April 8, 2000
John McLendon Memorial Postgraduate Scholarship Awarded To Morgan State University Student
CLEVELAND - The Cavs/Gund Arena Company and ESPN Regional Television have joined forces with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) to fund the John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship. The $15,000 scholarship will be awarded to Tiffany Nichole Pickens during the first-half timeout of the CAVS vs. Detroit game at Gund Arena on Saturday, April 8.
Ms. Pickens, a student at Morgan State University, is an All-American Collegiate Scholar, a member of the Golden Key Honor Society, a member of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and has been named to the National Dean's List.
The scholarship honors the late John McLendon, who was a pioneer for Aftican-American athletics administrators. A 1936 graduate of Kansas - who attended classes taught by basketball's inventor, Dr. James Naismith - McLendon won three NAIA national titles as the head basketball coach at Tennessee State. His career eventually moved to Cleveland where he became professional basketball's first black head coach. He took the reins of the ABL's Cleveland Pipers in 1962 and three years later he became head basketball coach at Cleveland State, McLendon died on October 8, 1999.
To qualify for scholarship consideration, candidates had to be a resident of northeast Ohio and have full-time status as a senior at the time of nomination. They were also required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale), be officially classified as a minority as defined by federal guidelines, have an intention to attend graduate school to earn a degree in athletics administration, and be involved on the college/university or community level.
Ms. Pickens serves as the president of the Morgan State Student-Athlete Advisory Board and is a member of the track and field and volleyball teams. She is also a volunteer for Race for the Cure for breast cancer awareness.