Four Bears Earn Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarships
BERKELEY – Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott has announced that Golden Bear student-athletes Isaac Howell (men’s swimming/rowing), Kyle Marsh (men’s soccer), Caitlin Leverenz (women’s swimming) and Robin Rostratter (volleyball) have been named recipients of Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarships for 2012-13.
Each scholarship of $3,000 goes to student-athletes with a minimum 3.0 GPA 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 over $1.5 million for postgraduate study.
Howell was a member of the 2011 and 2012 California men’s swimming national championship teams in addition to helping the Bears win their first Pac-12 title this season since 1981. A two-time individual national qualifier, Howell holds several all-time Top 10 performances as a Cal athlete. In 2012-13, he used his final year of eligibility to compete for the men’s crew team. A Political Economy major with a concentration in Economic Development, Howell is a three-time member of the Pac-12 All-Academic team.
Marsh carried a 3.3 GPA while majoring in Conservation and Resource Studies. With conservative biology, wildlife ecology and environmental health sciences focuses, Marsh plans to pursue a Ph.D to help study how to protect wildlife and the environment. He was a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic Team honoree and was awarded The Big C award in 2011 and 2012.
Leverenz started her Cal career in 2010 as a freshman by breaking the school record in the 400 IM at the Pac-10 championships and was subsequently named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. In 2011, she swam the breaststroke leg of the NCAA-champion leg of the 200-yard medley, which was an American and NCAA record, in addition to winning the 200 breaststroke at the Pac-10 championships. In 2012, she placed 2nd in the 400-yard IM at the 2012 NCAA’s, setting an American and School Record, after she won the 400-yard IM at the Pac-12 championships a few weeks earlier. During both of those years, she helped her team win the 2011 and 2012 national championship. In the 2012 Olympics in London, Leverenz won a bronze medal in the 200-meter IM and finished tied for 6th in the 400 IM. She was named Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention three years in a row and plans on earning a masters degree in Public Health before pursuing a doctorate in the field of Physical Therapy.
Rostratter carried a 3.82 GPA while double-majoring in Media Studies and Spanish. A two-time team captain, she earned All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention honors and set the program-record for most digs in a season with 571. She was ranked first in the Pac-12 in digs per set and helped the 2010 Golden Bears to an NCAA runner-up finish at the 2010 NCAA Tournament. An NCAA Elite 88 winner in 2010 – awarded to the volleyball palyer with the highest cumulative GPA out of all 88 championship sites – Rostratter plans to earn her MBA and attend Law School.
To be eligible for a Pac-12 postgraduate scholarship a student-athlete must have an overall 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, have performed with distinction as a member of the varsity team, intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time student in a graduate or professional program, and have behaved both on and off the field in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics.