August 14, 2012

Shanna Couch Awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Charleston, S.C. – Former Citadel soccer cadet-student-athlete Shanna Couch has been honored with an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship following her graduation this past spring.  Couch, who is currently pursuing her doctorate of physical therapy at the University of Kansas Medical Center, was one of just 29 female student-athletes nationally, and the first in Citadel history, to receive the prestigious award.

"This is an exciting time for Shanna and The Citadel," said Director of Athletics Larry W. Leckonby. "This postgraduate scholarship award puts Shanna in very elite student-athlete company nationally and we couldn't be more proud of her and the coaches, professors and support staff that helped make this possible for her."

The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually to student-athletes who achieve in both the academic and athletic arenas.  The one-time, $7,500 grant is given to up to 29 men and 29 women in their final year of athletic eligibility for each of the fall, winter and spring seasons.

"The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recognizes Shanna's outstanding academic achievements as well as The Citadel's commitment to providing a high level of education to all student-athletes," said head coach Bob Winch.

Couch of Edwardsville, Kan., graduated with a perfect 4.0 grade point average as a health, exercise and sport science major with a minor in biology this past spring. She was recognized as the Class of 2012's David Shingler Spell first honor graduate among the Corps of Cadets becoming the first woman to earn the award.

Her academic distinctions include being selected this year's Outstanding Student from the School of Science and Mathematics. Last summer, she studied in Spain as a Star of the West Summer Scholar. She was named an Outstanding Major of the Year by the National Association of Sports and Physical Education.

Earlier this spring, Couch received the Southern Conference Presidential Scholarship, earning that selection from a pool of 37 candidates based on academic, athletic and community service achievements. She was also selected as the recipient of the Coleman Lew Leadership Award in 2010.

On the soccer field, Couch was a four-year starter and served as a team captain as a senior last fall. She appeared in 71 games, the fifth most in school history, and was one of the top defensive players in the Southern Conference.

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