NMU athletes earn financial help

MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University student-athletes Annie Rubendunst and Suzanne Solin have been awarded NCAA Division II Degree Completion Awards for the upcoming academic year.

The awards are granted to students who have exhausted their athletic eligibility and previously received athletic financial aid.

Rubendunst was a four-year player for the NMU women’s basketball team while Solin competed in volleyball.

The NCAA established the program in 2001 to provide deserving student-athletes with financial assistance to complete their first baccalaureate degree.

The selection process emphasizes academic performance. Other factors considered are financial circumstances, athletic achievement and involvement in campus and community activities.

Nearly $4 million has been given to about 1,000 student-athletes since the program’s inception. Of those who have received the award, 94 percent have earned their undergraduate degree.

To be eligible, students must be within 32 semester hours of earning their degree and have maintained at least a 2.50 grade-point average.