Four Trojans Earn Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarships

    Kevin Swick

    July 7, 2014

    LOS ANGELES - Autumn Altamirano (women's soccer), Michael Godbe (men's swimming), Ceilidh Meagher (women's lacrosse) and Kevin Swick (baseball) have been named recipients of Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year. The four Trojans, who hold a minimum 3.0 grade point average and have demonstrated a commitment to continuing education, campus and community involvement and leadership will each will be awarded with a $3,000 scholarship. A total of 48 different Pac-12 student-athletes will be bestowed the honor, conference commissioner Larry Scott recently announced.

    Autumn Altamirano, a captain for the Women of Troy side for two seasons, appeared in 95 career games, making 76 starts. She scored seven goals, while adding seven assists during her four-year career as a versatile, impact midfielder for Troy. The Tustin, Calif., native also excelled in the classroom for the Women of Troy, earning Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention honors each of the three seasons she was eligible for selection (2011-13).

    Michael Godbe, a middle distance freestyle swimmer for the Trojans, earned Pac-12 All-Academic first team honors in 2014 with a 3.81 GPA in political science. The selection is Godbe's third consecutive first team selection. Godbe competed in the 2013 Pac-12 Championships in the 500y free, 200y free and 200y fly.

    A member of USC's inaugural team, senior captain Ceilidh Meagher represents the Trojans' first-ever graduating lacrosse class. As a junior, Meagher started 11 and appeared in 17 of USC's 18 games. She had two goals and an assist to go with eight ground balls, nine draw controls, and five caused turnovers. In 2014, Meagher appeared in seven games and picked up an assist, four draw controls, and caused two turnovers. Meagher serves as a team captain for the Women of Troy and graduated with a degree in economics from the USC Dana and David Dornsife School of Letters, Arts, and Sciences this May. She will attend graduate school at Stockholm University in Sweden this fall.

    Kevin Swick became USC's first Capital One Academic All-American first teamer in baseball this past spring with a 3.83 GPA as a business administration major. The walk-on turned three-year starter finished second on the team in 2014 with a .299 batting average. He drove in 24 runs, while scoring a team-high 27. He started in 50 of the Trojans 53 games this spring, leading the team to their best record since 2005 (29-24 overall) and a fifth-place finish in Pac-12 play. Swick also earned the Male Trojan of the Year award in 2013 and 2014 for exemplifying all the qualities of Trojan. Swick capped off his stellar career as the 22nd round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox in the 2014 MLB First Year Player's Draft.

    The Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarships are awarded 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.

    • Have performed with distinction as a member of a varsity team.

    • 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.

    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.