By Arik Morton – Florida Track and Field
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Former Gator Track & Field athlete Sam Ahrenholz is Florida’s 60th student-athlete to receive a postgraduate scholarship from the NCAA. Ahrenholz is the sixth Florida Men’s Track and Field member to be awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship since 1992.
The NCAA’s postgraduate scholarship program awards up to 126 scholarships annually which are given to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically. – Read more: Gold and silver for Sophia Beckmon and Claire Bryant in NACAC U23 long jump
The $10,000 scholarships are awarded three times a year, corresponding with each sports season (fall, winter, and spring). During each sports season, 21 scholarships are available to men, and 21 scholarships are available to women for use in an accredited graduate program.
Ahrenholz, who is currently attending the University of Iowa’s medical school, excelled during both his academic and athletic career at Florida.
Athletically speaking, the Iowa native placed eighth in both the 1,500m at SEC Outdoor Championships in 2018 and in the mile at SEC Indoor Championships in 2019.
From an academic perspective, Ahrenholz was awarded SEC Academic Honor Roll during his sophomore, junior, and senior season. He was also named a 2018 USTFCCCA All-Academic Individual in 2018.
In addition to his time spent in the classroom and on the track, Ahrenholz was recognized for his community service during his time in Gainesville.
In 2019, he earned the Brad Davis SEC Community Service Leader of the Year by accumulating 580 community service hours, including projects such as mentoring at schools, volunteering at churches and medical centers, and serving as president of a campus ministry at the University of Florida.
Past Florida Track & Field NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients
- Mike Holloway – 1992
- Cory Presnick – 2005
- Steve Zieminski – 2005
- Brandon Saltmarsh – 2007
- Max Lang – 2013
- Sam Ahrenholz – 2023