CITY, S.D. (May 12, 2014) – Janelle Strampe, a South Dakota School of Mines
& Technology double-sport scholar athlete who excelled in women’s
volleyball, has been awarded the 2013-14 National Collegiate Athletic
Association (NCAA) Postgraduate Scholarship, becoming the first student-athlete
at Mines to receive the prestigious honor.
chemical engineering major from Green River, Wyo., Strampe graduated with the
top honor of summa cum laude at the May 10 commencement ceremony.
also a standout basketball player, will use the $7,500 NCAA award in pursuit of
a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from the School of Mines. She plans
to eventually pursue a doctorate degree.
is such a great honor and I owe a big thanks to many individuals at the School
of Mines who helped make this possible,” Strampe said. “The NCAA is an
outstanding organization that helps young adults further their studies. I am so
happy they have awarded this gift to help me advance my education, and I’m
honored to have had to opportunity to compete in NCAA Div. II athletics.”
NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship was created in 1964 to promote and encourage
postgraduate education by rewarding up to 174 of the most accomplished
student-athletes – 87 men and 87 women – through their participation in NCAA
championship and/or emerging sports.
“Janelle is a great role model as a
scholar, athlete and leader. This is a prestigious honor and I’m very glad she
will be continuing her education at Mines,” said university President Heather
scholarships are awarded to scholar athletes who excel academically and
athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics.
the Hardrocker volleyball program, Strampe was a four-year starter and two-year
team captain where she tallied career totals of 928 kills, 2,751 attacks, 40
aces, 720 digs and 145 blocks.
award truly spotlights the type of scholar athletes the School of Mines is
producing,” said Tiffany McCampbell, acting athletic director and Hardrocker
volleyball head coach. “Janelle is the quintessential scholar athlete we
recruit at the School of Mines, and I am honored to have been able to coach
Janelle over the past four years as she has added so much personality to our volleyball
program and athletic department.”
scholarship program aims to reward students whose dedication and effort reflect
characteristics necessary to succeed and thrive through postgraduate study in
an accredited graduate degree program.
refreshing aspect at the School of Mines is that essentially all of our
athletes are genuine scholar athletes pursuing degrees in engineering, science
and mathematics,” said Hardrocker faculty athletics representative and industrial
engineering professor Carter Kerk. “Janelle is an outstanding example of our
scholar athletes and truly represents the best of the best. She does this on
the court, in the classroom, in the lab and in the community – usually with a
received a number of academic honors at Mines, including: seven consecutive
semesters on the Dean’s List, Tau Beta Pi GEICO Scholar, three-time SDSM&T
Richardson Scholar, four-time SDSM&T Presidential Scholar, and Air Force
Outstanding Math and Science Award. Her GPA in the chemical engineering program
was 3.976, and she received the four year volleyball team academic award for
highest GPA and the D2 Athletic Directors Association Academic Achievement
is an outstanding student who is a pleasure to have in class,” said David Dixon,
chemical and biological engineering professor and Strampe’s academic advisor. “She
is very deserving of this honor as a scholar athlete due to her excellent work
ethic, but also for the contributions she has added to this university.”
Strampe’s other campus and community endeavors: Engineers & Scientist
Abroad mission trip, job shadowing at Black Hills Orthopedic and Spine Center
under Dr. Clark Duchene, M.D., volleyball SAAC representative, vice president
of Tau Beta Pi, member of Engineering Honor Society, member of Society of Women
Engineers and Phi Eta Sigma. Strampe also worked at Cornerstone Rescue Mission
and Youth and Family Services.
Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D.,
offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls
2,640 students from 45 states and 37 countries, with a student-to-faculty ratio
of 14:1. The average starting salary for graduates is $62,400 with a 98 percent
placement rate. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu, on
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