Four @SunDevils Awarded @Pac12 Postgraduate Scholarships

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By Kathryn Roberts
ASU Athletics Assistant Media Relations Director-Volleyball, Sand Volleyball, T&F/XC, Wrestling

SAN FRANCISCO—Four Arizona State University student-athletes were named recipients of the Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarships, Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott announced on Thursday.

The 2014-15 scholarship recipients are wrestling’s Chace Eskam, men’s swimming’s Zac Dalby, women’s basketball’s Isidora Purkovic, and softball’s Haley Steele.

Each scholarship of $3,000 go to student-athletes with a minimum 3.0 grade point average who have also demonstrated a commitment to continuing education, campus and community involvement and leadership. Since the program began in 1999, the Pac-12 has awarded more than $1.5 million for postgraduate study.

Eskam, the 2015 Pac-12 Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year, majored in psychology with a minor in sociology. During the 2014-15 season, Eskam was ASU’s starter at heavyweight, finishing the year with a 17-14 record with a 4-1 mark in Pac-12 dual bouts. A two-time Pac-12 All-Academic first-teamer, Eskam finished as the conference runner-up in his weight class.

Dalby, who hails from Alice Springs, Australia, was a two-time Pac-12 finalist in the 200 IM (2013 & 2014), and swam a personal best in that event, 1:47.49, at the 2015 Pac-12 Championships this past March in Federal Way, Wash.

Purkovic, who earned her undergraduate degree in accounting, played in 49 career games for the Sun Devils and connected on 42 percent of her 3-pointers over her three-year career. She was a member of Sun Devil squads that qualified for NCAA Tournament each of the last two seasons (second round in 2014 and third round in 2015). The 2015 team won 29 games, which represented the second-highest, single-season win total in school history.

Steele earned her first Pac-12 First-Team nod this season on the heels of one of the most prolific RBI campaigns in ASU history. The senior crushed her previous single season best (51) with 69 this season, good third in ASU single season history and five shy of the school record.  She finished with a .330 average on the year with 13 round-trippers and 13 doubles. Steele finished her career at ASU third in total RBI (209), fifth in homers (48), tied for 10th in hits (234) and fourth in doubles (49). Additionally, Steele earned Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention accolades for the third consecutive season.  She finished her career as a three-time All-Pac-12 selection and a two-time NFCA All-Region choice.

To be selected for a Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarship, a student-athlete must:

  • Have an overall undergraduate minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 (based on a 4.00 scale) or its equivalent.
  • Be in his/her final season of intercollegiate athletics eligibility in all sports OR be in his/her final year of undergraduate studies, having exhausted athletics eligibility in all sports. The student-athlete will be evaluated on the basis of all academic work completed at time of selection.
  • Have performed with distinction as a member of a varsity team. The degree of the student-athlete’s athletic achievement will be weighed at least equally with the degree of academic performance.
  • Intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time student in a graduate or professional program at an accredited institution, or in a postgraduate program for which an undergraduate degree is required for admission.
  • Have behaved, both on and off the field, in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics.

Kathryn Roberts

Assistant Media Relations Director-Volleyball, Sand Volleyball, T&F/XC, Wrestling

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