As announced on Monday (May 15) morning, Ashland University senior defender Jessica Brown is the first Eagle to earn the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Postgraduate Scholarship, named after former Northwood head football coach/athletic director Pat Riepma.
Through the 2016 fall semester, Brown had a 3.98 cumulative grade-point average as an Exercise Science major. On the field in 2016, Brown scored a goal and added an assist in 17 games, and was the veteran leader of a defense which allowed just 16 goals.
Brown's senior-season awards included College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Division II Academic All-America second team and CoSIDA Academic All-District, All-GLIAC honorable mention, GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team (cumulative GPA of 3.50-4.00) and first-team Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association (OCSA) NCAA Division II/NAIA Academic All-Ohio.
In 73 career games as an Eagle, Brown posted a goal and five assists. She was named All-GLIAC second team as a junior, is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection and earned a spot on the GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team three times.
Annually, the GLIAC awards two grants of $5,000 each to a male and female student-athlete for post-graduate studies. Applicants must graduate by the end of the academic year, or by the end of the summer of the year the application is made, and must have earned at least a 3.0 GPA. Additionally, applicants must have competed in a GLIAC-sponsored sport for at least three years.
The scholarship was renamed in 2016 for Riepma, the former Northwood athletic director and head football coach who passed away in 2015 after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. It is voted on by the Faculty Athletic Representatives (FARs) of the GLIAC member institutions.