Thomas, who was a four-year letterwinner for the men’s cross country team, is a native of Carterville, Illinois, and will graduate with a degree in biomedical engineering. Derry, who has etched her name into the women’s track and field record book as a member of four different relays, is a native of Fair Oaks, California, and is also set to earn her degree in biomedical engineering.
The NCAA awards up to 126 postgraduate scholarships annually. The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are at least in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition.
The one-time non-renewable scholarships of $10,000 are awarded three times a year corresponding to each sport season (fall, winter and spring). Each sports season there are 21 scholarships available for men and 21 scholarships available for women for use in an accredited graduate program.
All former student-athletes who earned an undergraduate degree from an NCAA member school are eligible to be nominated by that school for an NCAA graduate degree scholarship, regardless of when they received their undergraduate degree.