Larson, Phillips Receive Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarships

May 16, 2013

Gopher baseball athlete Troy Larson and women’s soccer player Allie Phillips have been announced as Minnesota’s recipients for the Big Ten Conference inaugural postgraduate scholarships.

Phillips, a Vadnais Heights, Minn. native, is majoring in Biology and has maintained an impressive overall GPA of 3.97 during her four years of undergraduate work. She has been rewarded for her work in the classroom, earning 2010 and 2011 Academic All-Big Ten recognition and was named 2011 and 2012 CoSIDA Academic All-District. She was also named a Capital One All-American at the end of the season. Phillips has been accepted into the University of Minnesota’s School of Veterinary Medicine where she plans to study with an emphasis in small animal care.

Phillips has been a key playmaker on the field during her tenure with the Gophers. Phillips made appearances in all 20 matches during the 2012-13 season, earning starting assignments in 15, to help the Maroon and Gold to an 11-7-2 overall record. She tallied four goals and eight assists for a total of 16 points. In the past four years she has totaled 10 goals, 12 assists, and 91 shots for the offensive attack.

Larson is the only Golden Gopher to play in all 47 baseball games this season. Entering the Illinois series with 13 runs batted in, Larson ranks fourth of the team with a .293 batting average and third on the team with 43 hits.

A starting outfielder for Minnesota, the Oakdale, Minn., native is known for his academic success. Named an Academic All-American last year, Larson also holds 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 has received multiple Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten accolades. Already accepted into medical school, Larson will benefit from the scholarship as he pursues his postgraduate career.



One male and one female student-athlete from each of the 12 Big Ten institutions who plan to continue their education at a graduate degree program were awarded a $7,500 scholarship, based primarily on academic achievements. Student-athletes must have been in their final season of NCAA eligibility, maintained at least a 3.2 grade-point-average, demonstrated leadership qualities, served as an excellent role model and intended to continue their academic work beyond their baccalaureate degree at a graduate degree program. 

The complete list of 2012-13 Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarship recipients can be found below.

Zach Becker, Football
Keri Eberhardt, Women’s Swimming & Diving

Ciersten Burks, Women’s Soccer
Michael McGee, Men’s Golf

Javier Balboa, Men’s Gymnastics
Sarah Drake, Field Hockey

Valerie Barthelemy, Women’s Swimming & Diving
Steve Wilson, Football

Michigan State
Kevin Jackson, Men’s Track & Field
Jordan Mueller, Women’s Soccer

Troy Larson, Baseball
Allie Phillips, Women’s Soccer

Conor McDermott, Football
Megan Southworth, Softball

Jarrett Baughman, Men’s Soccer
Kristin Scharkey, Softball

Ohio State
Alicia Herron, Softball
Max Stearns, Fencing

Penn State
Scott Rosenthal, Men’s Gymnastics
Lauren Yao, Softball

Lauren Gustafson, Women’s Swimming & Diving
Alec LaMothe, Men’s Swimming & Diving

Hanna Knurr, Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country
Cody Rissman, Men’s Rowing 


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