WALNUT CREEK, Calif.— Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott announced the 48 Pac-12 student-athletes who have been named recipients of the Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarships, four of which hail from Arizona State University.
The Arizona State Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarship winners are track and field and cross country’s Garrett Baker-Slama, baseball’s Joshua McAlister, softball’s Bailey Wigness, and women’s soccer’s Jasmine Roth.
The $3,000 awards 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 over $1.5 million for postgraduate study.
A student of Barrett, the Honors College, Baker-Slama rounded out his career by being named to the Pac-12 Track and Field All-Academic First Team, and was also a three-time selection to the Pac-12 Cross Country All-Academic First Team. Baker-Slama, a native of Tempe, ends his Sun Devil career with the No. 7 time in the 3,000m Steeplechase in program history at 8:51.34, which he ran during the 2013 campaign.
This season, Baker-Slama scored a point for the Sun Devils at the Pac-12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 3000m steeplechase, and also competed in his signature event at the NCAA West Preliminary meet in Fayetteville, Ark.
Josh McAlister was a four-time Scholar Baller honoree and 2013 First-Team Pac-12 All-Academic honoree. He appeared in 28 games in his career with a 1.89 career ERA and a .232 opposing batting average. McCalister, who earned his degree in accounting in the fall of 2013, did not allow an earned run in his final six appearances of the 2014 season. He would go on to be named the team’s recipient of the Tillman Award at the end of the season.
As a junior in 2013, he led the team with a 0.89 ERA and allowed just two earned runs in 20.1 innings. He also established career marks in innings pitched, appearances, strikeouts and opposing batting average.
The 2013 NCAA Division I Softball Elite 89 Award winner, Wigness was a four-year letterwinner for the ASU softball team and member of the 2011 NCAA Championship team. A native of Casa Grande, Ariz., Wigness is a three-time Capital One Academic First Team All-American.
In 2014, Wigness led the Sun Devils with 13 steals and finished the year with a .338 batting average, third-best on the team, earning her honorable mention Pac-12 honors. With a 4.00 GPA in political science and communications, Wigness was also named to the Pac-12 All-Academic First Team.
A four-year starting defender for the Sun Devils, Roth was named the team’s defensive most valuable player in 2012 and started 76 out of 78 career games from 2010-13. She was instrumental in helping ASU reach the NCAA tournament two of her fours years on campus.
In 2013, Roth was one of ASU’s key contributors on a Sun Devil back line that posted the team’s best goals against average (1.31) since the 2009 squad that gave up 1.20 goals per game The Sun Devils allowed one or fewer goals 12 times in 2013, including seven shutouts. Among the seven shutouts was ASU’s historic 1-0 win at (then) unbeaten and second-ranked Stanford on Oct. 6, which ended the Cardinal’s 73-game unbeaten streak at home and its 44-game winning streak in conference games.
She was named to the Pac-12’s All-Academic First Team three times and concluded her career in being named a Second-Team Academic All-American and was the Pac-12’s Women’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
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.