USC Athletes Receive Pac-10 Postgraduate Scholarships|
June 5, 2002
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - USC's Andrew Park (tennis), Dustin Avol (volleyball), Kimberly Abbamonto (soccer) and Stacey McElderry (rowing) are among 41 student-athletes to be awarded a Pacific-10 Conference postgraduate scholarship, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced on Tuesday, June 4. Each recipient, selected by his or her respective institutions as student-athletes who have excelled in the classroom, will receive a grant in the amount of $3,000.
Park, a two-year All-American and No. 1 singles player on the 2002 NCAA Championship men's tennis team, graduated in May with a 3.74 GPA in biological sciences and biotechnology. Avol was a three-year reserve setter for the men's volleyball team and graduated with a 3.20 GPA in kinesiology. Abbamonto was a three-year member of the USC soccer team. She graduated with a 3.69 GPA in general studies. McElderry, who rowed with the Women of Troy in 2001, majored in gerontology and graduated with a 3.51 GPA.
All four will begin graduate school in the fall.
To be eligible for a Pac-10 postgraduate scholarship a student athlete must have an overall grade-point average of 3.00 or its equivalent, be in his or her final season of intercollegiate athletics eligibility, have performed with distinction as a member of the varsity team, intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time graduate student, and have behaved both on and off the field in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics. Participation in campus and community service activities and demonstration of leadership qualities also will be taken into consideration.