USC senior Alex Lendrum, an All-American swimmer the past two seasons and a 2013 Pac-12 relay title winner, has been awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship.
The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually — 87 for men and 87 for women. The $7,500 scholarships are awarded to student athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are at least in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. Each sports season (fall, winter and spring), there are 29 scholarships available for men and 29 scholarships available for women. The scholarships are one-time, nonrenewable grants.
Lendrum, a two-time USC swimming captain, was a 2012 and 2013 All-American who earned 2012 College Sports Information Directors of America’ Academic All-American second-team honors last year. The 2013 Pac-12 Swimming Scholar Athlete of the Year and a three-time Pac-12 All-Academic first-team selection, Lendrum helped lead USC to fourth place at this year’s NCAA Championships, the Trojans’ best finish since 2001.
At the Pac-12 competition in March, Lendrum was part of USC’s winning 800-yard free relay and also finished a career-best third in the 200-yard backstroke, marking the fourth straight year he reached the finals of the event.
At this year’s NCAA Championships, Lendrum helped the 800-yard free relay finish in third place in a school-record 6:15.94. He was also an NCAA finalist in the 200-yard backstroke as a junior in 2012.
Lendrum is USC’s 52nd NCAA postgraduate scholarship winner and its second in the last three years (men’s tennis player Jaak Põldma won the honor in 2011).