The NCAA has announced the fall sport recipients for the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship program. Ohio cross country runner Brad Miller will receive a $7,500 scholarship to be applied toward the graduate degree program of his choice.
Miller, one of 58 student-athletes to earn the award competed for four years on the Bobcats cross country team including leading the team to a 12th place finish at the NCAA Great Lakes regional, its highest finish since 2005. Miller, who served as team captain in 2017 was a top-20 finisher at the Mid-American Conference Championships and was named second-team All-MAC.
In 2017, Miller was a nominee for the Ohio Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and completed his degree in only three years, graduating Suma Cum Laude (3.9 GPA) with a Bachelor of Sports Management with a minor in Marketing.
Miller plans to continue his education at Ohio joining the university's prominent Sports Administration program.
In the classroom, Miller was twice named Mid-American Conference Distinguished Scholar-Athlete and is a two-time Academic All-MAC selection. During his time at Ohio, Miller also interned with the Ohio marketing department during football and basketball games and working towards increasing student attendance.
He was also an active member of the Ohio University Business Association during his three years on campus and helped manage several events for the organization. Miller also served as a sponsor services assistant and tour guide during the 2016 baseball season for the Dayton Dragons and has served as an on-ice official for USA Hockey since 2011.
The NCAA awards Postgraduate Scholarships to student-athletes who are in their final year of college athletics eligibility. Up to 175 scholarships are awarded each year for use toward an accredited graduate program. Awardees are evaluated on their academic and athletic achievement, campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership. The program rewards college athletes whose dedication and effort reflect the characteristics needed to succeed in graduate study.
Awardees are chosen by the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee, which includes faculty athletics representatives, athletics administrators and a conference commissioner.
"These scholarships are one of the ways the NCAA provides a pathway to opportunity for student-athletes," said Mattie White, chair of the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee and senior associate athletics director at Indiana. "These scholarships are reserved for student-athletes with distinguished college careers highlighted by outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. These experiences prepare them for success in graduate study and life."