June 10, 2013
NAPA, Calif. --- The 2013 West Coast Conference Postgraduate Scholarship recipients were announced at the fourth annual WCC Honors Dinner, held last week in conjunction with the Executive Council and Presidents' Council meetings at the Napa Valley Marriott. Portland cross country runner Aiden Irish was named the male Postgraduate Scholarship winner, while Santa Clara basketball player Ashley Armstrong 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.
AIDEN IRISH, UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND
Aiden Irish will be attending California State Polytechnic University, Pomona to obtain a Master of Science in Regenerative Studies. He will be continuing an impressive academic career from the University of Portland where he graduated with a 3.95 GPA, the highest cumulative GPA for any varsity athlete in the College of Arts and Sciences, with a major in Political Science and Environmental Ethics and Policy. He also graduated with Maxima Cum Laude honors.
Irish was a Dean's List member throughout his entire academic career, a UP Presidential Scholarship recipient, and a 2011-13 U.S. Environment Protection Agency Greater Research Opportunities Undergraduate Research Fellowship Scholarship recipient.
Athletically, Irish was a member of the 2009 and 2012 WCC Cross Country Champion teams and a member of the 2012 team that finished in 12th place at the NCAA Championships and second at the NCAA West Regionals.
In the community, Irish served as Founder and Co-President of Schools for Schools, which organizes educational and fundraising events for schools in Northern Uganda. He was an Oregon Food Bank volunteer, University of Portland Honors Program member and Debate Union member, and a volunteer coach for the Roosevelt High School speech and debate team.
ASHLEY ARMSTRONG, SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY
Ashley Armstrong will be attending the University of Cambridge to pursue a Master's Degree in Development Studies. At Santa Clara, Armstrong majored in Anthropology with a minor in Economics and International Business. She graduated with a 3.9 GPA and was named the Valedictorian for Santa Clara University.
Armstrong was a four-time Dean's List member, four-time President's Gold Honor Roll member, two-time WCC All-Academic Team member, a 2012 Santa Clara University Rhodes Scholarship Candidate, and a 2012 Global Social Benefit Fellowship recipient (given by Center for Science, Technology, and Society to only 10 undergraduate students).
On the court, Armstrong served as the team captain of the Santa Clara women's basketball team and was one of her team's top five leading scorers and rebounders from 2010-2012. She was also a member of the eighth-seeded Santa Clara team that advanced to semifinals of the 2010 WCC Championships.
In addition to her academic and athletic accomplishments, Armstrong also co-founded Youth 2 Give Philanthropy Group. She served as an ESL Tutor for the Santa Clara Community Action Program, coached for the Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative (BAWSI), volunteered at Julian Street Homeless Shelter, and was a member of the Green Club and Santa Clara Entrepreneurs Organization.