BAY CITY – Ferris State soccer player Carley Dubbert and Northern Michigan swimmer and diver Nathan Rotundo have been awarded the 2018-19 GLIAC Pat Riepma Post Graduate Scholarship.
Both winners received a $5,000 academic scholarship from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference to help support their graduate studies.
Dubbert (St. Joseph’s, Mich.) Is a three-time GLIAC Academic Excellence Award recipient and dean’s list honoree, and received a Commissioner’s Award in 2017 and ‘18. She was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District Team in 2018.
As a senior this past season, Dubbert tallied 23 points with eight goals and seven assists in 24 outings while leading the Bulldogs to a NCAA Sweet Sixteen finish. She notched 76 total shots, including 37 on net and finished with three game-winning markers for the Bulldogs. Dubbert was also an All-GLIAC honoree for the third time and departed as one of the winningest seniors in program history.
During her final campaign, Dubbert was a 2018 Google Cloud/CoSIDA Academic All-District pick and an all-region choice for the Bulldogs, who were ranked nationally a majority of the season for the first time in school history. FSU finished second in the GLIAC regular-season standings, which was the team's highest finish ever, and also made its first-ever appearance in the GLIAC Tournament championship game. Dubbert was a two-time United Soccer Coaches Scholar-Athlete Award recipient in addition to being a four-year starter and letterwinner at Ferris State.
Dubbert, with a 3.98 grade point average, is a member of the Ferris State College of Pharmacy Class of 2022. She attended pharmacy school while completing her final year of soccer eligibility.
“I am fortunate to have found a school that fostered both of my passions,” Dubbert said. “This past Fall was a demanding semester, juggling both commitments, but it was the perfect situation for me, and I would not change a thing.”
Dubbert plans to apply for a residency after earning her degree.
Rotundo, who placed eighth in the men’s 1-meter and 3-meter events at the 2019 GLIAC Championships, is also a GLIAC Academic Excellence Award winner and NMU Men’s Swimming and Diving three-time team scholar-athlete award winner. He was also named to the NMU Elite 20 academic list. Rotundo also competed in the breaststroke for the Wildcats.
In addition to swimming and diving, he volunteered during several campus and community events, including the Marquette Marathon, St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry and Bay Cliff Science Camp.
Rotundo (Marquette, Mich.) plans to pursue a medical degree at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.
“From a very young age I have always wanted to enter the medical field, so that I might be able to make a difference in people’s lives,” Rotundo said. “I chose Michigan State because in their mission statement they place a strong emphasis on their desire to serve the underserved and underprivileged.”
Rotundo hopes to become an anesthesiologist, which combines his interests in biology and chemistry, and practice in the Upper Peninsula.
“The resumes of the candidates were impressive to say the least,” noted GLIAC Commissioner Kris Dunbar. “I can’t say enough about the caliber of scholar athletes who represent our member schools. Carly and Nathan will go on to be wonderful ambassadors for their schools, the GLIAC and Division II athletics. We wish them the best with their graduate studies.”