Parker, Volpe Receive Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarships
TUCSON, Ariz. – The Pac-12 Conference announced the 24 recipients of the Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarship for the 2021-22 academic year and Arizona's Dana Parker (beach volleyball) and Trevor Volpe (track & field) were among the 24 honorees.
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.
Parker completed her fourth season with the Arizona Beach Volleyball program, amassing a career record of 70-24, which ranks seventh in program history for wins. She had 19 wins in 2022 after an 18-3 mark in 2021 led to an AVCA Top Flight recognition. She also received Top Flight honors in as a freshman, after going 25-5 in 2019.
"I can't think of a more deserving person for this prestigious post-graduate award than Dana," Arizona head coach Steve Walker said. "She gave every bit of herself to all aspects of our beach volleyball program on a daily basis – in the sand, in the community and in the classroom. We are thrilled for her to receive such an honor."
The Wildcats have been ranked in the AVCA Top 20 throughout her career, reaching has high as No. 8 and narrowing missing a berth in the NCAA Championships as a junior. As a freshman, Parker teamed up with Ainise Havili to go 25-5, the second-best single season record for a pair in Arizona history. The 25 wins are also tied for the sixth-most by an individual in a season.
She graduated in 2022 with a degree in Global Health and was a three-time Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll recipient. She will be pursuing a master's entry to the profession of nursing at the University of Arizona.
Trevor Volpe will earn his MBA and MSBA in Business Analytics as a part of a dual degree in 2023. He joined the coaching staff as a student assistant coach after a four-year career with the Wildcats.
"We truly live the phase Student-Athlete here in the University of Arizona Track & Field and Cross-Country programs," Arizona Director of Cross Country/Track & Field Fred Harvey said. "We recently had Samatha Noennig receive Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year and had 28 athletes on the All-Pac-12 Academic Team. I've known Trevor Volpe his entire life and this is who he is; there is no one more deserving of receiving this Post Graduate Scholarship. Bear Down!"
Volpe helped the 4x100 relay team to a third-place finish at the 2021 Pac-12 Track and Field Championships earning a berth into the NCAA Division I West Preliminary Round, finishing fourth.
When competing in Seattle for the MPSF Championships, Volpe organized an event where he and his teammates cooked breakfast for a local cancer care center. The summer of his sophomore year, he worked at Nike's World Headquarters in Oregon where he was an intern on the creative operations and brand design team.
To be selected for a 2021-22 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);
- 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 architecture to business, nursing, engineering, education, finance, 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.