Western Michigan’s Bennett awarded NCHC postgraduate scholarship on option to medical college

Kale Bennett is a defenseman on the ice for WMU and a 3.99 GPA scholar within the classroom (photograph: Mark Kuhlmann).

With aspirations of turning into an orthopedic surgeon, Western Michigan senior defenseman Kale Bennett has been chosen the recipient of the 2021 NCHC postgraduate scholarship.

Bennett turns into the second Bronco to earn the scholarship in its six-year historical past, together with Aaron Hadley in 2016-17.

Additionally named the NCHC’s senior scholar-athlete award winner for 2020-21 earlier in March, Bennett turns into the third student-athlete to win each that award and the NCHC postgraduate scholarship, together with Omaha’s Joel Messner (2017-18) and Denver’s Gabe Levin (2015-16).

Bennett is ready to graduate from WMU in April together with his bachelor’s diploma in biomedical sciences, whereas compiling a near-perfect 3.99 grade-point common. He may even full minors in chemistry, psychology and sociology. After ending his undergraduate diploma, Bennett will take the MCAT this spring and plans to attend medical college the place he’ll put his scholarship to make use of.

“We’re honored to current the NCHC Postgraduate Scholarship to Kale Bennett of Western Michigan,” stated NCHC commissioner Josh Fenton in a press release. “Kale’s success within the classroom is spectacular, as he was awarded our 2021 senior scholar-athlete recognition as properly. Kale’s pursuit of being a medical physician is inspiring and we’re proud to have him part of the NCHC household.”

Bennett is a four-time member of the NCHC tutorial all-conference group and a four-time NCHC distinguished scholar-athlete, in addition to a three-time AHCA All-American scholar. He additionally garnered WMU’s Peter Ellis tutorial participant of the yr honor every of the final three seasons (2018-20).

Bennett served as an alternate captain for the Broncos this season, enjoying in 23 of 25 video games on the WMU blue line. He finishes his profession with 113 video games performed for Western Michigan, recording 17 factors on three objectives and 14 assists, together with one helper this season.

“My world is continually surrounded by damaged bones and torn ligaments, which have all the time intrigued me and influenced my life objectives,” Bennett wrote in his scholarship nomination. “Attending medical college will not be solely an vital step in turning into a physician, however a needed and required one. I’m excited to additional my schooling, as understanding the human physique, the way it works, and how you can help within the therapeutic course of has all the time fascinated me.”

The NCHC’s postgraduate scholarship is funded by a grant from the El Pomar Basis in Colorado Springs, which has additionally supported the NCHC by offering its workplace headquarters on the grounds of the Penrose Home and serving to cowl the price of the Penrose Cup.

Bennett’s scholarship award quantity will likely be $7,500.

“The NCHC membership and board of administrators are grateful for the assist of Mr. Kyle Hybl and the El Pomar Basis Board of Administrators.” Fenton stated. “Celebrating our scholar’s success is a cornerstone of our convention and we’re proud to share on this honor with El Pomar.”

To be eligible for the NCHC’s postgraduate scholarship, the student-athlete have to be a senior on the official NCAA hockey roster with at the least a 3.5 cumulative grade-point common, who plans to proceed his tutorial research past his undergraduate diploma. The recipient should enroll in a postgraduate diploma program inside three years of receiving the scholarship to gather the monetary help. The winner is chosen by a vote of the NCHC’s college athletics representatives (FARs) from among the many nominees submitted by every college’s FAR.

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