Four Trojans Land Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarships
July 1, 2013
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Matthew Burton (men's water polo), Melanie Grindle (rowing), Alex Lendrum (men's swimming) and Chelsea Silvers (women's water polo) have been named as recipients of Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year. The four Trojans each will be awarded with $3,000 scholarships, which are being granted to 44 different Pac-12 student-athletes, conference commissioner Larry Scott announced today.
Matthew Burton, a member of USC men's water polo's past five national championship teams, was also named to the Capital One Academic All-America Second Team in his final season. A captain and two-time AWPCA All-American, Burton has paired success in the pool with strength in the classroom as a three-time All-MPSF Scholar-Athlete and winner of the 2009 NCAA Elite 88 Award. Holding a 3.69 GPA, Burton is finishing his master's degree in communication management.
Women's rower Melanie Grindlebecame USC's first-ever Pac-12 Rowing Athlete of the Year as she helped captain the Women of Troy to a program-best fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Grindle was also honored as a first-team Pac-12 All-Academic selection and took home first-team CRCA West Region honors. With a 3.63 GPA, Grindle graduates with a degree in business.
Alex Lendrum, a two-time USC swimming captain, was a 2012 and 2013 All-American who earned 2012 CoSIDA Academic All-American second team honors last year. Lendrum, boasting a 3.76 GPA in bio-chemistry, has earned a host of academic honors in 2013. He won a prestigious 2013 NCAA postgraduate scholarship, was named the 2013 Pac-12 Swimming Scholar Athlete of the Year and collected his third straight Pac-12 All-Academic first team selection.
Chelsea Silvershas been a member of two national championship teams with USC women's water polo while also compiling a full set of honors as AWPCA All-Academic honoree and an MPSF All-Academic Scholar-Athlete. Silvers graduates with a 3.43 cumulative GPA as a communication major and English minor.
The Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarships are awarded to student-athletes with a minimum 3.0 grade point average who have also demonstrated a commitment to continuing education, campus and community involvement, and leadership. Since the program began in 1999, the Pac-12 has awarded over $1.5 million for postgraduate study.
To be selected for a Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarship, a student-athlete must:
• Have an overall undergraduate minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 (based on a 4.00 scale) or its equivalent.
• Be in his/her final season of intercollegiate athletics eligibility in all sports OR be in his/her final year of undergraduate studies, having exhausted athletics eligibility in all sports.
• Have performed with distinction as a member of a varsity team.
• Intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree 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.
• Have behaved, both on and off the field, in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics.
In 1999, the Pac-12 Conference created a postgraduate scholarship program to honor outstanding student-athletes from its member institutions who also are outstanding scholars. Each Pac-12 institution selects four student-athlete recipients, two men and two women, through its institutional selection process.