SMSU’s Dreessen earns prestigious NCAA scholarship

Decorated Southwest Minnesota State softball player Amy Dreessen added another honor to cap her standout career, becoming one of 29 female spring student-athletes to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship which will provide a $7,500 grant to pursue her post-graduate education.

The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship is one of the highest academic honors a student-athlete can receive. Each year, 174 NCAA senior athletes (87 males and 87 females) across all sports and all divisions are chosen each year to receive the award. Dreessen is one of just three female student-athlete from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference to earn the award for the 2012-13 academic year.

Dreessen is just the second SMSU student-athlete in school history to receive the scholarship award. Baseball player Brendan Rokke also got the scholarship in 2004.

A native of Elkhorn, Neb., Dreessen has compiled a 3.83 GPA as a biology/chemistry major. She earned Academic All-NSIC honors three times during her career, was twice named CoSIDA Academic All-District and also earned the NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award. She is one of 90 Division II student-athletes nominated for the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

A standout in the classroom and on the field, Dreessen had a career year as a senior in 2013. She led the Mustangs in batting average (.436), runs (28), hits (51), doubles (12), triples (2), RBIs (28), slugging percentage (.726), walks (29) and on-base percentage (.554). She ranks in the top five in SMSU history in on-base percentage (.436), walks (91), hit-by-pitch (13), chances (1,311), putouts (1,269), doubles (33) and home runs (18).

To qualify for the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship program, a student-athlete must excel both academically and athletically, be in their final year of eligibility and plan to pursue graduate study. The student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.2 grade point average and be nominated by their institution’s faculty athletics representative. The on-time grants of $7,500 each are awarded for fall, winter and spring sports.