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Three Tritons Receive NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships
Release: Wednesday 07/20/2016 
by UCSD

INDIANAPOLIS - UC San Diego four-year letter winners Chase Cockerill, Drew Dickinson and Courtney Miller have each been awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for the 2016 fall, winter and spring seasons, respectively.

Cockerill, a men's water polo All-American from Woodland Hills and Agoura High School, helped lead 10th-ranked UCSD to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. He finished his career with 126 goals, 109 assists and 150 steals. A political science major with minors in business and law and society at UCSD's Warren College, Cockerill graduated with a 3.68 GPA. He currently works as an IT recruiter with San Diego firm, Insight Global, and hopes to attend law school in the near future.

A member of UC San Diego's fencing team, Dickinson was one of four Tritons to qualify for the National Collegiate Championships, where he placed 23rd in sabre. Dickinson, who hails from El Dorado Hills and Oak Ridge High School, majored in biochemistry/cell biology at Warren College and leaves UCSD with a 3.89 GPA. He will soon be starting as an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion intern in UC San Diego's Intercollegiate Athletics Department. He is studying for a master's degree in public health and will aim for a PhD in immunology and infectious disease.

Miller, an All-American goalkeeper on the women's water polo team, was instrumental in helping the Tritons earn a berth in the NCAA Championship during each of her four years. She concluded her career with 1,465 saves, the most in school history. A Honolulu, Hawaii, native, Miller graduated with a 3.78 GPA and a degree in cognitive science from Warren College. She is striving to work as a scribe in an emergency room and is planning to take an EMT course at her local community college. Ultimately, Miller would like to become a physician's assistant.

The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually. The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically, and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. The one-time, non-renewable scholarships of $7,500 are awarded three times a year for use in an accredited graduate program.

Including Cockerill, Dickinson and Miller, 32 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships.

NCAA POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP MISSION STATEMENT
The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship was created in 1964 to promote and encourage postgraduate education by rewarding the Association's most accomplished student-athletes through their participation in NCAA championship and/or emerging sports. Athletics and academic achievements, campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership are evaluated. An equitable approach is employed in reviewing an applicant's nomination form to provide all student-athlete nominees an opportunity to receive the postgraduate award, regardless of sport, division, gender or race. In maintaining the highest broad-based standards in the selection process, the program aims to reward those individuals whose dedication and effort are reflective of those characteristics necessary to succeed and thrive through postgraduate study.

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