven All-Summit League honors and collected six Academic All-Summit League awards. Haase also won the 10,000 meters at the 2014 Summit League Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

    Glisar plans to remain at the University of South Dakota to earn her doctorate in audiology. She was one of five students accepted into this fall’s class. Haase will pursue a graduate degree in pharmacy.

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