April 25, 2013
ATHENS-----University of Georgia senior gymnast Noel Couch has been chosen as a 2013 recipient of an NCAA postgraduate scholarship.
Couch will receive a $7,500 postgraduate scholarship from the NCAA, which awards 87 to women and 87 to men annually. The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. Couch completed her eligibility this spring.
The Georgia gymnastics program has now produced eight recipients of an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, including three in the last five years.
“Noel has made the absolute most out of every opportunity in academics, athletics and community service,” said UGA head coach Danna Durante. “It’s so nice to see her honored for her hard work. I’m so proud of her and excited for her. I know that whatever direction Noel decides to go in, she is going take it by storm. She is a young woman who seizes every opportunity, and it’s great to see that rewarded.”
Couch, a native of Towaco, N.J., has a 3.70 grade point average with a double major of International Affairs and Digital and Broadcast Journalism. She was named to the NACGC/W Scholastic All-America Team and the SEC Academic Honor Roll in each of the last three years. Couch was one of 10 recipients of the Ramsey Scholarship for Academic and Athletic Excellence, and she was also named recipient of the Tucker Dorsey Memorial Scholarship awarded by the UGA chapter of the Blue Key National Honor Society.
On Monday, Couch received the 2013 Hornsby Howell Community Service Award, which recognizes a student-athlete who has unselfishly represented him/herself and the Athletic Association in community service activities.
Couch concluded her UGA career as a five-time All-American. She helped guide the Gym Dogs to an NCAA Super Six appearance and a No. 6 final ranking this season. Couch was named the overall team MVP in 2012, and she set a school record by competing in the all-around in 28 consecutive meets from 2011-12.
It was previously announced that Couch will receive a $5,000 postgraduate scholarship as a finalist for the Brad Davis SEC Community Service Award.