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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 6/7/2023, Last updated: 3/15/2024
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Big Ten Conference Announces 2023 Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients

This year’s honorees cover 11 different sports and 14 unique academic disciplines

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ROSEMONT, Ill. (June 8, 2023) – The Big Ten Conference announced its annual postgraduate scholarship recipients on Thursday, recognizing up to two student-athletes from each of the 14 Big Ten member institutions who plan to continue their education at a graduate degree program. These honorees will be awarded a $7,500 scholarship, based primarily on academic achievements.

This year’s recipients, who represent 11 different sports, will continue their education in a variety of different disciplines including botany, chemistry, computer engineering, dentistry, environmental science, finance, health care, law, nursing, pediatric medicine, psychology, public affairs, social work and veterinary medicine.

Each Big Ten institution developed its own on-campus selection process when awarding the scholarships. Student-athletes must have maintained at least a 3.2 grade-point average (GPA), 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 Big Ten Postgraduate 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. 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.

The complete list of 2023 Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarship recipients can be found below.


Morgan Scivally, Softball

Michael Gunther, Wrestling


Margaret Rogers, Swimming & Diving

Beau Robbins, Football


Jenny Cape, Soccer

Nick Trattner, Track & Field


Sophia LeBlanc, Gymnastics


Natalie Wojcik, Gymnastics

Cole Mattin, Wrestling

Michigan State

Jori Jackard, Gymnastics

Cameron Caffey, Wrestling


Natalie DenHartog, Softball

John Quigley, Track & Field/Cross Country


Madison Lueger, Track & Field

Daniel Monahan, Wrestling


Miriam Guevara, Swimming & Diving

DJ Huff, Wrestling

Ohio State

Claire Gagliardi, Gymnastics

Jay Johnson, Swimming & Diving

Penn State

Lexie Black, Softball

Andrei Paduaru, Tennis


Emma Tate, Track & Field/Cross Country

Blake Ratliff, Swimming & Diving


Rachel Houston, Field Hockey

Xavier Marcoux, Golf


Claire Carlson, Rowing

Jared Pratt, Tennis

The Big Ten Conference ( is an association of world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching, and public service. Founded in 1896, the Big Ten Conference has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics in the lives of students competing in intercollegiate athletics and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness, and competitiveness. The broad-based programs of the 14 Big Ten Conference institutions will provide over $200 million in direct financial support to more than 9,800 students for more than 11,000 participation opportunities on 350 teams in 42 different sports. The Big Ten Conference sponsors 28 official conference sports, 14 for men and 14 for women, including the addition of men’s ice hockey and men’s and women’s lacrosse since 2013.


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