Jake Mortensen Named A-10 Postgraduate Scholarship Recipient
2014 Men's Swimming Graduate Among Conference's 10 Awardees
June 18, 2014
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – George Washington men’s swimming alumnus Jake Mortensen (’14) was named a 2014 Atlantic 10 Postgraduate Scholarship winner, the conference and A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade announced on Wednesday.
The 10 total honorees from across the league were selected from a pool of 40 applicants and features seven women and three men from seven different A-10 institutions. The group includes Juliana Libertin, Sarah Senoyuit and Andrew Steffensmeier of Dayton; Simon Gomez of Duquesne; Lyndse Hokanson of George Mason; Jake Mortensen of George Washington; Renee Washington of La Salle; Chelsea Paulin of Rhode Island; Erin Shields and Emma Slattery of Saint Joseph’s. The 2014 recipients are the first Postgraduate honorees since the A-10 Directors of Athletics voted to more than double the number of honorees from four to 10 awards and increase the distribution to $7,000 to each student.
"I congratulate these outstanding student-athletes on receiving one of our Conference's most prestigious awards," stated Commissioner McGlade. "Awarding 10 Postgraduate Scholarships is a great statement for the A-10. I commend the AD's and CEO's for making these funds available to our students."
Each recipient will receive $7,000 to contribute toward full-time enrollment in a graduate or professional program. All 10 student-athletes have performed with distinction both in the classroom and in their respective sports throughout their career, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community. The final selections were made by a panel of five Faculty Athletic Representatives (FARs) after the full Atlantic 10 Council of FARs reviewed and ranked the full pool of applicants.
A civil engineering major with a minor in sustainability, Mortensen was named to the GW Athletics Academic Dean's List every semester of his career, was a six-time member of the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and was twice named to the A-10 All-Academic Team. Mortensen took home eighth place in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events at the 2014 Atlantic 10 Championships with times of 50.26 seconds and 1:49.65, respectively. He was also a part of two school record-setting performances as he swam the leadoff leg of the fourth-place 400-yard medley relay that snapped a 16-year-old GW record in 3:19.45, as well as the 200 medley relay that tied the school record in 1:31.32.
Out of the pool, Mortensen is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and in 2013 served as an intern with the D.C. Water Clean Rivers Project. Mortensen also volunteered at the Center for Health and Environmental Justice and took part in George Washington Student-Athlete Community Service Commitment. He will attend the University of New Mexico this fall to study civil engineering, specializing in water resources engineering.
"Through this postgraduate scholarship program, the Atlantic 10 has made a strong commitment to support student-athletes as they pursue graduate or professional degrees”, said Saint Joseph’s Dr. Stephen J. Porth, Chair of the A-10 Faculty Athletic Representatives. "The A-10 FARs are delighted to recognize the outstanding academic and athletic achievements of these 10 scholar-athletes and to honor them with these postgraduate scholarships."
The Postgraduate Award is part of a broad-based commitment to academics by the Atlantic 10, which currently ranks fifth amongst all Division I Conferences in both Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and the Academic Progress Rate (APR) data released by the NCAA.
The league APR average is 984, marking the fourth consecutive year the A-10’s average APR has improved. In addition to this overall success, 58 A-10 teams earned national recognition from the NCAA in the APR. The 58 programs, which is the most for the A-10 since 2010, ranked in the top 10 percent of their respective sports in APR scores compiled through the 2012-13 academic year.