LEXINGTON, Va. - Recent Washington and Lee University graduate Nathan Hottle has been awarded a National Collegiate Athletic Association Postgraduate Scholarship. The award is a $5,000 scholarship for postgraduate study at a university or professional school. Hottle, a native of Clearbrook, Va., and the 1993 valedictorian at James Wood High School, was one of just 174 student-athletes at all NCAA levels from across the country to receive one of the prestigious scholarships.
Hottle completed a standout athletic career at W&L by competing in the NCAA Division III Men's Swimming Championships in March in Oxford, Ohio. Hottle was a four-year letterwinner in swimming, serving as team captain his senior year, and earned All-America honors in 11 events. He won the NCAA Division III title in the 200-yard breaststroke in 1995 and set six school records during his career, including two at the NCAA championships this year. He also lettered three times in water polo and was voted W&L's Outstanding Senior Male Athlete this past school year. He was also a co-winner of the William McHenry Scholar-Athlete Award.
Hottle was equally successful in the classroom, graduating with a grade point average in excess of 3.8 despite carrying a double major in physics-engineering and computer science. Hottle was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa and was named a GTE First Team Academic All-America selection this year after earning second team honors in 1996.
Hottle is the 19th W&L athlete to receive a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship since 1970 and the 16th in the past 20 years.