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Fresno Pacific’s scholar-athlete program to attract local talent

Fresno Pacific University is offering a $200,000 to student-athletes through the Gregory Family Athletic Honors Scholarship.

The Gregory scholarship was created by Don and Karen Gregory to attract top scholar athletes that might otherwise venture outside the Central Valley. A Fresno native, Don Gregory is a Fresno cardiologist who was a track and cross country athlete at Fresno Pacific, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1975. Karen Gregory, a registered nurse, devotes her time to family, church and community.

The first group of Gregory scholars are: Courtney Moore, a junior from Hanford majoring in studio art and communication; Jake Russo, a freshman from Clovis majoring in math who plans to be a teacher and coach; Leah Rife-Dupuy, a junior from San Luis Obispo majoring in kinesiology who plans to be an occupational therapist; and Alex Torres, a freshman from Kingsburg majoring in kinesiology who plans to be a physical therapist.

Starting in fall of 2016, the next group of five student-athletes will each get $10,000 a year scholarships, renewable for four years, in addition to all other aid for which they may qualify.

Megan Ginise: 559-441-6614