July 6, 2012
SEATTLE - Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott announced the 48 outstanding Pac-12 student-athletes who have been named recipients of Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarships for the 2011-12 academic year and four recent UW grads made the list.
Sarah Martinez (women's soccer), Sam Osjerkis (men's crew) and Veronica Tamsitt (women's rowing) and Greg Walker (football) have received $3,000 awards for having a minimum 3.0 grade point average and for having 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.
Martinez will be getting her master's in UW's Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership program starting in the fall. The Des Moines, Wash., native helped Lesle Gallimore's Husky women's soccer team to the Elite 8 her junior season. She was a two-time all-conference academic and athletic selection, the team MVP in 2011 and also earned the inspirational and loyalty awards.
Ojserkis from the men's crew team hails from Linwood, N.J. He majored in geography at UW and was named the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He earned several academic awards for having the highest GPA on the team and among all student-athletes at UW. He was a member of the national championship varsity eight boat in 2011 and 2012.
Tamsitt, from Bungendore, Australia, majored in oceanography at UW. She had the top GPA on the women's team with a 3.77. She is headed to San Diego to earn a master's degree at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
From Bellflower, Calif., Walker accomplished a rare feat, earning admission into Brown's prestigious medical school. He graduated from UW with a degree in biology and earned academic All-Pac-12 honors. He played in all but one game his final three seasons on the football team.
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. The student-athlete will be evaluated on the basis of all academic work completed at time of selection, have performed with distinction as a member of a varsity team. The degree of the student-athlete's athletic achievement will be weighed at least equally with the degree of academic performance, 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 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.
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.