Matt Anderson Receives NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

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Matt Anderson and David Jessen have been awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships this week for their academic and athletic achievements.

NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winners receive a one-time grant of $10,000. To qualify, they must be in their final year of eligibility and plan to pursue graduate studies within the next year. In addition to maintaining at least a 3.2 grade-point average, candidates must perform with distinction in their sport and be nominated by their institutions faculty athletics representative.

A 2019 graduate of Stanford with a degree in human biology while maintaining a 3.63 GPA, Anderson is a six-time All-American and 13-time top-10 finisher at the Pac-12 Championships. Anderson served as team captain for the 2017-18 season and was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic first team in 2017, 2018 and 2019, adding CSCAA Academic All-America honors in 2017 and 2019. As a senior in 2019, he was named the Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year for men’s swimming and diving.

Throughout his four years on The Farm, Anderson was heavily involved in the movement to spread awareness about mental health. Anderson helped plan and organize the first annual GameFACES, a platform for Stanford student-athletes to share their stories about mental health. Anderson also served as co-president of Cardinal RHED, a group dedicated to improving the lives of student-athletes on topics of mental health prevention, wellness practices, body image and injury, from 2016-19.

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Matt Anderson. Photo Courtesy: Andy Ringgold / Aringo Photos

Matt Anderson served as Stanford’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) representative at a conference with the Pac-12 in 2018, which involved the development of leadership programs and conference legislation. A student ambassador and fundraising coordinator with the Movember Foundation during 2018-19, Anderson represented Stanford at the 2018 APPLE Conference, which was aimed at preventing substance abuse on Stanford’s campus.

In 2018, Anderson served on a student-athlete panel to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day, and was one of four current student-athletes to participate in a panel with the University’s Board of Trustees in 2019. Anderson has also participated in annual events such as Cardsgiving, a thanksgiving-theme outreach program to promote physical activity for children in the Palo Alto area, A, B, Trees, an event promoting literacy for under-privileged kids in the Bay Area and Reading Bonanza, an event in East Palo Alto promoting reading among youth.

Stanford’s overall total of NCAA postgraduate scholarship recipients is 175.

— The above press release was posted by Swimming World in conjunction with Stanford men’s swimming and diving. For press releases and advertising inquiries please contact Advertising@SwimmingWorld.com.

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