An advocate of excellence both on and off the ice for student-athletes, the WCHA initially announced the annual men's and women's postgraduate scholarship program in April of 2003, with the initial recipients named after the 2003-04 academic year. The WCHA
Postgraduate Scholarships are grants of $10,000 each that are presented annually to a male and female student-athlete for postgraduate studies.
Eidsness, a native of Chestermere, Alberta, earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration during his four-year collegiate career. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a 3.779 cumulative grade point average in undergraduate work and boasted a 3.625 cumulative GPA as a graduate student.
In 2011-12, Eidsness was named the WCHA Most Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year and was UND's Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year (all sports). He graduated ranked third all-time at UND in wins (58), fourth in games played (104), fifth in goals against average (2.41), tied for fifth in shutouts (5) and sixth in save percentage (.906).
Eidsness was a three-time WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award recipient and a three-time All-WCHA Academic Team selection, and was UND's nominee for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award as a senior. In 2010-11, Eidsness received the NCAA Elite 88 Award for men's hockey for having the highest GPA among all competitors at his sport's championship.
"Brad is an outstanding young man who has become a leader, not only on his team but also across our campus," said UND head coach Dave Hakstol. "His athletic performance and abilities are second to none and his dedication to his sport, his team, and his academics is that of a unique and first-class character."
Eidsness was an also active member of the UND and Grand Forks communities, donating his time to several organizations, including Northlands Rescue Mission, Sioux Kids Club, Pucks for Plates and more.
St. Cloud State's Brittany Toor and Bemidji State's Montana Vichorek were named female co-recipients of the 2012-13 WCHA Postgraduate Scholarship.