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Pac-12 selects 2019-20 Postgraduate Scholarship winners

Jul 27, 2020

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SAN FRANCISCO –– The Pac-12 Conference announced today the 23 outstanding Pac-12 student-athletes who have been named recipients of Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarships for the 2019-20 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.

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 to be awarded the scholarship.

Below is the list of 2019-20 Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarship recipients:

Undergraduate
Institution

Name

Sport

Graduate Institution, Area of Study

Arizona

Crystal Akpede

W Track & Field

Arizona/Doctorate of Pharmacy

Arizona

Matthew Salerno

M Swimming & Diving

Ohio State University/ Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Arizona State

Jamie Ruden

W Basketball

Covenant Theological Seminary/ Master of Arts in Ministry

Arizona State

Kyle Williams

Football

TBD/Medicine

California

Sam Ebstein

M Soccer

University of Chicago/Master in Computer Science

California

Noemie Ip-Ting Thomas

W Swimming & Diving

University of British Columbia/MBA

Colorado

Courtney Fedor

W Soccer

DeSales University/Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

Colorado

Benjamin Saarel

M XC/Track & Field

California/Physics

Oregon

Alyssa Hinojosa

W Soccer

Oregon/Master in Advertising and Brand Responsibility

Oregon

Darya Kaboli-Nejad

Softball

University of San Francisco Law School/Juris Doctor

Oregon State

Isis Lowery

W Gymnastics

Oregon State/Master of Education

Stanford

Bailey Perez

M Gymnastics

Georgetown McDonough School of Business/Master of Science in Finance

Stanford

Michelle Xiao

W Soccer

Stanford University School of Medicine/Medical School (MD)

UCLA

Jacqueline Garner

W XC/Track & Field

Southwestern Law School/Juris Doctor Degree

UCLA

Millen Trujillo

M XC/Track & Field

Harvard Law School/J.D.  Degree

USC

Rae Lan

M Tennis

University of Cambridge/Master of Philosophy in Health, Medicine, and Society

USC

Katarzyna Pilch

W Rowing

University of Cambridge/Master of Philosophy in Education (Arts, Creativity & Education)

Utah

Grace Englund

W Track & Field

University of Florida/Masters in Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management

Utah

David Micevski

M Tennis

Utah/Master of Science in Finance

Washington

George Esau

M Rowing

Washington/MSRE or MBA

Washington

Michaela Nelson

W Gymnastics

TBD/Masters in Public Health

Washington State

Ella Cowan de Wolf

W Rowing

Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Washington State

Desiree Stinger

W Track & Field

University of San Francisco/Masters in Sports Management