Rusty Johnson Awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

April 3, 2002

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University men's soccer standout Rusty Johnson has been awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for his performance in the classroom and on the field of play.

Johnson, a three-year starter between the pipes for the Broncos, merited the prestigious honor from the NCAA on Tuesday with his 3.60 cumulative GPA in engineering and his impressive numbers on the field.

During his tenure on the Mission Campus, Johnson has logged more than 4,700 minutes in goal and has an overall goals-against average of 0.80. He has allowed only 42 goals in his four years at Santa Clara while making 164 saves and registering 23.5 shutouts.

Following the 2001 season in which he helped the Broncos to the West Coast Conference Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament, Johnson now sits alone in second-place all-time in career shutouts, fourth in career goals-against average and saves, truly leaving his mark as one of the all-time greats to play in goal for the Broncos.

All in all, the NCAA awarded 58 postgraduate scholarships of $5,000 each to 29 men and 29 women who participated in fall sports, which included men's and women's cross country, women's field hockey, football, women's volleyball, men's and women's soccer and men's water polo.

In addition to the fall sport honorees, the NCAA also awards 116 postgraduate scholarships to student-athletes participating in winter and spring sports in which the NCAA conducts championships, for a total of 174 postgraduate scholarships annually.

To qualify for an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall grade-point average of 3.200 (on a 4.000 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.

Nomination forms are sent to faculty athletics representatives for fall sports in September, for winter sports in late November and for spring sports in February. Selections are made three times each academic year. The application must be submitted during the appropriate seasonal category for the sport. Candidates are screened by seven regional selection committees and the winners are selected by the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee.

For a complete list of NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winners please click here.