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USC's Sarah Nelson, Matt Harrison Named 2021-22 Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarships Recipients

Aug 11, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO – USC women's volleyball setter Sarah Nelson (Los Gatos, Calif.) and men's water polo driver Matt Harrison (Redondo Beach, Calif.) were named as the Trojans' recipients of the 2021-22 Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarship on Thursday, Aug. 11.
 
The Pac-12 Conference annually honors 24 outstanding student-athletes with the postgraduate scholarship worth $9,000 each. Two student-athletes from each member institution are selected each year and must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade-point average and demonstrate a commitment to education, campus and community involvement, and leadership.
 
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
  • Exemplified behavior, both in competition and beyond, in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution, and to 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 Pac-12 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 fields and 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.
 
Nelson joined the Women of Troy in 2020 as a graduate transfer from Duke where she received a Bachelor of Science in economics and a minor in psychology. At USC she completed a Master of Science in finance and a Master of Science in social entrepreneurship. On the court, Nelson played in 12 matches for the Trojans and racked up 101 assists, 21 digs, and five service aces. She earned Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll notice in 2021.
 
Harrison collected All-Academic honors from the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches three times and helped the Trojans make three appearances in the NCAA tournament. A two-time selection to the Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll and MPSF Scholar-Athlete list, Harrison was an active member of the Trojan Athletic Senate and served as Co-President for the group in his senior year. Harrison completed a bachelor's degree in business administration with an emphasis in real estate finance and is pursuing a master's in entrepreneurship and innovation.