June 3, 2013
CLEVELAND - The 2013 John McLendon Postgraduate Scholarship finalists have been announced by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), today.
The 11 finalists are Dominique Alexander, Ohio State; Charlotte Armstead, Norfolk State; William Baggett, Baylor; Dymond Bush, Hampton; Stacy Dally, Augustana; Jasmine Edwards, Rutgers; Christopher Jones, North Carolina Central; Faimie Kingsly, Denver; Oscar Ramirez Jr., Texas A&M; Tracie Sneed, Jacksonville; and Aron White, Georgia.
The above mentioned finalists names were forwarded to the John McLendon Memorial Minority Blue Ribbon Committee by the John McLendon Awards Selection Committee for final consideration. The Selection Committee consists of several respected minority athletics directors and administrators, including past McLendon scholarship recipients.
The John McLendon Memorial Minority Blue Ribbon Committee, who are responsible for selecting the recipients for the McLendon Scholarship include the following individuals: Troy Arthur, director of diversity and inclusion, NCAA; Alvin Attles, formerly of the Golden State Warriors and 2009 McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame inductee; Bart Byrd, associate athletics director for student-athlete services, Baylor University and 2013 N4A President; Charles Davis, lead color analyst, FOX Sports; Byron Daub, director of brand sponsorships, Capital One; Wayne Embry, senior basketball advisor to the president, Toronto Raptors and 2007 Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame inductee; Stan Johnson, executive director, MOAA; Joanna McLendon, McLendon fund administrator; Cory Moss, senior vice president and managing director, Collegiate Licensing Company - an IMG Company; Claire Van Ummersen, vice president, Office of Women in Higher Education; Gene Washington, former director of football development, NFL and 2009 Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame inductee; Bob Watson, former vice president of on-field operations, Major League Baseball and 2009 Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame inductee; and Bruce Wimbish, director of marketing and communications, Greater Columbus Sports Commission.
The winners will each receive a $10,000 scholarship to be used towards postgraduate studies in athletics administration. Funding for the scholarship program has been provided in part by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA); Capital One; the Cleveland Cavaliers; Major League Baseball (MLB); the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A); the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC); the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA); the National Basketball Association (NBA); the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA); and Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Minorities (as defined by federal guidelines) 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 3.2 on a 4.0 scale and have demonstrated leadership qualities on an institutional or community level.
About the John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Program: The John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Awards are presented to senior-level minority students who intend to pursue a graduate degree in athletics administration. If you have any questions regarding this program, please visit mclendonminorityfoundation.com.
About NACDA: NACDA, now in its 48th year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,500 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 2,300 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. For more information on NACDA and the 13 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.