WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Four University of Colorado Buffaloes have been awarded Pac-12 Conference Postgraduate Scholarships, as announced by Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott.
Brianne Beemer (track and field), Dustin Ebner (football), Eliska Hajkova (skiing) and Ian Mallams (skiing) were four of the 44 Pac-12 student-athletes named.
Each scholarship of $3,000 goes 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.
Beemer (Loveland, Colo.) graduated in May 2013 with degrees in marketing and linguistics and hearing sciences. She was a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention selection and a two-time member of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation All-Academic team (2012 and 2013). Beemer was also an Academic All-Big 12 selection in 2010. In May, she was awarded the Buffalo Award of Distinction.
Ebner (Arvada, Colo.) earned his degree in ecology and evolutionary biology in
December of 2011 and continued his coursework in integrative physiology while competing on the football team last fall. He earned second-team Pac-12 All-Academic Team honors as a senior and first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors as a redshirt freshman.
Hajkova (Jablonec, Czech Republic) will graduate in December with a degree in Integrative Physiology. In 2011 and 2013, she was named to the Division I National All-Academic Ski Team and in 2011 was also First Team Academic All-Big 12 At-Large team.
Mallams (Whitefish, Mont.) graduated in May 2013 with degrees in environmental studies and geography. He was named to the Division I National All-Academic Ski Team from 2010-13 and was also named to the 2011 First Team Academic All-Big 12 At-Large team. This past April, Mallams was awarded with the CU Scholar-Athlete Award, for having accumulated the highest cumulative grade point average in his class (3.799) and in May he was also awarded the Buffalo Award of Distinction. As a junior he was a member of the CU 4.0 club.
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.
Also announced this week from the conference office was the 2012-13 Pac-12 Tom Hansen Conference Medal Winners. A Conference Medal is awarded 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. Sabatino Chen (basketball) and Emma Coburn (cross country/track & field) were honored as the Buffs’ recipients this past April at CU’s Annual Academic Breakfast.
Chen (Louisville, Colo.) graduated in May 2013 with a degree in mathematics. He was a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic First Team selection as well as a member of the Dean’s List in 2011. Chen was also a member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll. He was a key starter and reserve in the Buffaloes second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance (2011-12 & 2012-13), a school-first in back-to-back years since 1961-62 & 1962-63.
Coburn (Crested Butte, Colo.) also graduated in May 2013 with a degree in marketing. During the 2013 season, she was named to the MPSF All-Academic team and the Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention team. Coburn was an Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree in 2011 and was on the second team in 2010. She finished her career with three individual NCAA Championships, twice in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and once in the indoor mile.
Conference medal winners have been named every year since the 1960-61 academic year. 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.