Rollins women's golfer Fabia Rothenfluh was recently awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, becoming the first Rollins College student-athlete to earn the prestigious honor.
In all, 29 male and 29 female spring sports student-athletes were selected, with each receiving $7,500 to use toward the graduate school of their choice. The NCAA also selects 29 male and female winners in the fall and winter. In total, 174 student-athletes receive the scholarships. To qualify, student-athletes must excel academically and athletically, be in their final year of eligibility and plan to pursue graduate study. Student-athletes must also maintain at least a 3.2 grade-point average and be nominated by their institution’s faculty athletics representative.
Rothenfluh graduated from Rollins this past spring with a degree in economics, posting a career GPA of 3.92.
"This postgraduate scholarship is yet another accolade for one of the brightest stars on our campus, not just within our student-athlete population," said Rollins Director of Golf and women's head coach Julie Garner. "Fabia is the embodiment of the mission of the College; to develop global citizens and responsible leaders. Not all of her accomplishments show on a stats sheet. However, that is the reason why Rollins is such a special place - we encourage and venerate the entire student-athlete experience, not just the results in their chosen sport."
A native of Kuessnacht, Switzerland, Rothenfluh earned three varsity letters with the Tars and was twice named All-America. As a sophomore, she was named Honorable Mention All-America and picked up three top-10 finishes. The following season, she earned Second Team All-America honors with five top-10 places and a victory at the Penn State Nittany Lion Invitational. This past season, she was named Second Team All-Sunshine State Conference, leading the Tars with a 77.55 stroke average in 27 rounds."
Rollins' NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Joan Davison was instrumental in the scholarship nomination process.
"Fabia is most deserving of this scholarship," said Davison. "She consistently represents the qualities which both Rollins and the NCAA encourage of their student-athletes: ethical leadership, service, and academic and athletic excellence. The NCAA scholarship will help Fabia continue her education with the objective of earning a degree, which enables her to work in the fields of social entrepreneurship and global development management.
Rothenfluh has decided to use the scholarship and attend the London School of Economics and earn a masters' degree that will enable her pursue her career goals.
"I am very proud of Fabia. She truly embodies the meaning of student-athlete," added Rollins Director of Athletics Pennie Parker. "She worked very hard in the classroom and I am thrilled the NCAA is recognizing her for her efforts."
Off the course, Rothenfluh was named NGCA All-America Scholar each of the last three seasons.