TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Indiana State women's basketball player Kelsey Luna has been selected as an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winner, one of the NCAA's most prestigious academic honors, it was announced Thursday.
Luna was one of 58 student-athletes across all NCAA (Divisions I, II and III) winter sports and one of 29 female student-athletes to claim the $7,500 scholarship. She was the only student-athlete at a Missouri Valley Conference institution to earn the award. NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships reward student-athletes for their athletic and academic achievements, as well as campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership.
Luna, a senior from St. Louis, Mo., will graduate with her bachelor's degree in psychology in May 2010. She owns a perfect 4.0 grade-point average and also has a minor in creative writing.
One of the most decorated women's basketball players on and off the court in ISU program history, Luna was a two-time ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-American and a three-time Academic All-District honoree. She was selected to the All-MVC Team in her junior and senior seasons, while also being named the Prairie Farms MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2009 and 2010.
Luna is the Sycamores' all-time leader in career 3-pointers made, with 264 over the last four seasons, which is also the fifth best total in MVC history. In addition, she led the nation in free throw shooting percentage in 2010 at a 93.3 percent clip, and ranks eighth all-time with 1,431 career points at Indiana State. Luna also finished her career as third in 3-point field goal percentage (.394), free throw shooting percentage (.834), seventh in steals (214) and 10th in games played (112).
After graduation, Luna will attend graduate school at the University of Missouri to pursue an advanced degree in sport psychology.
To qualify for an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall GPA of at least 3.20 (on a 4.0 scale) or its equivalent, and must have performed with distinction as a member of the varsity team in the sport in which he or she was nominated. The student-athlete must have behaved, both on and off the court, 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.
Nomination forms are sent to faculty athletics representatives for fall, winter and spring sports, and selections are made three times each academic year. The application must be submitted during the appropriate seasonal category for the sport. Candidates are screened by seven regional selection committees, and the winners are selected by the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee.
In addition to the winter sport honorees, the NCAA also awards 116 postgraduate scholarships to student-athletes participating in fall and spring sports in which the NCAA conducts championships, for a total of 174 postgraduate scholarships annually.