ST. LOUIS – Saint Louis cross country and track and field student-athlete Colton Nettleton has been awarded an Atlantic 10 Conference Postgraduate Scholarship, the conference announced today. The prestigious honor is given to a graduating student-athlete from each of the league’s 14 members.
Nettleton, who graduated from SLU earlier this month with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, plans to attend Emory University in Atlanta, where will will study Global Environmental Health in Emory's Master's of Public Health program.
Nettleton competed on the Saint Louis University cross country and track and field programs for four years where he was an integral part of Saint Louis' distance group. As a freshman in 2016, Nettleton anchored the Billikens' Sprint Medley Relay team that set the school record at the prestigious Drake Relays. The next year, he earned his first conference medal by finishing third in the 1,000 meters at the 2017 Atlantic 10 Indoor Track and Field Championships. Nettleton again won a conference medal at the 2018 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships when he ran a leg on the Billikens' 4x800-meter relay team that finished third.
“I want to congratulate this exceptional group of Postgraduate Scholarship recipients,” stated Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. “Each of these young women and men have demonstrated a talent for academics and leadership throughout their successful careers as student-athletes. We are proud to award them one of the Atlantic 10’s most prestigious honors to assist with their postgraduate education.”
To be considered for the Postgraduate Scholarship, student-athletes must have performed with distinction both in the classroom and in their respective sports throughout their career, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community. The postgraduate program expanded to four recipients in 1997 and then grew to 10 in 2014.
The class is comprised of 12 female and two male student-athletes, representing seven different sports with an average GPA of 3.744. The process involves the league’s athletic directors, senior woman administrators and faculty athletic representatives.
In each of the last five years, the average GPA of the honorees for the Postgraduate Scholarship Program has been 3.70 or higher. The program, which began honoring two student-athletes in 1991, has been so successful and well-received by both the recipients and the A-10 member institutions that it has expanded several times. The most recent expansion, which was adopted in January of 2015 and implemented that spring, now includes one representative from each A-10 school.
The Postgraduate Scholarship Program is part of the conference’s broad-based commitment to student-athlete opportunities and academics. The conference consistently ranks at the top amongst all Division I Conferences in both Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and the Academic Progress Rate (APR) data released by the NCAA.
Click here to learn more about the A-10 Postgraduate Scholarship and to view all of this year's recipients.