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      MTU's Stebner awarded WCHA Post-Graduate Scholarship

      Courtesy: MTU

      A pair of Western Collegiate Hockey Association-member team student-athletes who have excelled both on and off the ice the past four seasonsâ??Brad Stebner of Michigan Technological University and Becky Allis of Ohio State Universityâ??are the men's and women's WCHA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients for 2014."On behalf of the entire Association, we are proud to announce that Becky Allis and Brad Stebner are this season's WCHA Postgraduate Scholarship winners", said men's and women's commissioners Bruce McLeod and Sara Martin, who are retiring June 30. "Since we first announced the postgraduate scholarship program nearly a dozen years ago, we have continually been amazed with each successive group of recipients."We have been blessed to see Becky and Brad competing both on the ice and in the classroom at the highest levels over the past the four seasons. They are outstanding role models, they represent the best of collegiate athletics, and their dedication and work-ethic will ensure them success in whatever they choose to pursue in the future. We salute them, thank them, and wish them all the best."The WCHA announced the men's and women's annual postgraduate scholarship program in April of 2003, with the initial recipients named after the 2003-04 academic year. The WCHA Postgraduate Scholarships, are grants of ($7500) each for postgraduate studies.Stebner, a senior defenseman at Michigan Tech in 2013-14, hails from Fort McMurray, Alberta and owns a 4.0 undergraduate grade-point average while majoring in biological sciences (pre-professional program) with a minor in psychology. He is a three-time WCHA Scholar-Athlete (2012, 2013, 2014), a multiple WCHA All-Academic Team honoree, has been a member of the Michigan Tech Dean's List every semester in Houghton and has three times earned Tech's John MacInnes Slide Rule Award for the hockey team's highest GPA."I have had the privilege of coaching Brad for three seasons," said Michigan Tech head coach Mel Pearson. "He is a coach's dream with the leadership that he has provided in the classroom, in off-ice sessions, in practices and in every game. Brad sets the example for our players with his character, discipline and hard work."Brad is a defensive defenseman who has led the team in ice time over the past two seasons. This year he was elected co-captain and was an assistant captain in his junior year. After our season was finished, he was given the opportunity for an amateur tryout with the Stockton Thunder; he will do well and complete his studies and graduate. Brad was married last summer so in addition to everything that he was doing with our team, his studies and community work, he added the responsibilities of being a husband in his senior year. He and his wife even led a team Bible study group this past season."Brad is one of the finest student-athletes I have had the pleasure of working with. His leadership and character have certainly helped us rebuild the culture and program at Michigan Tech. He will be very successful."Among his many volunteer activities, Stebner regularly speaks at local schools to promote both academics and athletics as part of Koaches Kids, has interacted with children and the community on various events including Skate with the Huskies, has been a volunteer coach at summer camps in both Houghton and his hometown of Fort McMurray, has worked with Project Keepstraightâ??a drug awareness program in Fort McMurray, and has helped with Santa's Anonymous to pack and distribute Christmas gifts to needy families in his hometown.In his senior season of 2013-14, Stebner served as team co-captain for the Huskies, appearing in 37 games with eight points on one goal and seven assists and an impressive +7 plus-minus rating. He as named the team's John MacInnes Slide Rule recipient and earned WCHA Scholar-Athlete accolades. He had two assists in a 10-4 conference win over Alabama Huntsville on Feb. 8. As a junior in 2012-13, he served as assistant captain and played in 35 games, earned WCHA Scholar-Athlete accolades for the second straight season, and was named the John MacInnes Slide Rule Award winner for having the Huskies' highest grade-point average. As a sophomore in 2011-12, Stebner posted a team-best plus/minus rating of +12 in 37 games, was named a WCHA Scholar-Athlete, earned WCHA All-Academic Team honor and received Tech's Rick Yeo Unsung Hero Award (co-recipient with Dennis Rix). In his first collegiate season of 2010-11, he earned the Elov Seger Memorial Award as the team's most improved player while appearing in 30 games. He recorded his first career point with an assist on a game-winning shorthanded goal at Denver."Hockey has been a life long dream of mine and the fact that it has given me an opportunity to pursue a great career and education is truly incredible," said Stebner. "I intend on applying for medical school and becoming a doctor. This summer I have scheduled to write the MCAT and will be applying for several different universities and their medical programs. This application will be for the 2015-16 academic year, which will also give me a season to pursue a year of pro hockey and gain the experience it entails. Although I have not decided yet on an exact specialization, but there are several fields that really interest me â?? including radiology, anesthesiology, and general family practice. I have always been fascinated by anatomy and the workings of the human body. Most importantly, I love helping others and want to make a difference. My love of athletics as well as academics provides me with a unique opportunity to continue to work in a field that involves attributes I have gained through my experiences at Michigan Techâ??including hard work, dedication, leadership and teamwork."Prior to enrolling at Michigan Tech, Stebner played three seasons for the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the AJHL, appearing in 166 games with 87 points (13g, 69a). He earned the Terry Conroy Memorial Award in 2008, was named the team's best defenseman and was an all-star selection in 2009, and in his final season in Fort McMurray he was honored as the team's best defenseman, was a finalist for AJHL Defenseman of the Year, and served as the captain for the North Division All-Star Team. Stebner is a 2007 graduate of Harry Ainlay High School and is the son of Darryl and Deb Stebner of Fort McMurray. His hobbies include fishing, camping, video games, watching movies and working out.Nominating Stebner for the WCHA Postgraduate Scholarship was William Sproule, Faculty Athletic Representative at Michigan Tech.Allis, a senior at Ohio State in 2013-14, hails from West Olive, Mich. Owner of a 3.6 cumulative grade-point average, she played in 134 games for the Buckeyes at both defense and forward over her four seasons, producing 10 points on two goals and eight assists. Her collegiate career highlights include earning the prestigious WCHA Scholar-Athlete award in both 2013 and 2014, being named an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete four times (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), being a multiple WCHA All-Academic Team honoree, being a Big Ten Medal of Honor nominee in 2014, and earning Dean's List acclaim at OSU over nine terms between 2010 and 2014. She suited up for 35 games in her final season, firing a career-high 45 shots on goal while moving up to play as a forward for the majority of the campaign. She also recorded four assists this past season and was credited with 66 blocked shots. As a junior in 2012-13, Allis played in 31 games for the Buckeyes, as a sophomore in 2011-12 she saw action in 36 contests and as a freshman in 2010-11, she played in 32 games and earned WCHA Rookie of the Week honors on Oct. 10, 2010 after notching her first points in a sweep of league rival St. Cloud State. Her first collegiate goal came against Syracuse in the Buckeyes' 6-2 win Oct. 30, 2010.