Lacey Boshe and Heath Melugin of Missouri State University have been named 2012 Missouri Valley Conference female and male postgraduate scholarship "Emerson Excellence Award" winners, respectively, commissioner Doug Elgin has announced. The Missouri Valley Conference Faculty Athletics Representatives Committee voted to award postgraduate scholarships to both Boshe and Melugin, due to their exemplary academic and athletic performances. Both student-athletes will receive a $10,000 postgraduate scholarship from the Conference.
Boshe was a four-year letterwinner, two-year starter, and one-year captain in women's basketball at Missouri State. She concluded her career by playing in a school-record 131 games while placing among MSU's career leaders in points (794 - 35th), rebounds (410 - 28th), blocks (31 - 20th) and free throws (201 - 24th). The Marshfield, Mo., native became the Lady Bears' sixth Capitol One Academic All-American in March, earning a second-team nod on the strength of a 4.0 GPA with a double major in Cell and Molecular Biology and Spanish. She was also the MVC women's basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. In April, Boshe earned the Lady Bear Prestige Award, which is given to the player exhibiting the most desire, determination and dedication. It marked the second time she had earned the honor in her career.
Boshe most recently received the Missouri Valley Conference President's Council Academic Excellence Award, which requires a minimum 3.8 cumulative grade point average. She is one of just 63 Missouri Valley student-athletes to earn the honor this year. In addition to her athletic and academic accomplishments, Boshe has been involved with community service projects including CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ), Champions Committed to Kids, Christmas Shoe Drive for Wilder Elementary, the Ozark Reading Fair, while also serving as a basketball camp counselor for four years. She plans to attend medical school.
Melugin, meanwhile, was an All-MVC first team honoree as a senior in 2011 and led the MVC co-champion Bears in points, goals, shots, shots on goal and game-winners. He earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors for the second straight year, garnering elite status as the first Bear in any sport to earn Academic All-America first-team distinction since 2006. The standout forward from Springfield, Mo., was named to the MVC All-Tournament Team as a senior and was selected as the 2011 MVC Elite 18 Award winner in men's soccer. He also earned CoSIDA Academic All-District first-team honors for the third season, was named Prairie Farms-MVC Student Athlete of the Week twice, earned a spot on the MVC Scholar-Athlete first-team for the third year and was named a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.
In May, Melugin was named the winner of the 58th Annual Virgil Cheek Athletic Achievement Award, becoming just the third men's soccer player to receive the award and first since 2006. The Virgil Cheek Award has been given annually since 1955 to the graduating senior male student-athlete best demonstrating high qualities in scholarship, character, attendance, leadership and athletic performance. He finished his career ranked fifth all-time at MSU in game-winners (8), seventh in goals (22) and eighth in points (53). He earned summa cum laude honors with a 3.97 GPA in molecular biology and plans to attend medical school at the University of Kansas.
To be eligible for consideration, recipients must have achieved a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.40, participated with distinction in a Missouri Valley Conference championship sport for at least two seasons at the nominating institution and must graduate from their institutions within 18 months following selection at the spring meetings of the Faculty Athletics Representative Committee.
Also, the recipients must be accepted for postgraduate studies at an institution of higher learning at the time of receipt of the scholarship. And, the recipients must have completed eligibility for participation in intercollegiate athletics in the academic year in which nominated.