Lycoming’s Dressler earns NCAA postgrad scholarship
With a near-perfect GPA as a biology major and after a season as Lycoming’s starting running back, senior Sam Dressler has earned one of the most prestigious honors in collegiate sports, being named as one of 58 NCAA postgraduate scholarships for the fall season.
Dressler is the second winner of the postgraduate scholarship in the Lycoming athletics history, joining men’s soccer player Justin Walker. Dressler will enroll at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and seek a medical degree.
“As a college varsity athlete for four years, I have learned patience in not always achieving immediate success and in dealing with several injuries,” Dressler said. “This has given me a sense of empathy for future patients and the frustrations they may feel. The summer before my senior year in high school, I had a serious fracture in my foot, requiring surgery and intensive rehabilitation. The orthopedic surgeon who saw me in clinic and then performed my surgery is the reason I now am attending medical school. He took the time to talk to me and listen to my fears and was confident and assured me that I would be able to play football my senior year.”