BERKELEY – Former California offensive lineman Mark Brazinski was one of 48 Pac-12 student-athletes named recipients of Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year as announced by the conference on Thursday. Each scholarship of $3,000 goes 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 over $1.5 million for postgraduate study.
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.
Brazinski played in five of his 10 career games and made all four of his starts as a 2013 senior. Brazinski has accumulated a number of academic honors while at Cal as he earned a pair of bachelor’s degree from Cal’s prestigious Haas School of Business and in media studies in his first three years. He is now pursuing a master’s degree in information management systems. He was also a national semifinalist for the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy and a candidate for the National Football Foundation’s Scholar-Athlete Awards and Hampshire Honor Society.
In 1999, the Pac-12 Conference created a postgraduate scholarship program to honor outstanding student-athletes from its member institutions who also are outstanding scholars. Each Pac-12 institution selects four student-athlete recipients, two men and two women, through its institutional selection process.