A family tradition: Nick Joslyn Awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Simpson graduate Nick Joslyn, an Academic All-American soccer player for the Storm, recently added to his list of accomplishments when he earned a Postgraduate Scholarship from the NCAA.

One of just nine men’s soccer players (in all divisions) to receive the award last fall, Joslyn joins his older brother, Louis, as one of just 15 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winners in Simpson history. The one-time, $7,500 scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically.

“At Simpson, I was granted the opportunity to be a successful student-athlete,” Nick Joslyn said. “As a student, I was able to take advanced courses and conduct high-level research both on and off campus. As an athlete, I was able to compete daily with some of my best friends and play my favorite sport at one of the highest levels.”

On the Pitch 

Joslyn was a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American and a First Team All-Iowa Conference performer as as a senior in 2017, helping the Storm to a 15-3-2 record and the second-most wins in school history. The defending midfielder from Baldwin City, Kan. anchored a Simpson defense that tied for the league’s lowest goals against average (1.05). He tied for the team lead with seven assists and added one goal, giving him  eight goals and 16 assists during his career.

In the Classroom 

Joslyn boasted a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA while double-majoring in physics and mathematics (through his seventh semester). He is currently deciding on a graduate school, but has narrowed options to the University of Michigan (Applied Physics), the University of Minnesota (Physics), and Vanderbilt University (Electrical Engineering).

“Initially, I was attracted to physics after learning about lasers at the National Youth Science Camp during Summer 2014,” he said. “I was unable to act on that interest until my sophomore year when I enrolled in introductory physics. From that introductory class, I was hooked. Physics is not work; it is fun. I am fascinated by the equations and laws governing the universe.”

Joslyn would like to go into industry following his schooling, utilizing his “physical and computational skills to develop and improve technologies.” This summer he will be working as an intern for Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) in its research center at the University of California-Berkeley.

The Simpson Experience 

“The academic programs and the professors at Simpson are exceptional,” Joslyn said. “During my time at Simpson, I learned that professors and faculty truly care about the students. Such care is reflected in the willingness of Dr. Barb Ramos, Dr. Heidi Berger, Dr. David Olsgaard, and Coach Rick Isaacson to help me apply for this scholarship.

“During the nomination process, I worked closely with Dr. Ramos. I cannot speak highly enough of her desire to help students. Prior to the nomination process, I had little interaction with Dr. Ramos. Yet, she was still very happy to work with me to ensure I had the highest chance of success. Without her efforts, and the efforts of my letter writers, I would not have received such a prestigious honor.”

Simpson’s NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Winners

1971 — Rich Clogg, football

1974 — Hugh Lickiss, football

1980 — John Hines, men’s basketball

1985 — Danny Bauer, men’s cross country/track

1989 — Lynn Shull, women’s cross country/track

1990 — Ian Grover, football

1992 — Melissa Mellecker, volleyball/track

1994 — Chad Earwood, football

1995 — David Otte, men’s basketball

1996 — Leah Willenborg, women’s golf

2000 — Hannah Willenborg, women’s golf

2003 — Jesse Harris, men’s basketball

2007 — Tiffany Everding, volleyball

2015 — Louis Joslyn, men’s soccer

2017 —  Nick Joslyn, men’s soccer

About the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship program 

The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually. The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are at least in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition.

The one-time non-renewable scholarships of $7,500 are awarded three times a year corresponding to each sport season (fall, winter and spring). Each sports season there are 29 scholarships available for men and 29 scholarships available for women for use in an accredited graduate program.

All former student-athletes who earned an undergraduate degree from an NCAA member school are eligible to be nominated by that school for an NCAA graduate degree scholarship, regardless of when they received their undergraduate degree.