(Posted July 14, 2003)

Huntingdon, PA ? Former Juniata College student and volleyball standout Scott Kofmehl (North Allegheny/Pittsburg), who graduated this past spring with a degree in international political economy, has been awarded a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for part-time or full-time postgraduate study at a university or professional school of his choice.

The $6,900 scholarship was awarded to 58 student-athletes (Division I through Division III) -- 29 men and 29 women -- who participated spring sports which included baseball, men?s and women?s golf, men?s and women?s lacrosse, rowing, softball, men?s and women?s tennis, men?s volleyball, outdoor track and field and women?s water polo.

Student-athletes that received the award had to maintain at least a 3.20 cumulative grade-point-average (on a 4.00 scale) and perform with distinction in varsity competition. The student-athlete must have behaved, both on and off the field, in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics. The student-athlete also must intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time or part-time graduate student.

Kofmehl was the only men?s volleyball player chosen to receive the scholarship, and was one of seven Division III men who were honored. This is the second national award Kofmehl has received since his graduation, earlier in the summer he was chosen as a third-team Verizon Academic All-American for At-Large men?s sports.

Kofmehl becomes the third Juniata athlete in the past four years to earn one of the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships. Two former women?s volleyball players, Brandy Workinger, a 2002 graduate, and Kristin Hershey, a 2000 graduate, both natives of York, Pa., have claimed NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships for fall sports participants in the past several years.

Kofmehl was a four-year member of the Eagles men?s volleyball squad and was the starting setter as a junior and senior. He led the team in assists in both those campaigns, and this past season led the unit to their first EIVA Division III Championship since the 1999 season. The Eagles also claimed a runner-up spot in the Molten Division III National Championships. In his senior season he dished out a team high 601 assists while adding 61 digs and 44 blocks as Juniata finished the campaign with a record of 17-9. He dished out a career-best 72 assists in a five-game loss to Division I Princeton University during the 2002 season. During his senior year his 62 assists in a win over Princeton was his high mark for the season.

Kofmehl passed out 2,001 assists for his career, good for fourth place all-time on the Juniata career charts. He also was named to the EIVA All-Academic team following his sophomore, junior and senior campaigns. The Eagles posted a mark of 50-49 in the four seasons he played on the squad.

After graduating from Juniata with honors and a 3.843 GPA, Kofmehl will be attending the Harvard-Kennedy School of Government in the fall, where he will look to earn a master?s degree in public policy.

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