Two Cardinal athletes receive NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships

Anderson, Jessen receive prestigious grants. (Courtesy Stanford Athletics)

MATT ANDERSON and DAVID JESSEN have been awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships 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 institution’s faculty athletics representative.

A 2019 graduate of Stanford with a degree in human biology while maintaining a 3.63 GPA, swimmer 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.

Jessen was a finalist for the 2020 Nissen-Emery Award, presented annually to the top senior gymnast in the nation. A 2019 All-American on high bar after registering a 13.930 to place fourth at the NCAA championship, Jessen helped guide the Cardinal to the 2019 NCAA title. Internationally, Jessen is a member of the Czech National Team and competed in the all-around at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where he placed 35th overall on high bar. A four-time Czech National Champion, he has a pommel horse skill (The Jessen) listed in the Code of Points after successfully performing the skill at the 2019 Apparatus World Cup in Doha, Qatar.

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

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