STORRS, Conn. - Three-time All-American and former standout Anna Middendorf of the University of Connecticut field hockey team has been named a Postgraduate Scholarship recipient, as announced by the NCAA.
Middendorf has been awarded as a fall sport recipient for the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship program and will receive a $7,500 scholarship to be applied toward the graduate degree program of her choice.
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."
Middendorf graduated in 2017 with a degree in political science. The Berman, Germany native maintained a 3.7 GPA despite a full workload as a field hockey player under head coach Nancy Stevens. She was named an Outstanding Senior Scholar Athlete at the 64th annual UConn Club Awards last April. Middendorf was also a four-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I National Academic Squad selection due to her high academic achievement.
The defenseman was the centerpiece of the UConn defense throughout her career, earning two selections as a Third Team All-American and one as a First Team All-American in her final season. She was also a two-time All-Mideast Region First Team player. She also led the Huskies to four-straight NCAA semifinals, including back-to-back NCAA championships in 2013 and 2014, and four BIG EAST Tournament titles.
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