Jaak Poldma Earns NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship|
June 20, 2011
Senior Jaak Poldma, who played an instrumental role in the USC men's tennis team's current streak of three consecutive NCAA championships, has been awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, the NCAA announced Monday (June 20).
The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women. The $7,500 scholarships, are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are at least in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. Each sports season (fall, winter and spring), there are 29 scholarships available for men and 29 scholarships available for women. The scholarships are one-time, non-renewable grants.
Poldma, the Trojans' 2011 captain, graduated from USC this spring with degrees in communications and political science. He was a 2011 Pac-10 All-Academic First Team selection, graduating with a 3.68 GPA. He also earned a Second Team selection in 2010 and Honorable Mention honors in 2009.
As a 2011 senior, Poldma was ranked in the top 40 nationally and played predominantly from the No. 2 singles spot for the Trojans. He finished the season with a 20-3 individual record.
Poldma is USC's 51st NCAA postgraduate scholarship winner and its first since 2004 (Emily Adams, women's volleyball). USC ranks in the top 10 in the number of NCAA postgraduate scholarship recipients. Poldma is USC's sixth in men's tennis.