Denison University recently added its 48th and 49th NCAA Postgraduate scholars, as Campbell Costley '17 and Brian Allen '17, both members of the 2017 Big Red Swimming and Diving teams, became recipients of the $7,500 award.
Costley, a native of Glencoe, Illinois, graduated in May with a B.A. in English and a minor in communication. This past season, Costley also received the James T. Glerum Presidential Award for her academic accomplishments, leadership, and service to the university and community. She was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America At-Large team, her third time selected as an Academic All-American. In 2015, 2016, 2017, she was honored at the Denison Top 50 Scholar Athlete Celebration, as well as being named to the NCAC Academic Honor Roll those each of those years.
Costley also excelled in the pool in her years at Denison, as she was a 16-time All American and a Denison President's' Medal winner. In 2017, Costley was the national runner-up in the 500 freestyle at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships. In 2015, she was named the North Coast Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Year after winning conference championships in the 500 free, 1650 free, 200 free, and 800 free relay. In her Denison career, Costley helped the Big Red to three NCAC championships and four consecutive top-four national finishes, including being the national runners-up in 2015. Costley was a four-time national team member as well.
Allen, a native of Flagstaff, Arizona, was also a distinguished student as well as on the diving platform and board. Allen graduated in May with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in queer studies. Allen was honored at the Denison Top 50 Scholar Athlete Celebration in 2015, 2016, and 2017, as well as being named to the NCAC Academic Honor Roll each of those years. As a diver, Allen was a 6-time All-American, earning the honor in the 3-meter dive all four years of his career and in the 1-meter dive his junior and senior years. Allen was also a four-time member of the national team. Allen was a member of four consecutive NCAC championship squads, as well as a member of Denison's third national championship in 2016.
At Denison's annual Academic Awards Convocation, Costley and Allen were named two of seven recipients of the Denison President's Medal, the highest honor bestowed on a graduating senior at Denison.
The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Program was created in 1964 to honor outstanding student-athletes from NCAA member institutions. The NCAA awards scholarships of $7,500 each year to student-athletes who have excelled academically and athletically and are in their final season of intercollegiate varsity athletic competition. The student must carry a 3.20 cumulative grade point average, be a distinct member of a varsity team, intend to enroll in a graduate program and be an outstanding citizen. Since the program began, Denison has totaled 49 winners, ranking third amongst NCAA Division III institutions.