Four Cats Earn Post-Grad Scholarships

July 24, 2009

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Four Arizona student-athletes were honored by the Pac-10 conference today as recipients of the Pac-10 Postgraduate Scholarship for 2008-09. These $3,000 awards go to student-athletes with a minimum 3.0 GPA who have also demonstrated a commitment to continuing education, campus and community involvement, and leadership. Since the program began in 1999, the Pac-10 has awarded over $1 million for postgraduate study.


Craig Sheedy of men’s swimming and diving, Shelly Splittberger of women’s cross country, Danielle Steinberg of women’s tennis and Xiong Xeuhan of men’s track and field were each chosen as recipients from Arizona.


Sheedy, the NCAA’s Walter Byers Postgraduate scholarship award winner, was a co-captain in 2008-09, a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and winner of co-valedictorian honors at athletics' annual C.A.T.S. Senior Awards Banquet earlier this month, along with citations for his community service and scholastic achievements. He was a first-team Pac-10 All-Academic honoree in 2009 and one of two Wildcats to earn a conference medal given each year to an outstanding senior student-athlete.


Shelly Splittberger earned honorable mention on the Pac-10 All-Academic team, garnered All-Conference honors in the 1500-meter run with an eighth place finish and consistently earned points for the women’s cross country team during the 2008 season.


Danielle Steinberg was named as the Toyo Tires Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year, presented the Arthur Ashe Award for Sportsmanship and Leadership by the ITA Awards Southwest Region and was runner-up for the C.A.T.S. Ruby Award.  She earned 2nd-team All-Pacific 10 Conference honors as well as the Player of the Week for the week of March 10.


Xuehan Xiong was an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American as well as a CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII award winner. He earned All-Region honors in the 4x100 meter relay and was on the Pac-10 All-Academic first team. Xiong graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 grade point average in Computer Sciences.  Xiong joined Sheedy as co-valedictorians among Arizona student-athletes.


The Pac-10 Postgraduate Scholarship awardees become candidates for the Oroweat 'Healthy Minds' Scholarship. The 'Healthy Minds' scholarship provides $10,000 each to one male and one female student-athlete for postgraduate study. The winners are selected by a Pac-10 committee which includes institutional administrators and a student-athlete member of the Pac-10 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. The scholarship winners will be announced in August. The Oroweat 'Healthy Minds' scholarship program is in its third year, being initiated in 2007.



To be selected for a Pac-10 Postgraduate Scholarship, a student-athlete must:

• Have an overall undergraduate minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 (based on a 4.00 scale) or its equivalent.

• Be in his/her final season of intercollegiate athletics eligibility in all sports OR be in his/her final year of undergraduate studies, having exhausted athletics eligibility in all sports. The student-athlete will be evaluated on the basis of all academic work completed at time of selection.

• Have performed with distinction as a member of a varsity team. The degree of the student-athlete's athletic achievement will be weighed at least equally with the degree of academic performance.

• Intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree 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.

• Have behaved, both on and off the field, in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics.


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