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May 22, 2001

Winners for the Second Annual John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Awards Announced

CLEVELAND -- The five winners for the second annual John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Awards were announced today by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).

The winners will each receive a $10,000 grant to be used toward postgraduate studies in athletics administration. Funding for the scholarship program has been provided by adidas America; the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA); the Eddie Robinson Foundation; Host Communications; International Management Group (IMG); Mellon Private Asset Management; National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC); National Athletic Steering Committee (NASC); National Basketball Association (NBA); Sears, Roebuck and Co.; Sports Media Association of Cleveland and Ohio (SMACO); the 8th Ward Regular Democratic Organization of Chicago; and NACDA.

The winners will receive their awards at NACDA's 36th Annual Convention, June 10-13 at the Little and Grand America Hotels in Salt Lake City, Utah. The NACDA Scholarship Awards Luncheon, presented by Sears, will take place on Tuesday, June 12. Leslie Gudel of ABC Sports will serve as emcee.

Minorities who intend to pursue a postgraduate degree in athletics administration are eligible for these scholarships. Students were required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, have senior status and have demonstrated leadership qualities on an institutional or community level.

The winners are:

Student Institution Major GPA
Adebola Bamiduro Barnard College Political Science 3.27
Harvey Davis St. Mary's College (Md.) Economics 3.80
Martin Jarmond U. of North Carolina-Wilmington Communication Studies 3.56
Cobey Shoji University of Michigan Sports Management/Comm. 3.60
Hajj Turner University of Louisville Pan African Studies 3.73

Members of the John McLendon Memorial Minority Blue Ribbon Committee were responsible for selecting the finalists. Completing this task were Billye Alexander, senior vice president of communications, Sears, Roebuck and Co.; Daniel Boggan, senior vice president, NCAA; Greg Gumbel, CBS Sports; Wayne Embry, chief executive officer - retired, Cleveland Cavaliers; Curt Hamakawa, Director of Athlete Support, U.S. Olympic Committee; Jim Host, chief executive officer, Host Communications; Tom Mercer, director of team sales, adidas America; Robin Roberts, ESPN/ABC Sports; Grant Teaff, executive director, American Football Coaches Association; Isiah Thomas, Indiana Pacers; Claire Van Ummerson, president, Cleveland State University; Gene Washington, director of football development, NFL; and Charles Whitcomb, professor of recreation/leisure studies, San Jose State University.

John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients

Adebola Bamiduro, Barnard College, Division I
Adebola Bamiduro earned a 3.27 GPA in political science while attending Barnard College. A Dean's List recipient, she competed in lacrosse for four years and field hockey for a season. She was the lacrosse team captain this spring. Bamiduro was the Ivy Group Student-Athlete Advisory Council League Representative to the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She served the national committee as vice chair and chair. Bamiduro interned at the United States Mission to the United Nations and the NBA. She was a member of the Barnard Captain's Council, was an admissions representative and was a participant on the admissions' panel. Bamiduro was chosen to be the emcee for the 2001 Cristina Teuscher Dinner, an inaugural banquet in honor of the school's new Women's Intercollegiate Sports Endowment. She plans to seek employment before pursuing her master's degree.

Harvey Davis, St. Mary's College (Md.), Division III
A four-year starter on the men's basketball team, Harvey Davis carried a 3.80 GPA in economics at St. Mary's College (Md.). Earning Dean's List honors every semester, Davis was also a St. Mary's Scholar as a junior and senior. He was a member the of Omicron Delta Kappa and Omicron Delta Epsilon honor societies and was named to Who's Who Among American College and University Students. On the basketball court, Davis earned academic All-Conference honors four times, was named All-Conference First Team and was voted team MVP. He was a member of the Marketing and Economics Club, the Student-Athlete Advisory Board and the Black Student Union. Davis also was a mentor for the Multicultural Achievement Peer Program, aiding minority students in their transition from high school to college. He plans to work in sports marketing for two years before pursuing his master's degree.

Marty Jarmond, University of North Carolina-Wilmington, Division I
Marty Jarmond carried a 3.56 GPA in communication studies from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and minored in leadership studies. A walk-on to the men's basketball team, he earned four varsity letters, was appointed co-captain his junior and senior seasons and received the Coach's Award twice. Rewarded with a full academic scholarship for his undergraduate studies, Jarmond was named to the Dean's List every semester and was honored with academic All-Conference accolades. Jarmond also worked at David Jones Investments/Pawn U.S.A. and was a public relations intern at the U.S. Department of Interior. He was president of Kappa Alpha Psi, a community service fraternity; volunteered at local elementary schools; was a member of the Hurricane Relief Team; and was a student orientation leader on campus.

Cobey Shoji, University of Michigan, Division I
A sports management and communications major, Cobey Shoji earned a 3.60 GPA at the University of Michigan and was a member of the women's volleyball team. She was a Dean's List recipient and member of the Golden Key National Honor Society. She interned for KHNL NBC News 8 Hawaii, where she worked in the sports department, at the assignment desk and also assisted reporters with various duties. Shoji interned for Michigan athletics media relations, where she assisted the sports information staff for women's track and field, volleyball, gymnastics, football and basketball. She worked with the City and County of Honolulu Parks and Recreation, instructed soccer and volleyball at the Punahou Summer Sports School and volunteered at University of Hawaii Wahine Volleyball Camps. Shoji plans to seek employment in sports management before pursuing her graduate degree.

Hajj Turner, University of Louisville, Division I
Hajj Turner carried a 3.73 GPA in Pan African studies at the University of Louisville. Suffering three torn anterior cruciate ligaments, Turner battled back to participate in basketball his senior year. He combated his injuries by excelling in the classroom and being named to the Dean's List, Athletics Director's Honor Roll, Commissioner's Honor Roll and earning the Commissioner's Medal. A Dean's Scholar and Red and Black Scholar-Athlete at Louisville, Turner also was a member of Higher Education 2000, the Golden Key National Honor Society and the Pan African Studies Honor Society. He was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Board, a panelist for Student-Athlete Orientation and a volunteer for the Minority Recruitment Program. The Arthur Ashe, Jr., Sports Scholar Award recipient contributed his time with community activities such as the Read-In Program for children, the Heart Walk for the fight against heart disease, the African American Expo and Cards-Care for sick children and adults.

Contact: Laurie Garrison
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