Johnson receives NCAA degree completion award

LUBBOCK, Texas - Former Texas Tech track star Jonathan Johnson has been awarded the Degree Completion Award by the NCAA and now has the opportunity to complete his undergraduate degree.

The NCAA Division I Degree-Completion Award Program was established in 1989 to assist student-athletes who could not complete their education during their five-year eligibility period. To be eligible to apply for this program, a student-athlete must have competed at a Division I institution, have received athletics-related aid, and be within 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) of completion of his or her degree.

"I think this is a great thing for Jonathan (Johnson)," head track & field coach Wes Kittley said. "I feel it's one of the best things the NCAA does by awarding former athletes the funds to complete their degree."

While a student-athlete at Texas Tech, Johnson was the 2004 NCAA Outdoor 800M champion, a nine-time All-American and four Big 12 titles. He was the 2004 U.S. National Champion in the 800M and competed at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Johnson is majoring in Human Development and Family Studies and plans on graduating in May of 2010.

Former student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility can apply for the NCAA Degree Completion Award by contacting Associate Athletic Director of Academic Services Felicia Martin in the Athletic Academic Services Department at (806) 742-0150.