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As graduation approaches, we shift our focus to seven student-athletes who have been recognized for their dominance in the classroom as Renaissance, Discovery and Global Scholars by the University. 

Thumbnail image for greg_woodburn.jpgThe elite group consists of Greg Woodburn (track and field), Michael Shashoua (water polo), Elaine Lim (swimming), Jack Ostler (swimming), Katherine Wittig (rowing), Matthew McCormick (track and field) and Laura Diaz-Pomatto (rowing).

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Give Running founder Greg Woodburn (pictured) leads the way as a "triple scholar" nominated for all three of the aforementioned prizes.  He was awarded $10,000 by USC for finishing in the top 10 of the 305 Renaissance Scholars thanks to his diverse coursework (major in history and minors in painting and entrepreneurship) and 3.97 GPA.

Winners of the Discovery Scholar award were selected for excelling in the classroom and displaying the ability to create exceptional new scholarship. Global Scholars earned their distinction for excelling in their studies at home and abroad.


Shashoua, who already bagged a Fulbright Grant, added Discovery and Global Scholarships to his portfolio.  He had a 3.64 GPA while majoring in business administration and international relations with a minor in communication law and media policy.

Lim, Ostler, Wittig and McCormick were named Renaissance Scholars, while Diaz-Pomatto was tabbed a Discovery Scholar.

Student-athlete graduation is Thursday, May 10.  USC graduation is a day later on Friday, May 11.

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