June 11, 2007
SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- The West Coast Conference announced that University of Portland women's soccer player Kari Evans and Pepperdine University men's tennis player Richard Johnson have been named the fourth-annual WCC Postgraduate Scholarship award winners, as announced by Commissioner Michael Gilleran.
Evans is the second Portland women's soccer player to earn the WCC Postgraduate Scholarship in the four years since the honor was established, following former Pilot Imani Dorsey in 2004. She graduated from Portland in May with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology, and an outstanding 3.88 Grade Point Average (GPA). Evans was named to the WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll three times during her career on the Bluff, and was named an Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in both 2005 and 2006. An All-WCC honorable mention selection twice during her collegiate career, Evans led the Pilots to four NCAA Tournament appearances and an NCAA Championship following the 2005 season. A four-year member of UP's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Evans has donated her time to numerous charities, including the Ronald McDonald House and Project Feed, helping to deliver food to homeless shelters. Evans hopes to attend medical school in preparation for a career in pediatrics.
Johnson will graduate magna cum laude from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Biology in December 2007. Johnson's cumulative GPA is an impressive 3.736, and the Grand Junction, CO native has been named to the WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll three times during his career. Johnson was also selected to the WCC All-Academic Team for men's tennis in 2005 and 2006, and was recently named to Pepperdine's Dean's List for the fourth straight year. On the court, Johnson posted a 73-54 (.575) record in singles play and led Pepperdine to the NCAA Tournament in each of his four seasons, helping the Waves capture the program's first-ever NCAA Championship in 2006. Johnson has volunteered his time to several charities during his collegiate career, tutoring at several schools and helping raise funds for children with leukemia. He is just the second conference athlete to earn WCC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the WCC Postgradute Scholarship in the same year, following Portland's Dorsey in 2004.
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.