New Mexico's Jael Fanning and Kelly Williamson Earn NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships

March 19, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - University of New Mexico senior student-athletes Jael Fanning and Kelly Williamson were recently awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships. The two are among 58 student-athletes announced by the NCAA as recipients of the $7,500 grant for fall sports participants.

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 grade-point average and be nominated by their institution's faculty athletics representative.

Created in 1964, NCAA postgraduate scholarships promote and encourage education by rewarding the Association's most accomplished student-athletes.

Fanning, a women's soccer midfielder from Albuquerque, N.M., was named to the 2011 CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District 7 Women's Soccer Team and holds a current G.P.A. of 4.08 while majoring in Nutrition. The Lobo senior tallied 10 assists this season to lead the Mountain West. Fanning started all 21 games for New Mexico in the 2011 season, leading the Lobos to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. Fanning is a four-time recipient of the MW Academic All-Conference Award, three-time MW Scholar-Athlete Award honoree. She was a 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-District Women's Soccer District 6 first-team selection. She was a second team All-Mountain West honoree in 2011.

Williamson, a volleyball outside hitter from Buenos Aires, Argentina, was selected to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Volleyball First Team. Williamson is the first-ever repeat recipient in UNM history, as she was named to the academic All-America third team last year. Williamson was named a Rhodes Scholar Candidate in 2010. Williamson is a Conservation Biology major with a 4.00 G.P.A. and is a four-time member of the All-MW Academic team. She was named an All-Mountain West selection in 2011.