O'Brien Awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

July 3, 2012

FORT WORTH, Texas - Recently graduated TCU track and field student-athlete Jack O'Brien received word from the NCAA this week that he has received an NCAA postgraduate scholarship.

Created in 1964, NCAA postgraduate scholarships promote and encourage education by rewarding the Association's most accomplished student-athletes with a one-time grant of $7,500.

O'Brien, who will continue his education in medical school at UT-Southwestern after posting the highest MCAT score in TCU history during the 2011-12 school year, was recently honored as a 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Third Team selection by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). He closed his career earning All-Mountain West honors in the men's 800 meters after placing third overall at the 2012 Mountain West Championships. O'Brien will leave Fort Worth as a two-time NCAA Championship quarterfinal participant and multiple Academic All-Mountain West selection.

O'Brien, who earned USTFCCCA Academic All-America and MW Scholar-Athlete accolades a year ago. He was named the recipient of Dutch Meyer Male Scholar Athlete of the Year Award, which is the highest academic honor a TCU student-athlete can receive. O'Brien also earned MW Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Mountain West.

The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women. These scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics and plan to pursue graduate studies.

To be eligible, the student-athlete must: be in their final season of NCAA athletics eligibility, have an overall undergraduate minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2, have performed with distinction as a member of the varsity team, intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree and be an outstanding citizen and role model for the institution and intercollegiate athletics as a whole.