STANFORD, Calif. – Four Stanford student-athletes were named recipients of Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year, as announced Thursday by Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott.
Noah Garcia (men’s diving), Sara James (women’s basketball), Kyle Meyer (wrestling) and Courtney Verloo (women’s soccer) each earned a $3,000 scholarship to continue academic work as a full-time student in a graduate or professional program.
To be eligible for the prestigious honor, student-athletes must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, be in their final year of undergraduate studies and exhausted athletics eligibility, performed with distinction as a member of a varsity team and been a positive representative on and off the field.
Garcia received a bachelor's degree in international relations and a master's in public policy at Stanford. He graduated with a 3.62 GPA and was a three-time Pac-12 All-Academic pick. He earned All-America accolades on the platform in 2013.
James wrapped a Stanford women’s basketball career in 2013-14 that included four Pac-12 titles and three appearances at the Final Four. Over her four years on The Farm James appeared in 126 contests, making 43 starts, scoring 2.9 points per game while being part of a Cardinal defense that set program records in 2012-13 by allowing opponents just 51.9 points per game and an overall field-goal percentage of 31.6.
James was named Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention in 2013-14, and in June received her bachelor’s degree in human biology. She is currently attending the School of Nursing at Columbia University, working towards becoming a nurse practitioner.
Meyer finished his career with a 51-38 overall record, capturing 26 of those wins as a senior in 2013-14. After finishing third at the Pac-12 Championships at 174 pounds, the Monett, Mo., native qualified for his first NCAA Championships. He helped the team to set a school record for wins in a season (17) by posting a 15-4 mark in duals and contributing 57.0 dual points.
Meyer is a three-time Pac-12 All-Academic selection and a NWCA Academic All-American. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology and will be pursuing a master's degree at the University of Tennessee.
A human biology major, Verloo earned NSCAA All-America third-team honors as a defender in 2010. She was a versatile player who starred in central defense as a sophomore, but successfully made the transition to forward as an upperclassmen. The Tualatin, Ore., native was a first-team All-Pac-12 and All-Pacific Region selection as a senior in 2013.
In 1999, the Pac-12 created a postgraduate scholarship program to honor outstanding student-athletes from its member institutions who are also outstanding scholars. Since the program began, the Pac-12 has awarded over $1.5 million for postgraduate study. The Pac-12 honored 48 student-athletes in 2013-14.