Rhodes Basketball Standout Receives NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
Publication Date: 5/2/2012
Rhodes College biology major and basketball player Sharwil Bell is the recipient of a postgraduate scholarship from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The association awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, and she is one of 29 female athletes—across the three divisions—to be named in the NCAA’s most recent selection of winners. Created in 1964, the awards promote and encourage education by rewarding the association’s most accomplished student-athletes.
Nominees must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.2, be nominated by the faculty athletics representative or designee, and intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a part-time or full-time graduate student.
“This is a well-deserved honor for Sharwil, who has distinguished herself during her time at Rhodes in the classroom, on the basketball court, and in the wider community. She epitomizes what it means to be a student-athlete,” says Professor John Kaltner, faculty athletics representative to the NCAA.
Bell’s other honors this year include being named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Women’s Basketball Team and being selected a finalist for the national Jostens Trophy honoring outstanding Division III basketball players. Recently, she was named to the Rhodes Hall of Fame, and this month she will be inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.
A Memphis native, Bell is a 2008 graduate of Lausanne Collegiate School. After graduating from Rhodes in May, she will pursue a doctorate in physical therapy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. NCAA postgraduate scholarship funds will be used to cover tuition costs for this program.