Case Western Reserve University senior Nicholas Heim (Rahway, N.J. / Rahway) was selected as a recipient of the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, awarded to just 174 student-athletes across all three NCAA divisions annually, who excel at an elite level in athletic competition, in the classroom, and in the local community.
Heim is the second Case Western Reserve athlete to win the honor this academic year, joining football player Dayton Snyder. He is the 23rd Spartan ever to win the award, and the 12th since the 2006 season.
Heim, who served as a team captain this year, claimed the honor for his performance during the indoor track and field season. During the 2015-16 campaign, he set personal-best marks with throws of 13.64 meters in the shot put at the UAA Championships, and 15.16 meters in the weight throw at the Battle for the Obelisk. He earned all-conference honors during the UAA Indoor Championships with a throw of 15.11 meters, while also scoring in the shot put with a fourth-place finish.
A Civil Engineering major, Heim has recorded a perfect 4.00 cumulative grade point average during his four years at Case Western Reserve University. He is a six-time UAA All-Academic honoree, and received the Case Western Reserve Department of Athletics' Patricia B. Kilpatrick Award for the highest cumulative grade point average by a four-year varsity participant.
In addition, Heim also volunteered extensively during his time as a Spartan, participating in the Annual Walk to Defeat ALS, and constructing a walkway for a family that had been affected by ALS. He has been an active participant in Greek Life on campus, serving on the Interfraternity Congress Executive Board and as a Greek Community Educational Consultant.
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 winter sports participants from all NCAA divisions (I, II & III), who will receive one-time, nonrenewable grants of $7,500 to be used for graduate study. Men's winter sports sponsored by the NCAA include Basketball, Fencing, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Indoor Track and Field, Rifle, Skiing, Swimming and Diving and Wrestling.
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.