Indianapolis, Ind. — Minnesota State senior wrestler Adam Cooling has earned one of 184 NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships which are awarded annually to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically.
This marks the eighth time that a Minnesota State student-athlete has received an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship.
The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually. The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are at least in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. The one-time non-renewable scholarships of $7,500 are awarded three times a year corresponding to each sport season (fall, winter, and spring). Each sports season there are 29 scholarships available for men and 29 scholarships available for women for use in an accredited graduate program.
Cooling, a Madelia, Minn., native, was a two-time CoSIDA All-American (first team in 2017, second team in 2016). A two-time All-American on the mat (he finished third at the NCAA Division II Championships in 2016 and 2017), Cooling was named Minnesota State Athletics’ recipient of its Don Buchanan Award as the school’s top senior male student-athlete for 2016-17.
“I am deeply honored and humbled to have been awarded the NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship,” said Cooling. “The ability to combine athletics and academics during my four years at Minnesota State was a blessing and dream come true. The opportunity to be a member of this program and University has held me to the highest standard, allowing for my development in multiple aspects of life. Throughout my four years, I was surrounded by many people that greatly influenced my experience and allowed me to excel by providing constant support and guidance. For that, I am indebted and very grateful for those family and friends, coaches, professors, and members of the athletic department. The NCAA postgraduate scholarship makes it possible to continue my education in hopes of influencing the lives of others as mine once was at Minnesota State.”
Cooling said he plans on attending graduate school in the fall of 2018 in hopes of attaining a doctorate in Physical Therapy.
A complete list of Minnesota State’s NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients is available HERE.