June 25, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - Men's tennis standout Toki Sherbakov has been selected as a recipient of the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, the organization announced on Tuesday.
He is the third Aggie in the Div. I era to earn the scholarship, joining gymnast Katie Yamamura and women's tennis student-athlete Randi Schuler. As a Div. II school, UC Davis had the most NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winners in the nation and ranked No. 12 overall, including all levels.
The spring sports edition of the $7,500 scholarship, given to 29 male and 29 female student-athletes combined from the Div. I, Div. II and Div. III ranks, is an extremely competitive award based on based on academic achievement, athletic accomplishment, community service and leadership.
A statistics major and mathematics minor, Sherbakov graduated this spring with a 3.59 cumulative GPA. A first generation college student, Sherbakov's parents immigrated to the United States from the former Soviet Union in 1990.
After being accepted to many of the top biostatistics graduate programs in the nation - including Harvard and Michigan - Sherbakov accepted the Reshetko Family Scholarship for Public Health Service at UC Berkeley and will enroll at Cal in the fall. He will serve as a graduate student instructor and teaching assistant while working toward his Ph.D. He hopes to pursue a career in public health research, working on clinical trials of drugs and supplements needed to help end the malnourishment of children worldwide.
In addition to playing at No. 1 singles and doubles at UC Davis, Sherbakov worked on the Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame Committee and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, served as a math tutor, cooked Thanksgiving dinners for the homeless and made the dean's list. His performance on the piano along with women's tennis' Megan Heneghan singing, won the top duo performance at the 2012 Aggie Idol.
In the summer of 2012, Sherbakov was one of 24 undergraduate students from across the nation selected as a full scholarship recipient for an eight-week national biostatistics research training program at Boston University. That fall, Sherbakov served as the sole undergraduate researcher with Dr. Laurel Beckett of the Division of Biostatistics and Public Health Sciences in a randomized multi-arm clinical trial of zinc supplementation for a study on diet inadequacy in infants and toddlers using a dataset from Burkina Faso.