Busatto and Lien Tabbed Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients
SAN FRANCISCO – The Pac-12 Conference on Thursday announced that University of Utah student-athletes Anna Busatto (cross country/track & field) and Joachim Lien (skiing) have been named recipients of the 2022 Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarship.
Each scholarship is worth $9,000 and annually recognizes up to two student-athletes from each Pac-12 school. Established in 1999, the award honors and financially assists some of the Conference's most outstanding athletes and scholars as they continue their educations and prepare for careers in their chosen industries. Across the Pac-12, scholarship recipients maintained a minimum 3.0 grade-point average and demonstrated a commitment to education, campus and community involvement, and leadership.
Both Busatto and Lien are remaining at the U., as Busatto is pursuing a PhD is biomedical engineering and Lien plans to complete a Master's in finance.
Busatto, who was a distance runner, competed in the Pac-12 Championships and NCAA Championships for Utah in 2019 during the cross country season. The Treviso, Italy, native also competed in the 2020 MPSF Indoor Championships and the Pac-12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 2021. Busatto still checks in at No. 8 all-time in the outdoor 3000m race (10:11.32) that she set her senior year. A four-time Pac-12 academic honor roll recipient and two-time MPSF All-Academic honoree, Busatto graduated from the U. with a Bachelor's in biomedical engineering with a minor in chemistry.
A five-time NCAA All-American and three-time All-RMISA pick, Lien was a member of three NCAA Championship teams, helping Utah bring home the crown in 2019, '21 and '22. The Rælingen, Norway, native tallied 25 career top-five finishes including seven wins (three giant slalom, four slalom). His 2020 season was highlighted by an RMISA-leading six victories, later being tabbed USCSCA Men's Alpine Skier of the Year. Academically, Lien was placed on the USCSCA All-Academic Team all four years. In 2022, Utah Athletics presented Lien with the Dr. Chris Hill Leadership Award. He earned his Bachelor's degree in finance.
Criteria to be selected for the Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarship includes:
- Maintaining an overall undergraduate minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 (based on a 4.00 scale);
- Earned acceptance 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.