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West Coast Conference Awards 2014 Postgraduate Scholarships

June 10, 2014

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The 2014 West Coast Conference Postgraduate Scholarship recipients were announced at the fifth annual WCC Honors Dinner, held last week in conjunction with the Executive Council and Presidents' Council meetings at Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah. Santa Clara University cross country runner Benjamin Demaree was named the Male Postgraduate Scholarship winner, while Gonzaga University coxswain Naseeb Bhangal was named the Female Postgraduate Scholarship winner.

To be eligible for a WCC Postgraduate Scholarship, a student-athlete must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25, demonstrate significant athletic contributions to his or her sport for a minimum of two years, and have a record of participation in campus or community activities. He or she also must submit a personal statement of intention to attend graduate or professional school for which this scholarship would be awarded.

Benjamin Demaree graduated with a 3.88 GPA, majoring in Bioengineering with a minor in Mechanical Engineering. Demaree served as captain of his team, earned WCC Honorable Mention in 2010 and 2011, and was named the Santa Clara University Cross Country Newcomer of the Year in 2010.

A Santa Clara Provost Scholarship recipient, Demaree was named to the Dean's list three times and was a two-time WCC All-Academic First Team selection as a sophomore and junior.

A member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Society, Demaree was a math and engineering tutor and served as a research assistant in the Santa Clara Department of Bioengineering. A member of the Santa Clara Athletics Bronco Leadership group, Demaree is also member of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Naseeb Bhangal is a coxswain from Gonzaga University, who graduated with a 3.95 GPA in Political Science & Psychology. Bhangal participated in the 2013 NCAA Division I Rowing Championship and was a key contributor for her team all four years. This upcoming August, she will be attending Loyola University of Chicago in the Master's of Education program.

Athletically, Bhangal earned four varsity letters, spending the final two seasons at Gonzaga as the coxswain of the I Varsity Eight and helped the Bulldogs to the 2013 West Coast Conference Rowing Championship with a subsequent berth in the NCAA Championship.

Academically, Bhangal was named to the President's Lists (3.8 GPA or higher) at Gonzaga for seven consecutive semesters and was a three-time WCC All-Academic First Team selection. Bhangal capped her career when she was named Gonzaga's 2014 Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Bhangal has served the community as a mentor in the Comprehensive Leadership Program and spent three years on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. In addition to serving as a Gonzaga Admissions advisor, Bhangal served as a Resident Assistant.