Women's Water Polo
    Four Trojans Land Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarships

    Chelsea Silvers is one of four USC student-athletes to earn Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarships this year.

    July 1, 2013

    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 Grindle became 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 Silvers has 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.