March 8, 2006

W&L'S JOHNSON AWARDED NCAA POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Nathan Johnson (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County), a recent graduate of Washington and Lee University, has been awarded a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Postgraduate Scholarship. The award is a $7,500 scholarship for academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time or part-time graduate student.

Johnson was one of 58 awardees from all NCAA Divisions who received the scholarship after participating in a fall sport. The NCAA awards 174 scholarships annually in the fall, winter and spring seasons. Johnson's selection gives W&L six winners in the last four years and 25 W&L athletes have been so honored since 1970.

A mathematics and economics major, Johnson graduated in December after participating in cross country and track at W&L for two seasons following a transfer from the College of William & Mary.

As a cross country runner, Johnson helped lead the Generals to a pair of ODAC titles while earning ODAC Runner of the Year accolades and first team all-region honors both seasons. He was also named the ODAC Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year both years and finished as the conference champion each season. Additionally, Johnson twice qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships, finishing 62nd out of 211 runners this past fall.

In track & field, Johnson earned All-ODAC honors six times and was named the ODAC Co-Runner of the Year in 2004 and 2005. He also garnered ODAC Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors twice and posted CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Second Team Academic All-America laurels last spring.

Active around campus and in the community, Johnson served as a calculus tudor, was an instructor for youth tennis clinics in the area and assisted with numerous community service activities through the Lamba Chi Alpha fraternity.

Johnson is currently enrolled at North Carolina State University, where he is pursuing a master of science degree in mathematics.

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