Decorah, Iowa – The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced that Luther College All-America softball outfielder Shari Huber, Luther class of 2013, has received an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
The NCAA awarded one-time, non-renewable educational grants of $7,500 to 58 student-athletes—29 men and 29 women who competed in spring sports.
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. The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women.
Huber, a physical education major and biology minor, graduated summa cum laude with a 3.95 grade point average. She will attend graduate school at the University of Iowa beginning July 2013, to attain a doctor of physical therapy degree.
"Shari Huber’s career is one of extraordinary accomplishment in the classroom and on the softball field," said Rob Larson, Luther College faculty athletic representative. "She has been an extraordinary leader both on and off the field as a member of one of the strongest Division III softball programs in the country."
During her four years in a Norse uniform, she was a 2012 National Fastpitch Coaches Association third-team All-American and twice a first-team all-Iowa Conference and all-Midwest Region selection. She helped lead Luther to four consecutive appearances at the NCAA III National Softball Championships, two Iowa Conference titles and three Iowa Conference Tournament championships, while the Norse compiled a four-year record of 157-33.
Her career batting average of .399 sits atop Luther’s all-time list. She also ranks first for career hits (206) and runs scored (167), while her 35 doubles and 79 walks both rank third. She is also listed sixth all-time for stolen bases with 27. Defensively, she committed just three errors in 145 opportunities for a career field percentage of .979 that ranks 10th all-time.
Her academic honors included four-time NFCA Scholar All-American; three-time Iowa Conference Spring all-Academic; twice named to the District 8 Capital One Division III Academic All-District® Softball Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America; and in 2012 was named Capital One CoSIDA NCAA Division III Academic All-America®.
"Shari is a unique spirit and natural leader who truly served her college, team, colleagues, family and friends," said Head Coach Renae Hartl. "She makes everyone she surrounds herself with a better person and she does whatever it takes to make sure those around her are comfortable and motivated. Although Shari has received many individual honors throughout her college softball career, she would tell you the softball team’s accomplishments during her four-year career are the only ones that matter. Leading us to two Iowa Conference Championships, three IIAC Tournament titles, and four NCAA Regional championships will be what she is the most proud of because she achieved these with her teammates."
Luther has a long tradition of student-athletes receiving NCAA postgraduate scholarships. Huber is the 36th student-athlete and the 11th student-athlete in the past seven years to receive this award.
Huber, a 2009 graduate of North Scott High School, is the daughter of Barry and Lisa Huber of Eldridge, Iowa.