(Peru, Neb.)—Earlier this spring former Peru State men's basketball player Blake Petersen (Columbus) received a full tuition scholarship to pursue his Masters in Exercise Physiology program through Baylor University's Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation.
 
Petersen graduated with a 3.75 GPA at Peru State College as a four-year student.
 
Here's what Peru State men's basketball head coach Bob Ludwig had to say about Petersen…
 
"We are thrilled for Blake to have this well-deserved opportunity to continue his education at Baylor on a full tuition scholarship," said Ludwig. "The work he put in both on the floor and in the classroom are indicative of who he is as a person. He comes from a tremendous family that instilled a great work ethic in him since day one."
 
Ludwig added…
 
"Blake is as independent and hardworking of a student-athlete as I have coached. He helped us establish a culture here as one of our first four-year players after my arrival. I have no doubt that he will continue to be very successfully both academically as well as in his career path after college."
 
Dr. Kyle Ryan, Professor of Kinesiology at Peru State College added this about Petersen…
 
"Blake is the ideal student-athlete that I hope to see enroll in the Kinesiology major. Intelligent, mature, with a healthy dose of skepticism," said Dr. Ryan. "He knew very well what answers I could provide and what answers I couldn't and was confident enough to seek those answers elsewhere when need be."
 
Dr. Ryan continued…
 
"When it came time to choose a graduate program, he realized Baylor was an ideal choice and sought out the advice of my peer, Dr. Shana Walsh, who had graduated from Baylor with her Ph.D. I have absolutely zero doubt that Blake will be successful as he moves forward. Another strong graduate from the Peru State College Kinesiology program."