June 28, 2010
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has announced that Luther College softball pitcher Kim Lambert ’10 has been awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
The NCAA awarded educational grants to 58 student-athletes. The winners—29 men and 29 women—represent spring sports participants who will receive one-time, nonrenewable grants of $7,500.
The NCAA annually awards 174 postgraduate scholarships to outstanding student-athletes throughout the nation, 87 for men and 87 for women. The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition.
To qualify for an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, a student-athlete must be nominated by his or her athletic department, have an overall grade point average of 3.2 (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 the student-athlete was nominated.
The student-athlete must have behaved, both on and off the field, 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.
Lambert, a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) first-team All-American pitcher, helped lead Luther to a school record 42-7 and its first trip to the NCAA III Championship Finals since 1991, where the Norse finished fifth. She was also named first-team all-Midwest Region and first-team all-Iowa Conference.
She posted a record of 21-5 en route to an ERA of 1.10, while setting the single season school record for wins and strike outs with 202. (The old record of 167 had been on the books since 1974.)
She also set the Luther career record for strikeouts with 489. She completed her career with a record is 45-13, including 13 shutouts and two no-hitters.
Academically, Lambert was a four-time NFCA Scholar Athlete and a three-time Iowa Conference all-academic honoree (3.5 gpa or higher). She was also named to the ESPN the Magazine CoSIDA Academic All-District VII team. A biology major and Spanish minor, she graduated magna cum laude with a 3.71 GPA.
She will begin physical therapy studies at Mayo Graduate School of Heath beginning the fall of 2010.
Luther College has a long tradition of student-athletes receiving NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships. With this award, Lambert becomes the 32nd student-athlete and the seventh student-athlete in the past five years to receive this award.
Lambert, a 2006 graduate of Moline High School, is the daughter of Doug and Laura Lambert of Coal Valley, Ill.