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Pac-12 selects 2016-17 postgraduate scholarship winners

SAN FRANCISCO – The Pac-12 Conference announced today the 22 outstanding Pac-12 student-athletes who have been named recipients of Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarships for the 2016-17 academic year. The scholarships, worth $9,000 each, are awarded to up to two student-athletes from each Pac-12 school annually. These worthy student-athletes maintained a minimum 3.0 grade point average and demonstrated a commitment to education, campus and community involvement, and leadership.

To be selected for a Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarship, a student-athlete must have:

  • Maintained an overall undergraduate minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 (based on a 4.00 scale);
  • Completed his/her final season of intercollegiate athletics eligibility in all sports or be in his/her final year of undergraduate study, having exhausted athletics eligibility in all sports;
  • Been accepted to or already be enrolled as a full-time student in a graduate or professional program at an accredited institution, or in a postgraduate program for which an undergraduate degree is required for admission;
  • Performed with distinction as a member of a varsity team; and
  • Exemplified behavior, both in competition and beyond, in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution, and intercollegiate athletics.

“The recipients of this scholarship are excellent representatives of their universities and wonderful examples of the power of collegiate sports to help young people reach their goals,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. “The Pac-12 is honored to help these standout student-athletes continue their educations, and I look forward to watching them positively impact their communities in the years to come.”

Student-athletes awarded this scholarship plan to pursue postgraduate education in best-in-class graduate programs at some of the most prestigious institutions in the world, including several Pac-12 universities. They will study everything from medicine and law to business, dentistry, engineering, education, and more.

In 1999, the Postgraduate Scholarship Program was created to both honor and financially assist some of the Conference’s most outstanding athletes and scholars as they continue their educations and prepare for careers in their chosen industries. The Pac-12 annually awards up to 24 scholarships of $9,000 each to former and graduating student‐athletes across the conference. Through its institutional selection process, each Pac-12 institution may select two student-athletes, one man and one woman, to be awarded the scholarship.  

Below is the list of 2016-17 Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarship recipients.

Undergraduate
Institution

Name

Sport

Graduate Institution,
Area of Study

Arizona

Sheaffer Skadsen

Soccer

University of Colorado – Denver, Dentistry

Arizona State

Hunter Atha

Diving

University of Illinois – Chicago, Museum and Exhibition Studies

Arizona State

Alexandra Osborne

Tennis

Arizona State University, Sports Law and Business Administration

California

Sullivan Parker

Track & Field

University of California – Berkeley, Education

California

Christina Higgins

Volleyball

Georgetown University, Law

Colorado

Henrik Gunnarsson

Skiing

Imperial College London, Finance and Accounting

Colorado

Clare Wise

Skiing

Stanford University, Medicine

Oregon

Cullen Prena

Track & Field

University of Mississippi, Business Administration

Oregon

Madeline Middlebrooks

Track & Field

University of Denver, Law

Oregon State

Max Engelbrekt

Baseball

Oregon State University, Business Administration

Oregon State

Bev Miller

Softball

University of Virginia, Chemical Engineering

Stanford

Johnny Caspers

Football

Stanford University, Earth Systems

Stanford

Nicole Stafford

Swimming

Stanford University, Mechanical Engineering

USC

Sara Hughes

Beach Volleyball

University of Southern California, Entrepreneurship

UCLA

Garrett Danner

Water Polo

Durham University, Management and Finance

UCLA

Kamila Tan

Beach Volleyball

University of California – Los Angeles, Health Policy and Management

Utah

Brendan Nguyen

Swimming

University of Utah, Public Health

Utah

Hannah Flippen

Softball

University of Utah, Special Education

Washington

William Lytle

Rowing

University of Washington, Intercollegiate Athletics Leadership

Washington

Casey Stangel

Softball

Vanderbilt University, Leadership and Organizational Performance

Washington State

Matthew Swanson

Track & Field

Washington State University, Business Administration and Data Analytics

Washington State

Alexis Thode

Soccer

Northwestern Health Sciences University, Chiropractic

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