Congratulations are in order for four WSU student-athletes who were awarded postgraduate scholarships by the Pac-12 today: Jared Karstetter (football), Tiara Pittman (soccer), Jake Baertlein (track) and Rosie Tarnowski (basketball).
For their academic excellence and contributions to the profile of the conference, their cash award is ...
Now, far be it from me to turn my nose up at three grand. And I'm sure all of these young men and women feel the same way.
But let's be honest: That amounts to little more than a "way to go!" and a high five on the way out the door when you compare that to the total cost of most graduate programs. Karstetter is planning on dental school; the average cost of dental school at a public institution is roughly $150,000, and private schools can be twice that.
The Pac-12 boasted in its news release, "Since the program began in 1999, the Pac-12 has awarded over $1.5 million for postgraduate study." And I'm thinking ... that's less than $110,000 a year. The total this year, with 48 winners, is $144,000. How many conference employees make more than that in a year? $2 million in 2010.made just under
Scott is absolutely worth that money. But one would think a conference that just signed a $3 billion media rights deal could come up with a little more than $144,000 to honor its brightest minds.
The conference's full release, complete with a list of winners, is after the jump.
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - 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. These $3,000 awards go 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. 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.
• 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.
Below is the lists of the 2011-12 recipients by institution.
2011-12 Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarship Winners
Institution Name Sport
Arizona Trace Biskin Football
Rebecca Cardenas Gymnastics
Andy Guerra Diving
Ainsley Oliver Diving
Arizona State Hillary Bach Softball
Cameron Kastl Football
John Kline Track & Field
Cj Navarro Track & Field
California Maxime Chevee Cross Country/Track & Field
Shelley Harper Swimming
Jana Juricova Tennis
Giorgio Tavecchio Football
Colorado Katie Dreher Track & field
Caroline Danneberg Soccer
Trey Eckloff Basketball
Tony Poremba Football
Oregon Bronwyn Crossman Track & field
Amanda Johnson Basketball
David Paulson Football
Brian Schaudt Track & field
Oregon State Meghan Leineweber Rowing
Leslie Mak Gymnastics
Brian Ramsey Soccer
Leslie Urban Rowing
Stanford Clayton Holz Soccer
Amaechi Morton Track & Field
Nneka Ogwumike Basketball
Betsy Webb Swimming
UCLA Charney Burk Soccer
Brooke Finley Softball
Nick Meister Tennis
Mark Weber Track & Field
USC Brianna Gilbreath Basketball
Daniel Nguyen Tennis
Amanda Smith Swimming
Greg Woodburn Track
Utah Alyssa Abbot Track & Field
Eric Bonicelli Swimming
Hannah Caron Swimming
Torjus Krogdahl Skiing
Washington Sarah Martinez Soccer
Sam Osjerkis Crew
Veronica Tamsitt Crew
Gregory Walker Football
Washington State Jake Baertlein Track & Field
Jared Karstetter Football
Tiara Pittman Soccer
Rosemarie Tarnowski Basketball