A four-year MSUM volleyball letter-winner senior Kelci Guenther of Williston, N.D., has been awarded a prestigious National Collegiate Athletic Association Postgraduate Scholarship in recognition of her outstanding achievements as a scholar and athlete.

NCAA scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. The one-time grants of $7,500 each are awarded for fall sports, winter sports and spring sports. For each sports’ season there are 29 scholarships available for men and 29 scholarships available for women throughout the entire NCAA. The scholarships are one-time, non-renewable grants.

A Biology major with minors in Psychology and Chemistry, Guenther has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout her career at MSUM. A fixture at middle hitter, she became the Dragons’ career leader with 330 blocks assists in four years. Guenther has been accepted at the Pacific (OR) University College of Optometry where she plans to begin this fall.

Guenther is the second Dragon student-athlete in two years to be awarded the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. A track and basketball letterwinner at MSUM, Jessica Trautwein received the scholarship in 2006-07 for her studies in Math Education. Brett Beeson, the NCAA Division II national scoring champion and Player of the Year in 1995-96, also received the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.