April 23, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis senior gymnast Katie Yamamura was selected as a recipient for an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Award, it was announced by that organization this week. The Palo Alto, Calif. native becomes the first Aggie recipient to win such an honor since tennis player Randi Schuler claimed it in 2008-09, and the first UC Davis gymnast since Poppy Major in 2001-02.
Yamamura is a two-time Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Year and three-time NCAA regional qualifier. She also has won 14 all-conference awards and four MPSF event titles, including this year's all-around championship. Yamamura holds the school records in the all-around (39.325) and vault (9.900).
Academically, the Gunn High and Airborne Gymnastics alumna, captured the department's W.P. Lindley Award as the outstanding scholar-athlete of 2011-12. She has garnered All-Academic status from both the conference and the national coaches' association every year, holding a 3.93 grade-point average in neurobiology, physiology and behavior.
The NCAA founded the postgraduate scholarship awards program in 1964. To qualify, student-athletes must excel both academically (minimum 3.2 GPA) and in competition, must be in their final year of eligibility, and plan to pursue graduate studies. Additionally, candidates must be "outstanding citizens and excellent role models for the institution and intercollegiate athletics as a whole." A maximum of 87 men and 87 women receive the $7,500 stipend that accompanies the award.