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Lauren Baker, Aramide Olaniyan, Erin Wenzel and Jacob Wood
Four Bruins Earn Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarships
By: UCLA Athletics
Four newly-graduated UCLA student-athletes - Lauren Baker (swimming & diving), Aramide Olaniyan (football), Erin Wenzel (rowing) and Jacob Wood (cross country/track & field) - have been awarded Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarships.

Each of the Pac-12's 48 postgraduate scholarships are worth $3,000 and go to student-athletes with a minimum 3.0 grade point average who have also demonstrated a commitment to continuing education, campus and community involvement, and leadership. Since the program began in 1999, the Pac-12 has awarded over $1.5 million for postgraduate study.

Baker, a distance freestyle/individual medley specialist from Tucson, Ariz., was a three-time Pac-12 All-Academic First Team selection, a two-time CSCAA Scholar All-America and a two-time CSCAA Honorable Mention All-America in the pool. Baker holds the school record in the 500 and 1650 Freestyle and is the Spieker Aquatics Center pool record holder in the 1000 Free. Baker was honored with the Athletic Director's Academic Excellence Award for making the Director's Honor Roll every quarter as a Bruin.

Olaniyan, a Political Science graduate from Bowie, Md., played for the Bruins from 2010-13 as a linebacker and on special teams. He earned Pac-12 All-Academic honors in 2011 and 2013 and was presented the UCLA Football Jack R. Robinson award for Highest Scholarship by a Senior this fall.

Wenzel was a four-year letterwinner on the women’s rowing team, competing for the varsity eight crew her final three seasons. Wenzel helped UCLA advance to NCAA Championships in each of her final three seasons as the Bruins posted team finishes of No. 8, No. 9 and No. 12, respectively, in consecutive years. Hailing from Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Wenzel was a three-time second-team selection on the Pac-12 Conference’s All-Academic Team.

Wood, an aerospace engineer major from San Diego, Calif., competed in two races for the Bruins during the 2013 cross country season and ran the 800m, 3,000m steeple and 10,000m races during the 2014 outdoor campaign. He was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic first team for cross country and earned the Athletic Director's Academic Excellence Award.

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