News Release: Student Life

Feb. 27,  2009

Dani Huffman Wins NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

From Emory Athletics News

Dani Huffman, a key member of Emory's 2008 NCAA Division III National Championship Volleyball team, has been named as one of the 58 recipients of the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for the fall season.

As a result, Huffman is awarded a $7,500 scholarship for postgraduate study.  The honor is based on both her academic and athletic success over her Emory career.

Emory has been awarded 62 postgraduate scholarships over the school’s history, and 45 since 2000, more than any other NCAA institution.

The 5-foot-11 Huffman, who was named the Most Outstanding Player at the NCAA Division III Volleyball Championships, played in 39 of the team’s 41 matches and led the squad with a 36.0 hitting percentage, good for a second-place tie among University Athletic Association performers, and blocks per game (0.99 bpg).  A two-time selection to the All-UAA First Team, she averaged 3.11 kills per game, second on the team and fourth in the UAA. She totaled 22 contests of double-figure terminations including a career high of 25 against Ohio Northern in the national semifinals.  Her 436 kills this year placed her seventh on the school’s seasonal chart while her career effort of 1,260 tied for eighth all-time at Emory. A 2008 First Team All-American, Huffman concluded her stellar career in the No. 4 spot at Emory in total blocks with 424.

Academically, Huffman became the third Emory volleyball player to be named Academic All-American when she landed a third-team berth on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Volleyball Team. She began the year with a 3.84 grade-point average as a French major.

This season’s NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients (29 men and 29 women) represent fall-sports participants from all NCAA divisions, who will receive one-time, nonrenewable grants of $7,500.

The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. The Association awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women.

The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship was created in 1964 to promote and encourage postgraduate education by rewarding the Association’s most accomplished student-athletes through their participation in NCAA championship and/or emerging sports. For more information about the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships, go to the "Diversity and Inclusion" link under the "About the NCAA" tab at www.ncaa.org.

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