posted June 27, 2011

John Donkersloot Receives Two National Academic Awards

Recent Hope College graduate John Donkersloot of Zeeland (Zeeland East HS) has been awarded the highest honors that can be presented to a scholar-athlete.

The three-time All-American high jumper has been awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and for the second consecutive year named a Capital One first team Academic All-American.

The Phi Beta Kappa biochemistry/molecular biology major maintained a 3.90 grade point average. He also carried a philosophy minor and is an accomplished pianist. He was named the outstanding senior student-athlete in the Hope Class of 2011. He finished third in the high jump at the NCAA Division III championships as a sophomore and junior and was fourth this past spring.

"John is a very personable individual with exceptional talent and

leadership qualities, and a commitment to contribute in a positive way

to his campus and community," said Dr. Lynne Hendrix, Hope NCAA

faculty athletic representative.

"John is a very unique individual who is able to excel at the highest

levels in a variety of areas through his dedication, hard work and

innate abilities and gifts," said his coach, Kevin Cole.

Donkersloot is the 18th Hope scholar-athlete to receive the $7,500

NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and the 11th among 40 honorees to be

named an Academic All-American twice.

Donkersloot will be attending the University of Michigan Medical

School in the fall. He is the son of James and Sara Donkersloot of