Two Willamette athletes earn coveted NCAA postgraduate scholarships

Willamette University women’s soccer midfielder Stephanie Skelly ’12 and alumna Kimber Mattox ’11 — who played soccer, cross country and track and field — both earned a NCAA postgraduate scholarship of $7,500 to fund graduate school.

Each academic year, 174 student athletes from all three divisions are granted scholarships. Skelly and Mattox are the first Willamette soccer players to be chosen for the award.

“Receiving the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship … is a reflection of the amazing coaches, professors, mentors, teammates and peers who make the extra effort to promote the success of students,” Mattox says. “I am thankful for the opportunities that I had as a student at Willamette and for the people who continue to cultivate my experiences as a student and an athlete."

Mattox holds multiple school records, including four Northwest Conference championships in track and cross country and All America honors in both sports. She earned First Team Capital One Academic All-District honors in cross country and track in 2009-10 and 2010-11. In 2009 and 2011, she also was named as the West Region Women's Track Athlete of the Year.

Now Mattox is competing in cross country and track and field as a graduate student at the University of Oregon, where she is working on her master’s in human physiology.

Skelly, a biology major, was named a First Team Capital One Academic All-American for NCAA Division III in 2011. As the leading scorer in the Northwest Conference during the 2011 season, she was chosen as First Team All-Northwest Conference, NWC Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Year and Second Team All-West Region.

She is planning to attend medical school next fall, and says the scholarship could not have arrived at a more opportune time.   

“Many people at Willamette University have truly supported me as a unified team,” she says. “I would not have received this scholarship and other acknowledgments without the support and encouragement of so many.”

For more information on this and other scholarships, see the Office of Student Academic Grants and Awards.