UVU track: Sally Hansen Jensen receives postgraduate scholarship from NCAA

By James Warnick

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, July 26 2013 2:01 p.m. MDT

OREM, Utah — Utah Valley University track and field athlete Sally Hansen Jensen became one of 58 student-athletes from around the country to receive a postgraduate scholarship from the NCAA earlier this week. Hansen Jensen will receive $7,500 to help cover the costs of her schooling.

"Getting a scholarship like this is something you think will never happen to you, and I am incredibly grateful to the NCAA and honored to have received it," Hansen Jensen said. "I am also so thankful for my coaches, trainers and teammates at UVU who were always 100 percent supportive of my academic goals. They, along with my professors, family and husband, were such a huge part in pushing me to be successful."

The departing senior recently graduated from UVU in April with a 4.0 GPA and became the school's first-ever student-athlete valedictorian, as she was the valedictorian for the College of Science and Health.

Hansen Jensen, who studied chemistry at UVU, received the Outstanding Chemistry Student Award and the Wolverine Club Valedictorian Award a couple of months ago. The Standrod, Utah, native and Raft River High School (Malta, Idaho) product was also a three-time member of the Great West Conference All-Academic Team during her time in Orem.

During her senior season on the track, Hansen Jensen was a part of the 4x400m relay team that took first in that race, as well as the 4x100m relay squad that placed second at the GWC Outdoor Championships. She also finished fifth in the 400m hurdles and eighth in the 100m hurdles as she helped her team win its fifth consecutive Great West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship.

Hansen Jensen, who married Greg Jensen in June, will enter graduate school at Arizona State University this fall. She also had offers from graduate programs at Duke, Temple, Utah and Utah State but decided on Arizona State after her husband got into medical school at nearby Midwestern University in Glendale, Ariz.

To qualify for the scholarship, student-athletes must excel academically and athletically, be in their final year of eligibility and plan to pursue graduate study. Student-athletes must also maintain at least a 3.2 grade point average and be nominated by their institution's faculty athletics representative. Created in 1964, the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships promote and encourage education by rewarding the Association's most accomplished student-athletes.

James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit www.WolverineGreen.com.