MIDLAND, MICH. – Grace German from the Northwood University women's basketball team has been named a finalist for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Established in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year award recognizes graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
Next, conferences will select up to two nominees each from the pool of school nominees. Then, the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the Top 30 honorees — 10 from each division.
The selection committee will determine the top three honorees in each division from the Top 30 and announce the nine finalists in September. From those nine finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then will choose the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year.
German was a model student-athlete throughout her four-year career with the Northwood women's basketball team. She earned her undergraduate degree in International Business with a 3.93 GPA in three years and currently sports a 3.97 GPA in the DeVos Graduate School, where she will earn her Masters of Business Administration this August. German is a two-time winner of the Northwood Athletic Department women's "Go MAD" award, given annually to the student-athlete who excels in competition, the classroom and in the community. A three-time GLIAC All-Academic Excellence honoree, German has been active on campus with tutoring and various other on-campus activities. She also has made trips to Central America for relief missions as well as working with the Special Olympics in her native Indiana.
The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual award ceremony Oct. 20 in Indianapolis.