Theisen earns prestigious postgraduate scholarship from NCAA

March 6, 2019
Jonah Theisen track and field

Jonah Theisen

Black Hills State University senior cross-country and track and field runner Jonah Theisen of Kenai has earned a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

“I’m extremely grateful to be able to receive this amazing scholarship to continue my education towards a PhD in Chemistry,” he said. “It is very rewarding knowing my hard work in both athletics and academics is paying off.”

The NCAA awards just 126 scholarships each year to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically, and who are in their final year of NCAA intercollegiate athletics competition.

Theisen, of Kenai High fame, is a physical science major and currently holds a 3.9 GPA.

Academically, he has been named to the RMAC All-Academic First Team four times in his career, and has been on the Honor Roll three times.

As a runner, he won the 2016 NCAA D2 national championship in the steeplechase in the outdoor track and field meet. In 2018, he earned All-American honors after he finished 14th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.