Salem State's Zelzer Awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Salem State's Zelzer Awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Courtesy of Salem State Sports Information

SALEM, MASS. – Senior hockey standout Marcus Zelzer (Green Bay, Wisc.) has been selected to receive a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Postgraduate Scholarship.

Zelzer is among 58 winter sport student-athletes from NCAA Divisions I, II and III to be awarded a $7,500 scholarship, and is the first Salem State student-athlete to be selected by the NCAA. The one-time scholarships are awarded three times a year corresponding to each sport season (Fall, Winter & Spring). The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are at least in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition.

"We are so proud of Marcus' many accomplishments and level of success while at Salem State. He has exemplified what it means to be a true student-athlete. We wish him so much success in law school and know he will represent us proudly," stated Salem State's director of athletics & recreation Peggy Carl.

Zelzer (Green Bay, Wisc.), who will enter the University of St. Thomas – Minnesota School of Law in the fall, was a three-time, All-Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Academic and Dean's List member. The John D. Galaris Scholar-Athlete Award winner earned a 3.91 grade point average in Criminal Justice and was a member of Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society.

"I am very honored to have won this scholarship. I am grateful for my time at Salem State and would like to thank everyone who helped me along the way for all that they have done. I had all the tools that I needed to succeed and I am very appreciative of that."

A three year-member of the ice hockey program after transferring from Utica College, Zelzer entered the 2016-17 campaign as a returning All-American goalie for the Vikings after a record-setting junior campaign. The former, MASCAC Player of the Year, won a school-record 17 straight games, while leading Salem State to a conference championship and NCAA Tournament bid. A season-ending injury sidelined Zelzer from competition this year, but the senior was still an active member of the team, helping Salem State claim its second straight conference championship and post-season berth.