Grundler ’18 Earns NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Julian Grundler ’18 is one of just 58 fall-sports student-athletes to win the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

Rollins soccer player Julian Grundler ’18 has earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, a prestigious award given to student-athletes who excel in both academics and athletics.

The senior goalkeeper and chemistry major is one of just 58 fall-sports student-athletes across all NCAA divisions nationwide to win the $7,500 scholarship.

“These scholarships are reserved for student-athletes with distinguished college careers highlighted by outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, community service, and leadership,” says Mattie White, chair of the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee and senior associate athletics director at Indiana University. “These experiences prepare them for success in graduate study and life.”

A native of Singen, Germany, Grundler carries a 3.98 GPA and has been accepted to a number of top-tier graduate programs, including Duke and Yale.

Grundler’s research focus is nanoscience. He was introduced to the field by Assistant Professor of Chemistry Ellane Park, who is now Grundler’s research adviser.

The summer after Grundler’s sophomore year, he and Park partnered on cutting-edge cancer research through Rollins’ Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Program. This past summer, the pair was part of a 10-week research program at MIT.

“What I really liked about Rollins, especially with chemistry, is that you have this close connection with your professors,” Grundler says. “I spent so much time with Dr. Park, it’s crazy. The other day we talked about this one problem for four hours.”

On the field, Grundler played 30 games for the Tars, logging more than 2,600 minutes in goal and racking up 121 saves.