Bloom Awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Photo by Naji Saker
Photo by Naji Saker

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The National Collegiate Athletics Association has awarded Whitworth graduate Andrew Bloom one of its prestigious Postgraduate Scholarships.

Bloom, who competed in track and field at Whitworth from 2015 through 2018, graduated in 2017 as a three-time Google Cloud Division III Academic All-American in track & field.  Bloom was also a three-time NCAA All-American in the javelin and the 2016 NCAA Division III champion in the event.  He holds the school record with a throw of 229'-5".

After spending one year of graduate work at Whitworth in 2017-18, Bloom is finishing his first year in the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program at Idaho State University in Pocatello.

The NCAA awards up to 126 postgraduate scholarships annually.  The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically.  The one-time non-renewable scholarships of $10,000 are awarded three times a year corresponding to each sport season (fall, winter and spring).  Each sports season there are 21 scholarships available for men and 21 scholarships available for women for use in an accredited graduate program.

Bloom is the first former Pirate student-athlete to receive an NCAA postgraduate scholarship.

The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship was created in 1964 to promote and encourage graduate education by rewarding the Association's most accomplished student-athletes through their participation in NCAA championship and/or emerging sports. Athletics and academic achievements, campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership are evaluated.  An equitable approach is employed in reviewing an applicant's nomination form to provide all student-athlete nominees an opportunity to receive the graduate award, regardless of sport, division, gender or race.  In maintaining the highest broad-based standards in the selection process, the program aims to reward those individuals whose dedication and effort are reflective of those characteristics necessary to succeed and thrive through graduate study.