NEW ORLEANS – The Sun Belt Conference announced today the seven student-athletes selected to receive 2019 Sun Belt Conference Postgraduate Scholarships.


Georgia State's Nuria Ramirez (Women's Cross Country/Track & Field) and Georgia Southern's Lane Ecton (Football) earn top honors and each will receive a $6,500 scholarship. Appalachian State's Madi Story (Women's Basketball), Georgia State's Gabe Mobley (Football), Louisiana's Jackson Ladner (Football), South Alabama's Gavin Patterson (Football) and Alexandria Stiteler (Women's Tennis) each will receive a $3,000 scholarship. Ramirez and Ecton will be recognized at the Sun Belt honors reception in October in conjunction with the conference's fall meeting.


The scholarships are awarded to selected student-athletes with stated intentions to pursue a graduate degree following completion of their undergraduate requirements and are sent directly to the graduate school of each recipient's choice. The recipients are selected by the Sun Belt Postgraduate Scholarship Committee, which is comprised of Faculty Athletic Representatives from across the conference.


"These student-athletes truly exemplify the essence of excelling as students and as athletes. We are proud of their accomplishments as Sun Belt student-athletes and excited to support their continuing efforts to strive for greatness in their post-undergraduate lives," said Sun Belt Commissioner Keith Gill.



Nuria Ramirez, Georgia State (Women's Cross Country/Track & Field)

Nuria Ramirez graduated summa cum laude in December with a Bachelor's degree in biology with a 3.84 grade point average. Ramirez is set to begin pursuing her Master's degree in biology at Georgia State this fall with the goal of obtaining a Doctorate degree. A first-generation college student and student-athlete, the Palma, Spain, native was the first Panther to serve as a Sun Belt Ambassador.


The 800-meter champion at the 2016 Sun Belt Indoor Track & Field Championships earned first-place finishes in seven competitions over her four-year career. As a senior in 2018-19, Ramirez recorded personal best times in the 5K (18:23.1) at the Little Rock Cross Country Invitational and the 400 meters (57.63) at the Torrin Lawrence Memorial during the outdoor season. At the Sun Belt Indoor Track & Field Championships, she collected six points for Georgia State with a third-place finish in the 800 meters.



Gabe Mobley, Georgia State (Football)

Gabe Mobley earned his Bachelor's degree in history in three years with a 3.77 GPA. He played his final two seasons while also working on his Juris Doctor degree in the Georgia State College of Law program.


Mobley was a four-year starter on the offensive line, making 41 career starts (25 at center, 15 at right guard and one at left guard). As a senior in 2018, he started five games at right guard before moving to left guard for the first time in his career in the season finale. During his junior season, the Moultrie, Ga., native earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors and received the D1 FAR Academic Excellence Award.