Welliver ’19 Earns NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
May 25, 2021
By Elsa Wenzel
Rollins soccer player and Alfond Scholar Megan Welliver ’19 has earned the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, a prestigious award given to student-athletes who excel in both academics and athletics.
The forward and psychology major is one of only 42 student-athletes this season across all NCAA divisions nationwide to win the $10,000 scholarship, which distinguishes students who excel in sports, academics, and service.
“The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Program allows student-athletes the opportunity to continue their education, which better prepares them to become leaders in their industry of choice and their community,” says Julie Partridge, chair of the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee and faculty athletic representative at Southern Illinois University. “The individuals who earn this award should be celebrated for their academic and athletic excellence and their pursuit of a graduate degree.”
During her time at Rollins, Welliver distinguished herself in 42 matches, appearing on the Sunshine State Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll three times and earning spots on the Rollins Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for three seasons.
Welliver is the only member of the Rollins women’s soccer team to have attended Rollins on the College’s premier full-tuition Alfond Scholarship. She credits experiences like working with children with special needs on an Immersion to the Bahamas and serving as a classroom assistant at a local sliding-scale day nursery for igniting in her a passion for child development and wellness. She aspires to a career promoting quality education alongside mental health support, perhaps in policy work or academia.
“It’s really exciting to bring together my experience as an athlete, a student, and a scholar,” says Welliver, describing how playing college soccer helped her develop leadership skills in the classroom, on the field, and in the community. “It’s really nice to be able to use this scholarship to pursue future work that I really care about.”
While applying to graduate programs in school psychology, the Austin, Texas, native is working remotely as a project assistant at Enovational, a data-driven web and app development company based in Washington, D.C.