June 4, 2009
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The West Coast Conference is proud to announce University of Portland's David Kinsella And Santa Clara University's Elizabeth Doran as the winners of the sixth annual WCC Postgraduate Scholarship awards, as announced by WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich.
"The West Coast Conference is committed to supporting our student-athletes who want to pursue postgraduate education," said Zaninovich. "I feel honored to recognize David and Elizabeth as WCC Postgraduate Scholars and know they will continue to represent the ideals of the WCC."
Committed to promoting the educational experience and academic achievements of its student-athletes, the WCC provides one male and one female student-athlete with a scholarship to assist them in their graduate school or professional school education. Candidates must own a minimum 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale, demonstrate a significant athletic contribution on the varsity athletic level in a WCC sponsored sport and participate in a WCC sport for a minimum of two years. In addition, candidates must have a record of participating in campus or community activities, completed their athletic eligibility, and competed in intercollegiate athletics in the academic year in which they are nominated.
Kinsella has been a proven leader both on and off the field. He graduated from the University of Portland with a 3.96 GPA with a major in Biology and a minor in Economics and Philosophy. The Redmond, Wash. native made the Dean's List all four years as a Pilot and was an Academic All-American in 2007 and 2008 in the sport of cross country. In addition, he is a four-time recipient of the 4.0 Semester GPA Award and was awarded WCC West Regional All-Academic honors three different years. The 2007 University of Portland Male Student-Athlete of the Year, Kinsella was awarded WCC Cross Country Athlete of the Month each year he competed for the Pilots. The two-time All-American experienced tremendous success this season as he won this year's WCC Cross Country Championships and placed fourth at this year's NCAA Championships, setting a new school record for best finish. Kinsella will be attending Law School at Stanford University this Fall.
Doran, a native of Corvallis, Ore. currently has a 3.93 GPA in Bio-Engineering with a minor in Spanish Studies and will be graduating this month with Summa Cum Laude honors. Among her academic achievements, she was a two time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII First Team member, Division I-AAA Basketball Scholar Athlete, and WCC All-Academic Team member. In addition in 2007, she was awarded the Carl H. Hayn Physics Prize, given to the most outstanding student in the sequence Physics for Scientists and Engineers I, II, and III as selected by the faculty who teach the sequence. She has also committed many hours to community service, including being a volunteer teacher at the Gardner Academy Elementary, the Special Olympics, and at Skills Plus, a stroke victim rehabilitation center. On the court, she experienced much success from beyond the arc as she finished in the top five in the WCC in 3PT FG made, while leading the team her junior and senior years. Her 62 three-pointers this year places her eighth on the Broncos' all-time single season list. In addition, she was in the top 10 in the WCC in 3PT FG% and top 25 in scoring her last two years. Next year, she will be attending the University of Idaho and will be working towards a PhD in Neuroscience.