July 24, 2013
University of Minnesota baseball senior Troy Larson has received a NCAA postgraduate scholarship, announced today by the organization. Larson, who will be entering medical school this fall, completed his Golden Gopher in the spring of 2013.
Larson is one of 29 males and 29 female student-athletes to receive this scholarship following the completion of the spring sports. Receiving $7,500, similar awards are given each season to fall and winter student-athletes, totaling 174 individual winners.
To qualify, student-athletes must excel academically and athletically, be in their final year of eligibility and plan to pursue graduate study. Student-athletes must also maintain at least a 3.2 grade-point average and be nominated by their institution’s faculty athletics representative. Created in 1964, the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships promote and encourage education by rewarding the Association’s most accomplished student-athletes.
A two-time Academic All-American, Larson was the only Golden Gopher to play in all 54 games this season and hit .304, ranking second on the team. In 168 at bats, he had 24 runs scored, 14 RBI and a fielding percentage of .991 his senior season. With his six hits in the Big Ten Tournament, Larson received his first All-Tournament honors. A starting outfielder for Minnesota, the Oakdale, Minn., native is known for his academic success. Larson held one of the best grade point averages in the entire Minnesota athletic student body (3.954). Double majoring in genetics/cell biology and biochemistry, Larson received multiple Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten accolades. Already accepted into medical school, Larson was awarded Minnesota's Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarship Award earlier this year.
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