(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.) – Carnegie Mellon University football senior Anthony Kennon (Lancaster, Mass./Nashoba Regional) has been selected to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for excelling academically and athletically while showing leadership and commitment to the community. Each sports season there are 21 scholarships available for men and 21 scholarships available for women across all three NCAA divisions.
Kennon is the fifth Carnegie Mellon football player to receive the scholarship, following Rory Hubbard who received the award last season. He is a three-time College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District honoree. This past season, Kennon was nagged by injuries and appeared in seven games, while he recorded 16 tackles, two interceptions and eight passes defended, three coming against nationally ranked Washington & Jefferson College.
During his junior campaign, Kennon was named to both the All-Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) and All-University Athletic Association (UAA) first teams while also being named to the All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Football Team. That season, he led the PAC with 16 passes defended and ranked fourth with four interceptions. He finished his junior season with 38 tackles, 26 solo, ranking fourth on the team in solo stops and seventh in total tackles.
A mechanical engineering major with a 3.81 GPA, Kennon interned last summer for Medtronic and has also interned for Sensata Technologies. Kennon continues to serve as a teacher's assistant in the physics department and volunteers for the 1,000+ Service Day initiative at Carnegie Mellon. He is a member of CMU Plaidvocates, a peer health and wellness advocacy program for athletes. Kennon is a member of the Invitation to Mortar Board Honor Society and Tau Beta Pi Engineering Society.
The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship is awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically, and are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition or have completed their athletic eligibility. The Association awards up to 126 postgraduate scholarships annually, 63 for men and 63 for women. This season's NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients (21 men and 21 women) represent fall sports participants, who will receive a one-time, nonrenewable grant of $10,000 to be used for graduate study within one year of the award. Men's fall sports sponsored by the NCAA include cross country, football, soccer, and water polo, while women's fall sports are cross country, equestrian, field hockey, rugby, soccer, triathlon, and volleyball.
The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship was created in 1964 to promote and encourage postgraduate education by rewarding the Association's most accomplished student-athletes through their participation in NCAA championship and/or emerging sports.