Hancock Awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
June 3, 2017
FORT WORTH, Texas – Recent graduate Kari Hancock, one of TCU equestrian’s most decorated of all-time, has been awarded the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, each worth $7,500. The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who shine academically and athletically, and who are in at least their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition.
“I am incredibly honored not only to receive this award, but to have been able to represent TCU over the last four years,” said Hancock. “Thank you and Go Frogs!”
She will be attending the UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, planning to earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in equine orthopedic surgery and a phD in biomedical chemistry. She wants to help injured horses some day, and plans to research cartilage regeneration to make it happen.
“Kari receiving the NCAA Postgraduate scholarship is the cherry on top of an incredible athletic and academic career at TCU,” said TCU Director of Equestrian Haley Schoolfield. “She is incredibly deserving of this prestigious award and we are certain she will continue to make us proud as she studies veterinary medicine at UC Davis.”
Hunt Seat Head Coach Logan Fiorentino had similar thoughts, saying, “Kari is an incredible young woman who has always gone above and beyond what was expected of her. She is so deserving of this recognition and I’m so excited for her next adventure in vet school.”
Hancock, an Anchorage, Alaska native, has earned some of the highest honors at every level and has excelled in both the classroom and arena. She graduated in May 2017 with her degree in biochemistry, recording a 3.97 GPA.
In the Big 12, Hancock was named the Equestrian 2016-17 Big 12 Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the fourth from TCU equestrian and tenth from TCU overall. She competed in 92.3 percent of competitions her senior year and was named the MOP of the 2017 Big 12 Conference Championship for Equitation on the Flat. A two-time member of the All-Big 12 Equitation on the Flat Team and three-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team member, she was one of four TCU student-athletes who received the Big 12 Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award in 2017. She has earned several Rider of the Month accolades from the Big 12 throughout her career.
A two-time NCEA First Team Flat All-American and three-time member of the NCEA Academic First Team, Hancock was named the NCEA Elite Equestrian of 2017, the rider with the highest GPA out of all the student-athletes in the semifinals of the NCEA National Championship. Hancock has also earned multiple Rider of the Month accolades from the NCEA in her career.
Hancock came to TCU with the Chancellor’s Scholarship under her belt, and in 2016 she was awarded the Clark Society Leadership Scholarship as well as the Victoria Giachino Equestrian Scholarship. At the 2017 All-Sports Banquet held by TCU Athletics, Hancock was awarded the title of Dutch Meyer Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
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