MUNCIE, Ind. -- Former Ball State soccer player Skylar Chew has received an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, recognizing her excellence in academics, athletics, extracurricular activities and community service.
A native of Mason, Ohio, Chew completed her playing career for the Cardinals last fall and graduated summa cum laude from Ball State in December with a 4.0 GPA.
Chew, who majored in psychology (with a minor in interpersonal relations), will use the $7,500 scholarship to help fund her future studies in counseling and counselor education at Indiana University, where she will study after spending much of 2013 teaching psychology and English in Honduras. She plans to become a mental health counselor.
"It means a great deal for me to receive this honor," Chew said. "The mental health field has such a large need right now, so I feel really blessed for the opportunity to continue my education so that I can be of greater help in this area and to other people in this world."
Following her recent senior season, Chew became the first player in the history of the Ball State soccer program to be named a first-team Capital One Academic All-American. She was a three-time Academic All-District choice and three-time Academic All-MAC selection during her career.
Chew made 68 starts in a Ball State uniform. She ranks among the school's all-time leaders with 6,187 minutes played over her four years. She scored two goals from her defender position last season and helped to anchor a Ball State back line that posted five shutouts and held opponents to fewer than five shots on goal per game.A total of 174 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships are awarded each year, with 29 male and 29 female athletes across all divisions selected in each of the fall, winter and spring sports seasons.