Six Stanford student-athletes have been honored by the Pac-12, with four earning postgraduate scholarships and two recognized as Tom Hansen Conference Medal winners, as announced by Commissioner Larry Scott.
Nicole Dayton (women's gymnastics), Denis Lin (men's tennis), Ashley Morgan (women's gymnastics) and Andrew Stutz (football) were among 44 recipients of Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year.
Each scholarship of $3,000 is awarded to student-athletes with a minimum 3.0 GPA 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 GPA 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 is 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.
Meanwhile, Mark Appel (baseball) and Becky Dru (field hockey) were recognized as Tom Hansen Conference Medal winners. The award is given annually to each member institution's outstanding senior male and female student-athlete based on the exhibition of the greatest combination of performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership.
Conference medal winners have been named every year since the 1960-61 academic campaign. In 2009, the Pac-12 renamed the award the Tom Hansen Conference Medal in honor of Hansen, who retired at the end of June 2009 after serving for 26 years as Commissioner of the Pac-10.
Appel joined Chiney Ogwumike as co-winners of this year's Al Masters Award, presented to the Stanford athlete attaining the highest standards of athletic performance, leadership and academic achievement (highest award).
Dru was honored with the Donald Kennedy Award, presented to the senior student-athlete who best exhibits the combination of excellent academics, strong athletic ability, and a commitment to community service.