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6/25/2013 10:16:00 AM
UP runner wins postgraduate scholarship
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Aiden Irish speaks at West Coast Conference awards ceremony.
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Aiden Irish speaks at West Coast Conference awards ceremony.

NAPA, Calif. — University of Portland cross country runner Aiden Irish was named the male postgraduate scholarship winner in the an annual West Coast Conference honor.  

To be eligible, a student-athlete must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25, demonstrate significant athletic contributions to his or her sport for a minimum of two years, and have a record of participation in campus or community activities. He or she also must submit a personal statement of intention to attend graduate or professional school for which this scholarship would be awarded.

Irish, from Duvall, Wash., becomes the seventh Pilot student-athlete to receive the scholarship since the program began nine years ago.  

Irish will be attending California State Polytechnic University in Pomona to obtain a master of science in regenerative studies. He graduated from UP with a 3.95 GPA, the highest cumulative GPA for any varsity athlete in the College of Arts and Sciences, with a major in political science and environmental ethics and policy. He also graduated with Maxima Cum Laude honors.

Irish was a member of the 2009 and 2012 WCC cross country champion teams and a member of the 2012 team that finished in 12th place at the NCAA Championships and second at the NCAA West Regionals.

He served as founder and co-president of Schools for Schools, which organizes educational and fundraising events for schools in Northern Uganda. He was an Oregon Food Bank volunteer, University of Portland Honors Program member and Debate Union member, and a volunteer coach for the Roosevelt High School speech and debate team.

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