March 29, 2000
Finalists for the Seventh Annual Sears Directors' Cup Postgraduate Scholarship Awards Announced
CLEVELAND -- Forty-five finalists for the seventh annual Sears Directors' Cup Postgraduate Scholarship Awards were announced today by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and Sears, Roebuck and Co.
There are 15 finalists from the NCAA Division I and 10 finalists each from the NCAA Division II, Division III and the NAIA. They will now be reviewed by the Finalist Committees, which will select the final four winners per division (16 total) who will each receive a $5,000 grant to be used toward postgraduate studies. In addition, a fifth $5,000 scholarship per division will be awarded to a student from each of the four institutions (one per division) that win the 1999-2000 Sears Directors' Cup trophies. Sears funds the annual total of $100,000 in scholarships.
The winners will receive their awards at NACDA's 35th annual Convention, June 11-14 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida. The NACDA Scholarship Awards Luncheon, presented by Sears, will take place on Tuesday, June 13.
Members of the athletics support staff are eligible for these prestigious scholarships. This includes students from the categories of academic support, band members, equipment room managers, facility managers, sports information assistants, student coaches and trainers. Students were required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, have senior status, have demonstrated leadership qualities on an institutional or community level and have played an active role in one of the support categories.
The 15 Sears Directors' Cup Division I Postgraduate finalists are:
Finalists from Division II include:
Division III finalists are:
Finalists from the NAIA are:
Members of the Sears Directors' Cup Committee were responsible for selecting the finalists. Completing this task were Lee McElroy, chair, director of athletics, American University; Chuck Bell, director of athletics, San Jose State University; Linda Bruno, commissioner, Atlantic 10 Conference; Barbara Camp, associate director of athletics, Auburn University; Charlie Cavagnaro, director of athletics, University of Nevada-Las Vegas; Mark Cohen, executive vice president/marketing, Sears, Roebuck and Co.; Joan Cronan, director of women's athletics, University of Tennessee; Tony DeCarlo, director of athletics, John Carroll University; Art Eason, director of athletics, William Paterson College; Greg Feris, director of athletics, Wayland Baptist University; Jim Host, chief executive officer, Host Communications; Jerry Hughes, director of athletics, Central Missouri State University; Betty Kruczek, retired director of athletics, Fitchburg State College; Beth Miller, associate director of athletics, University of North Carolina; Porter Miller, director of athletics, Earlham College; Howard Patterson, director of athletics, University of the Incarnate Word; Ron Prettyman, director of athletics, Cal State-Dominguez Hills; Phil Roach, director of athletics, Rollins College; David Stair, director of athletics, Evangel University; Betsy Stephenson, senior associate director of athletics, UCLA; Judy Sweet, retired director of athletics, University of California-San Diego; Pat Thomas, associate director of athletics; Georgetown University; Dick Young, director of athletics, Lynn University.
The Sears commitment to collegiate athletics stems from its sponsorship of the Sears Collegiate Champions Program, which includes the Sears Directors' Cup Program, administered by NACDA. The Sears Directors' Cup Award, developed as a joint effort between NACDA and USA Today, honors the "all-sports" champion in each of the NCAA's three divisions -- I, II and III -- and the NAIA, and includes both men and women's sports. To determine the champion, points are awarded based on each institution's finish in a predetermined number of sports. Previous winners have included -- Division I -- University of North Carolina (1994) and Stanford University (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999); Division II -- University of California-Davis (1996, 1997), California State University-Bakersfield (1998) and Adams State College (1999); Division III -- Williams College (Mass.) (1996, 1997, 1999) and the University of California-San Diego (1998); and NAIA -- Pacific Lutheran University (Wash.) (1996) and Simon Fraser University (BC, Canada) (1997, 1998, 1999).