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2012-13 John McLendon Postgraduate Scholarship Winners Announced

July 26, 2013

CLEVELAND - The six winners for the 14th annual John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Awards were announced today by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation.

The winners are:

Student Undergraduate Institution Undergraduate Major
William Baggett University of Mississippi Exercise Science
Dymond Bush Hampton University Sports Management
Jasmine Edwards Rutgers University Exercise Science Sport Studies
Christopher Jones North Carolina Central University Physical Education
Faimie Kingsley University of Denver Marketing
Tracie Sneed  Jacksonville University  Sociology 

In the spring of 2012, Capital One partnered with the McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation to endow one of the six $10,000 scholarships being presented. This year’s Capital One McLendon Scholarship winner is Dymond Bush of Hampton University.

"Capital One is delighted to award this scholarship to Dymond Bush," said Byron Daub, senior director of sponsorships for Capital One. "Through her academic and community achievements, Dymond represents the great potential of this year's graduating class."

In addition to Capital One, the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletes (N4A) has endowed one of the $10,000 scholarships as well, to aid in the education of future athletics academic advisors. N4A is proud to announce that they are honoring Jasmine Edwards as their selection for this year’s McLendon Scholarship recipient.  Jasmine is a very dedicated young professional that was a former soccer student-athlete at Rutgers University. 

“Jasmine has a passion for academic advising and has decided to further her education at Rutgers.  I am very honored to award this scholarship to Jasmine to help her enter our profession as an academic advisor,” said Bart Byrd, immediate N4A Past President and Associate AD for Student-Athlete Services at Baylor University.  “Her potential in athletics administration is heavily influenced from her father being an athletic director, and I believe that she has the ability to make great contributions to our profession in the near future.”

The winners will each receive a $10,000 grant 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); the Cleveland Cavaliers; Major League Baseball (MLB); 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.

Biographies on each of the winners and more information about the McLendon Scholarship Award can be found below.

About the John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Program: The John McLendon 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 www.mclendonminorityfoundation.com.

About NACDA: NACDA, now in its 49th 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.

William Baggett attended the University of Mississippi where he earned his undergraduate degree in exercise science, with a minor in psychology. While at Ole Miss, Baggett earned the 2012 Celebration of Achievement Award from the Department of Multicultural Affairs and was also a member of the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, Sigma Alpha Lambda Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. With a background in strength and conditioning, Baggett was admitted to the Baylor University department of health, human performance and recreation graduate program in 2012, and was awarded the first graduate assistantship at the American Football Coaches Association since 2004.  Baggett hopes to complete a Master in Education from Baylor in 2014. The Oxford, Mississippi native is a 2013 Baylor University Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society Nominee. He, along with three other students, were selected to represent Baylor at the fifth annual College Sport Research Institute Conference. He is also an intern for the Bears’ Football Operations team.

Dymond Bush, the 2013 Capital One McLendon Scholarship winner, attended Hampton University where she earned an undergraduate degree in sports management. At Hampton, Bush served as vice president of the women’s senate, was a member of the NAACP, and mentored girls at a middle school in Newport News, VA. She was a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society and received departmental and special recognition awards from the Hampton University Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department. She also served as an intern and program assistant for the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, where she helped plan for the 2013 National Girls and Women in Sport Day (NGSWD), which included lobbying on Capitol Hill for bills related to health and physical education. Bush also held an intern position with the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Bush plans to attend graduate school to earn her master’s degree in sports administration.

Jasmine Edwards, this year’s N4A McLendon scholarship winner, earned her undergraduate degree at Rutgers University, where she was an exercise science sport studies – sport management major and psychology minor, and a member of the Scarlet Knights soccer team. As a member of the women’s soccer team, she was recognized for her academic accomplishments by the Big East Conference as a member of the Academic All-Star squad during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years. Edwards was also a team representative on SAAC, and was a committed community service volunteer.  With hopes of becoming an academic advisor for student-athletes, Edwards has worked as a supplemental instructor and study hall monitor for academic support services for student-athletes and served as a teaching assistant at a local day care facility. She was recently accepted into the Rutgers Student Affairs graduate program, where she will continue her education and continue to serve student-athletes.

Christopher Jones earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from North Carolina Central University (NCCU), and is currently enrolled in NCCU’s athletics administration graduate program.  As a graduate assistant in development/marketing at NCCU, Jones assists in all fundraising efforts, as well as developing, implementing and administering strategies to enhance the donor base and increase overall Eagle Club membership totals. He also spent time working for the Carolina Chargers semi-professional football team. Jones is very active in the Durham community, volunteering with the Healthy Start Academy, as well as a number of other local elementary schools. He is also an active member of World Overcomers Christian Church and the alumni chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, serving on the fundraising committee. Once Jones finishes his master’s degree, he hopes to pursue work in the field of athletics administration and eventually obtain his doctoral degree.

Faimie Kingsley attended the University of Denver where she earned a marketing degree with a minor in communications. As a member of the volleyball team, Kingsley was twice named to the Sun Belt Conference Commissioner’s list, and was named a top 30 nominee for the Senior CLASS Award in 2012.  She was a 2012 team captain and named the team’s most valuable player in 2011. Kingsley was also an executive board member of Denver’s SAAC, also serving as a university representative for the Sun Belt Conference and Western Athletic Conference SAAC. She was also elected secretary of the intercollegiate athletics, undergraduate student-government. Active in the community, Kingsley volunteered four years to the inspiring young minds organization. The Bronx, New York native plans to play volleyball overseas for a few years before attending graduate school in sports management.

Tracie Sneed
graduated from Jacksonville University with a degree in sociology, and a minor in management, while participating on the women’s basketball team. She earned 2011-12 Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic Honors. In addition to being a full-time student-athlete, Sneed shows dedication to her family, caring for her two-year old daughter, as well as her 90 year old grandmother. Sneed plans to immediately pursue a graduate degree in athletics administration.