June 11, 2010
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Gonzaga University's Lori Conrad and University of Portland's Thomas Betterbed were selected as the recipients of the 2010 West Coast Conference Postgraduate Scholarships, as announced by WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich. Conrad becomes the third Gonzaga female student-athlete to earn the award, while Betterbed is the second consecutive male cross country runner from Portland to be selected as a WCC Postgraduate Scholar.
"The West Coast Conference is committed to celebrating the hard work and success of our student-athletes both in the classroom and in their sports," Zaninovich said. "It is the conference's honor to help Lori and Thomas take their education to the next level."
This is the seventh consecutive year that the WCC has awarded one male and one female student-athlete with a scholarship to assist with graduate school or professional school education. Candidates must own a minimum 3.5 GPA 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.
FEMALE POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT: Lori Conrad, Gonzaga University
Finance ~ 3.77 GPA ~ Soccer
Conrad was a four-year starter for the Gonzaga women's soccer team, where she primarily played as a midfielder and defender, and served as the team captain for two years. During her four seasons with the Zags, Conrad helped lead the team to a 39-33-8 overall record and its first ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2005. Conrad was a two-time All-WCC member, earning second team honors and all-freshman accolades in 2005 and honorable mention in 2008. In 2005, Conrad helped Gonzaga post a 0.76 goals against average, the lowest single-season GAA in program history.
While at Gonzaga, Conrad was also a four-year member (2006-present) of the President's List, earning a 3.77 GPA in Finance. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in the School of Business Administration and now attends the Gonzaga Graduate School of Business, where she currently holds a 3.85 GPA. She is expected to graduate from the MBA program with a concentration in Health Care Management in December 2010.
MALE POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT: Thomas Betterbed, University of Portland
Biology (double minor in Chemistry and Spanish) ~ 3.70 GPA ~ Cross Country
In his four years with the Pilots, Betterbed served as a two-time team captain and was named the 2006 WCC Freshman of the Year, a two-time All-WCC First Team member, a two-time All-West region member and a two-time WCC All-Academic selection. Betterbed also earned Academic All-American honors from the USTFCCCA in his senior season.
In the classroom, Betterbed earned Dean's List honors six times and was a three-time member of the Commissioner's Honor Roll (this year's list has yet to be released). He graduated with a major in Biology and a double-minor in Chemistry and Spanish, all while putting together an impressive 3.70 GPA.
Betterbed was also named the WCC Mike Gilleran Scholar-Athlete for his accomplishments in athletics, academics and community service. In addition to his athletic and academic success, Betterbed also volunteered at the Dental Village, a dental clinic for children from low-income families, the Legacy Emanuel Hospital Trauma Unit, and numerous Race for the Cure events. He was recently accepted to Oregon Health Sciences University, where he will begin his postgraduate education this Fall to earn a DMD (Doctor of Medical Dentistry).