Case Western Reserve University senior defensive lineman Dayton Snyder (West Lafayette, Ind. / West Lafayette) was selected as a recipient of the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, awarded to just 174 student-athletes annually, who excel at an elite level both on and off the field.
Snyder is the 22nd Case Western Reserve athlete ever to win the award, and the 11th since the 2006 season. He is the first CWRU football player since Joey Baum in 2010.
Snyder is a three-time All-University Athletic Association honoree, claiming a spot on the conference's first team this season. He also earned All-Presidents' Athletic Conference Second Team recognition in 2015, after recording 46 tackles and 4.5 sacks during the year. His efforts helped the Spartans' defense finish the year ranked 15th among DIII teams in rushing yards allowed per game, and 23rd in sacks per game, with the team tallying a 7-3 record during the campaign.
Academically, Snyder recorded a perfect 4.00 grade point average during his four years at Case Western Reserve as a Biomedical Engineering major. He was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team and the All-District Team earlier in the season, in addition to earning UAA All-Academic and PAC Honor Roll recognition. Snyder was also selected to receive a postgraduate scholarship from the Northeast Ohio National Football Foundation, and will be recognized by the organization at its 28th Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet on March 8th.
The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship is awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically, and are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. The Association awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women.
This season's NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients (29 men and 29 women) represent fall sports participants from all NCAA divisions (I, II & III), who will receive one-time, nonrenewable grants of $7,500. Fall sports sponsored by the NCAA include men's and women's cross country, football, men's and women's soccer and men's water Polo, women's equestrian, women's field hockey, women's rugby and women's 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.