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Mercurio, Stephenson Receive Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarships

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska track and field triple jumper Angela Mercurio and gymnast Anton Stephenson were selected to receive a Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarship, the conference announced on Thursday. 

Stephenson earned his second scholarship from the Big Ten this year, as he was also awarded the Wayne Duke Postgraduate Scholarship from the conference earlier this year. Stephenson is expected to graduate with a degree in nutrition and health sciences in August. A four-time All-American, Stephenson earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar accolades in 2017 and 2018 and was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. The Fishers, Indiana native garnered first-team All-America honors in the vault and was the Big Ten champion in the vault as a senior, earning Co-Big Ten Gymnast of the Year. A four-time Big Ten champion, Stephenson was a finalist for the Nissen-Emery Award, presented annually to the outstanding senior collegiate gymnast, and was named Nebraska’s Male Student-Athlete of the Year. Stephenson, who is currently a nominee for Academic All-America honors, was also a three-time first-team CGA All-America Scholar-Athlete and received Nebraska's Outstanding Scholar Award and Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2019.

Mercurio was a second-team CoSIDA Academic All-American last year and is once again a nominee for Academic All-America honors this year with a 3.99 GPA. A four-time USTFCCCA All-Academic selection, Mercurio received her bachelor's degree in biochemistry & women's and gender studies this month. The Kitchener, Ontario native was a three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten selection, and she received three Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Awards. A three-time All-American, Mercurio won the Big Ten indoor triple jump title in 2019 with a personal-best mark of 43-6 (13.26m), the No. 6 jump in NU history. She made her second career appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships and was a USTFCCCA Second-Team All-American after finishing ninth in the triple jump. 

Each Big Ten institution developed its own on-campus selection process when awarding the scholarship. Students 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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