Nicole Doyle (Mount Vernon, Ohio / Mount Vernon), a 2019 graduate of Case Western Reserve University and a member of the softball team, and Nithya Kanagasegar (Crossville, Tenn. / Cumberland County), a 2018 graduate of the University and a standout women's tennis player, have each been chosen to receive the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, presented to elite student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who have completed their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition.
Both Doyle and Kanagasegar are the first-ever recipients of the scholarship in the history of their respective sports at CWRU. Case Western Reserve has now registered 31 total NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Award winners since 1971, including 10 over the last four years.
Doyle and Kanagasegar will each receive a one-time non-renewable scholarship of $10,000, to be used for postgraduate study. The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship is awarded three times a year corresponding to each sport season (fall, winter and spring). Each sports season there are 21 scholarships available for men and 21 scholarships available for women across all NCAA Divisions (I, II & III) for use in an accredited graduate program.
In addition to softball and tennis, other spring sports sponsored by the NCAA whose participants were eligible for the spring scholarships include baseball, golf, lacrosse, outdoor track and field, men's volleyball, women's rowing, women's beach volleyball, and women's water polo.
Doyle, who played in every game over her four-year career with the Spartans, was a two-time NFCA Third Team All-Region selection and a three-time All-University Athletic Association pick, including first team selections in 2017 and 2019. The shortstop finished her career as a .365 career hitter (sixth in school history) with 199 hits (second in school history), 14 home runs (tied for sixth in school history), 110 RBIs (sixth in school history), 118 runs (fourth in school history), a school-record 55 doubles and 27 stolen bases (eighth in school history). Doyle was also named to the named to the Notre Dame Regional All-Tournament Team and the NCAA Division III Softball Championship All-Tournament Team in 2018, after helping lead the team to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships.
Academically, Doyle completed her time at CWRU with a 3.787 cumulative grade point average as an Accounting major, including a perfect 4.0 grade point average during her senior year. Over her career, she has been named a NFCA All-American Scholar-Athlete, while earning spots on the UAA Presidents' Council Scholar Athlete Team and claiming UAA All-Academic recognition. Doyle has also been named to the Dean's High Honors List multiple times over her academic career. She will be attending the CWRU Weatherhead School of Management's Master of Accountancy program next year.
Kanagasegar graduated from CWRU in 2018 as the most accomplished player in the history of the women's tennis program. During her senior year, she became the first All-American in the program's history, after teaming with Madeleine Paolucci to reach the quarterfinals of the doubles draw at the NCAA Championships. As a sophomore, she became the first player in program history to be named the UAA Most Valuable Player, and was a three-time All-UAA selection for her play at both singles and doubles. Kanagasegar ended her career as the program's all-time leader in doubles victories with a 76-32 ledger, and ranks third in school history in singles wins with a 56-48 record.
Kanagasegar graduated in the spring of 2018 with a cumulative grade point average of 3.68 as a Biomedical Engineering major with a minor in Chemistry. She was the winner of the ITA Ann Lebedeff Leadership Award in 2018, and was a multiple-time ITA Scholar-Athlete and UAA Presidents' Council Scholar-Athlete selection. She plans on attending medical school next year.
The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship was created in 1964 to promote and encourage graduate education by rewarding the Association's most accomplished student-athletes through their participation in NCAA championship and/or emerging sports. Athletics and academic achievements, campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership are evaluated. In maintaining the highest broad-based standards in the selection process, the program aims to reward those individuals whose dedication and effort are reflective of those characteristics necessary to succeed and thrive through graduate study.