May 6, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Michael Newburger, a member of the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team, is one of 29 recipients of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, the NCAA announced. Newburger will continue his studies in the fall, pursuing a Ph.D. in Physics after graduating this spring as a double major in physics and mathematics.

“I am delighted to learn of Michael’s NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship,” Ohio State Faculty Athletics Representative John Bruno said. “This is a prestigious award, reserved for only the most distinguished scholar-athletes. Michael is certainly deserving of the award. He is one of the most accomplished scholar-athletes at OSU or in the Big Ten that I have seen in my 11 years as a faculty athletics representative. He graduated this spring with high honors as a double major in physics and mathematics while at the same time competing as a two-time All American and captain of our men’s gymnastics team.”

Originally a walk-on to the men’s gymnastics squad, Newburger earned his first All-American honor at the 2012 NCAA Championships after placing third overall on pommel horse. The Austin, Texas, native would go on to have a breakout season as a redshirt junior in 2013, earning his second All-American honor after becoming the second gymnast in program history to win an NCAA Championship on pommel horse. That same year, Newburger also became the USA Gymnastics Winter Cup Champion and the U.S. Bronze Medalist on pommel horse, in addition to being named Ohio State Male Gymnast of the Year.

Newburger currently holds the NCAA and Ohio State record on pommel horse (16.25), which he set at the 2014 Windy City Invitational, earning Big Ten Gymnast of the Week and CGA National Gymnast of the Week recognition for his performance. A team captain and Nissen-Emery Finalist, Newburger spent the entirety of the 2014 season as the No. 1 ranked gymnast on pommel horse and concluded his career with nine individual event titles having been ranked at No. 1 for 15 weeks, in the Top 5 for 21 weeks and in the Top 10 for 26 weeks.

“Michael has set a great example for our team that if you are willing to work hard, you can accomplish anything,” Ohio State head coach Rustam Sharipov said. “Joining the team as a walk-on and becoming an NCAA Champion is a great accomplishment that speaks for itself. I’m very happy that Michael has been awarded this scholarship to help him toward his academic and career goals.”

Academically, the Austin, Texas, native has earned Capital One Academic At-Large First Team (2013) and Capital One Academic All-District Team (2012-13) honors in addition to being a four-time Distinguished Merit Scholar, National Buckeye Scholar and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. Newburger is also a four-time Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.

To qualify for an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, student-athletes must excel academically and athletically, be in his or her 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, NCAA postgraduate scholarships promote and encourage education by rewarding the Association’s most accomplished student-athletes.

Ohio State NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients Since 2000


Michael Newburger        Men’s Gymnastics


Max Stearns                Men’s Fencing


Andrew Elliott               Men’s Swimming & Diving

Sean Moore                 Men’s Swimming & Diving


Steven Kehoe              Men’s Volleyball


Jake Bateman             Men’s Gymnastics


Jen Miller                    Women’s Soccer


Daren Lynch                Men’s Gymnastics

Jamie Natalie              Men’s Gymnastics