Chris Weber has earned two Big Ten postgraduate scholarships for his work in the classroom, on the field and in the community.
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Peterson & Weber to Receive Postgraduate Scholarships

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska soccer midfielder/defender Alli Peterson and football linebacker Chris Weber were selected to receive a Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarship, the conference announced on Thursday. 

A three-time academic All-Big Ten selection and two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Peterson was a second-team academic all-district honoree in 2017. She has also been a member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll every semester of her career. A native of Iowa City, Iowa, Peterson earned her degree in advertising and public relations earlier this month. On the field, Peterson was a key player for Nebraska over the past four seasons, appearing in 69 games with 65 starts. She was the only Husker to play every second during the 2017 season and finished her career with one goal and two assists while helping anchor the NU defense. Peterson was also an active member of the community during her time as a Husker, earning an appointment to the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team every year in addition to being a two-time recipient of a Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award and a 2018 Nebraska Heart & Soul Award.

For Weber, the Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarship was the second scholarship he has received from the conference office as he was also awarded the Wayne Duke Postgraduate Scholarship in February. Weber, who graduated with a degree in nutrition science earlier this month, was a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American last fall, when he was also a recipient of the prestigious National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award and was a finalist for the Campbell Trophy. An Omaha native, Weber was a three-time academic all-district selection, was a three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and became the 11th Husker football player to be a four-time academic all-conference honoree. On the field, Weber led Nebraska with 95 tackles in 2017, and he totaled 167 career tackles with 1.0 sack, nine tackles for loss and one interception. Weber was also honored for his work in the community as a national nominee for the AFCA Good Works Team. He was also a four-year member of both the Tom Osborne and Brook Berringer Citizenship Teams. Weber will continue his education at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Each Big Ten institution developed its own on-campus selection process when awarding the scholarship. Student-athletes must have maintained at least a 3.2 grade-point-average, demonstrated leadership qualities, served as an excellent role model and intended to continue their academic work beyond their baccalaureate degree at a graduate degree program. The scholarship will be used to pay expenses of the student's postgraduate education to include such related activities as research and teaching, as well as other expenses such as tuition, fees, room and board, required course-related supplies and books. In order to retain the scholarship, the recipient must be accepted into a full-time graduate degree program within three years from the fall semester after selection.


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