BATON ROUGE - After wrapping up her four-year collegiate career in 2010 as one of the top pole vaulters in the Southeastern Conference, LSU track and field alumnae Katelyn Rodrigue plans to continue her academic career after receiving one of 58 postgraduate scholarships awarded by the NCAA.
The NCAA has awarded scholarships of $7,500 to 29 male and 29 female student-athletes nationwide that participated in men's and women's outdoor track and field, men's and women's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's tennis, baseball, men's volleyball, softball and women's water polo.
Rodrigue is one of six student-athletes in the SEC to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship this year as she joins Florida's Evelien Dekkers (track), Tennessee's Lillian Hammond (softball), Tennessee's Tiffany Huff (softball), Alabama's Saketh Myneni (men's tennis) and Tennessee's Phoebe Wright (track).
To meet the requirements for an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, a student-athlete must have maintained an overall grade-point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent, and must have performed with distinction as a member of the varsity sport in which the student-athlete was nominated.
Rodrigue wrapped up her collegiate career as a four-year letterwinner with the Lady Tigers while posting personal bests of 13-6 ½ indoors and 13-7 ¼ outdoors in the women's pole vault.
The New Orleans native was an All-SEC performer in 2008 as she finished in second place in her event at the 2008 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. A four-time NCAA Championships qualifier, Rodrigue competed at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Greensboro, N.C., during her senior season after placing seventh indoors and sixth outdoors at the SEC Championships.