Navy's Elizabeth Hoerner and American's Alexis Dobbs Receive NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Navy's Elizabeth Hoerner
Navy's Elizabeth Hoerner

June 9, 2014

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- A pair of Patriot League Scholar-Athletes have been awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships, the intercollegiate athletics organization announced last month.

Navy's Elizabeth Hoerner, a two-time Patriot League Scholar-Athlete Award winner in Women's Soccer, and American's Alexis Dobbs, a three-time Patriot League Scholar-Athlete recipient in Women's Basketball, were among 116 student-athlete recipients for the 2013-2014 season.

To be eligible for the one-time, non-renewable grant of $7,500 the student-athlete must have excelled athletically and academically and be in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. The program aims to reward those individuals whose dedication and effort are reflective of those characteristics necessary to succeed and thrive through postgraduate study in an accredited graduate degree program.

Hoerner, a two-year starter in goal for the Mids, was the 2013 Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year after leading top-seeded Navy in to the Patriot League Championship game in her senior campaign. In the fall season, the Lititz, Pa., native ranked second among her 1,098 classmates in Military Order of Merit and 61st in Overall Order of Merit maintaining a 3.86 grade point average while majoring in oceanography.

In March, Dobbs joined Army's Erin Anthony (2011) as the only three-time winners of the Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. A four-year starter and three time captain, Dobbs finished her career with the Eagles in the top five in a number of program categories having recorded 412 assists (2nd all-time), 212 three-point field goals (2nd), and a 37.1 three-point field goal percentage (4th).

Dobbs majored in public health with a minor in biology and carries a cumulative GPA of 3.81. She plans to enter a joint program through Cleveland State University and Cuyahoga Community College to earn her M.S. in physician assistant studies.

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. Athletics and academic achievements, as well as campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership, are evaluated.