Poldma and Mezger Named 2011 Spring Scholar-Athletes of the Year|
June 24, 2011
Poldma, the Trojans' 2011 co-captain, graduated from USC this spring with degrees in communications and political science. He was a 2011 Pac-10 All-Academic first team selection and graduates with a 3.68 GPA after also earning a Pac-10 All-Academic Second Team selection in 2010 and Honorable Mention honors in 2009.
Mezger, also a 2011 Pac-10 Conference All-Academic selection with a 3.78 GPA, graduated from USC this spring with a degree in linguistics.
In order to be eligible for the Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must be a senior (in athletics eligibility) on track to receive a degree, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, participate in at least 50% of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution. Each Pac-10 institution may nominate one individual per sport, and the winners are selected by a committee of Pac-10 staff members at the conclusion of each sport's regular season. The athletic accomplishments of the nominees are a consideration in the voting for the award.
A Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be named in each of the Pac-10's 22 sponsored sports: baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's cross country, women's cross country, football, men's golf, women's golf, women's gymnastics, men's rowing, women's rowing, men's soccer, women's soccer, softball, men's swimming & diving, women's swimming & diving, men's tennis, women's tennis, men's track & field, women's track & field, women's volleyball, and wrestling.
Scholar-Athletes of the Year in each sport will receive a commemorative award. Toyo® will donate $1,000 to the scholarship funds of the institution's athletic department of each winner in recognition of their accomplishments.
The Pac-10 Conference, in cooperation with Pac-10 corporate partner Toyo Tires, established the "Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards, presented by Toyo Tires" during the 2007-08 academic year.
The Pac-10 Scholar-Athletes for spring include:
Chris Mezger, USC - Baseball, 3.78 - linguistics