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Durgan Wins WCC Post-Graduate Scholarship

June 8, 2006

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The West Coast Conference is proud to announce Pepperdine University's Keith Jarbo and Gonzaga University's Kari Durgan as the winners of the third-annual WCC Postgraduate Scholarship awards, as announced by Commissioner Michael Gilleran.

Durgan is no stranger to athletic and academic success. She is graduating from Gonzaga University with an amazing 3.82 Grade Point Average (GPA) with a double major in English and Political Science. The Vancouver, Wash. native was a three-time WCC All-Academic member and a three-time member of the Gonzaga University President's List. A four-year letterwinner and a three-year member of the Bulldogs' Varsity 8 women's crew team, Durgan led Gonzaga to three WCC Championships. Durgan earned All-WCC first team honors and All-Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) first team accolades in 2005 and 2006. Durgan will be attending UC Davis in the fall to obtain a PhD in English Literature.

Jarbo graduated from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Sports Medicine. Jarbo's cumulative GPA was an impressive 3.74. In 2006, Jarbo earned Pepperdine's Athletic Director's Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement and Community Service. In addition, Jarbo was selected to his third consecutive WCC All-Academic team and was named to the Dean's List for the fourth straight year. Jarbo, who was elected team captain for the 2005-06 season by his teammates, played in 83 games, starting 13 of them, earning three varsity letters while at Pepperdine. The Burbank, Calif. native has been accepted to the medical schools at UCLA, USC, UCSF, and UC Irvine.

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.