Tahlequah Daily Press

July 10, 2013

NSU's McAteer earns post-graduation scholarship

— Northeastern State women’s golfer Whitney McAteer, who completed her collegiate playing career for the RiverHawks this past May, received an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for the 2013 spring season.

McAteer was one of 29 female recipients across all three NCAA divisions, and the only golfer, to earn the scholarship. She graduated from NSU in May with a degree in speech and language pathology, and she was recently accepted into the OU Health Science School of Audiology.

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

The one-time grants of $7,500 each are awarded for fall sports, winter sports and spring sports. Each sports season (fall, winter and spring), there are 29 scholarships available for men and 29 scholarships for women. The scholarships are one-time, non-renewable grants.

Of the 174 recipients this past academic year, McAteer was the only student-athlete from any of the 14 NCAA institutions (10 D-II, 4 D-I) in the state of Oklahoma. She was also the only student-athlete from the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association to earn the postgraduate scholarship award.

“I am extremely proud of Whitney for earning such a prestigious scholarship,” NSU coach Scott Varner said. “She is one of the best golfers in Northeastern State history. She was a captain for a team that reached as high as No. 3 in the nation, and she also picked up numerous athletic and academic accolades throughout her storied career.”

McAteer became an NGCA All-American her sophomore year, and she is one of just 10 student-athletes in NSU women’s golf history to compete in multiple NCAA Championships (2011, 2013).

She is also four-time NGCA Academic All-American and a member of the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Women’s At-Large First Team.

She won four tournaments in her career, and she also recorded 16 career top-5 finishes and 23 career top-10 finishes.

The only other student-athlete in school history to earn an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship was Alli Toomer (2006), who was also a women’s golfer and a speech and language pathology major.