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2011 John McLendon Postgraduate Scholarship Winners Announced

Aug. 18, 2011

CLEVELAND - The five winners for the 12th 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
Eric Bailey University of Oklahoma Sociology
Desron Dorset Rutgers University Sport Administration
Katherine Hyland Brown University History
Simone Jackson University of Texas at Dallas Accounting & Information Management
Sherraine Pencil San Diego State University Sociology & Political Science

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 3.0 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 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 47th 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 12 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.

Eric BaileyEric Bailey attended the University of Oklahoma (OU) where he earned an undergraduate degree in sociology. As a member and captain of the Sooners track and field team, Bailey was a five-time Sooner Scholar and a four-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection. He was also a two-time first team Academic All-Big 12 honoree and a two-time All-Academic honoree from the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. He was also a team representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and was the Prentice Gautt Award winner. Aside from athletics, Bailey served as a freshman/transfer student-athlete orientation group leader, was a member of Alpha Kappa Delta Honors Society and was an active participant in the 2010 OU Student Life White Ribbon Campaign against sexual assault. He was recently accepted into OU’s adult and higher education – intercollegiate athletics administration master’s program and will begin graduate school in the fall. He was selected as an OU Athletics Diversity Council’s graduate assistant, which will give him work experience in a variety of areas throughout the athletics department.  Bailey is a native of Portland, Oregon.

Desron DorsetDesron Dorset graduated from Rutgers University where he earned an undergraduate degree in sport administration, earning recognition as a National Honor Society member. While at Rutgers, Dorset was a resident advisor as well as a two-year manager for the Rutgers football team. After his graduation, Dorset served as an account executive at Turnstyles Ticketing, handling season and group ticket sales for the San Francisco 49ers and New York Yankees, gaining valuable experience in ticket operations. This led him to a graduate assistantship in the Georgia State University (GSU) athletics development and ticket office. Since enrolling in Georgia State’s sports administration master’s program in August 2010, Dorset has helped develop and initiate innovated sales programs, as well as facilitate and strengthen relationships between donors and GSU athletics. Dorset’s ultimate aspiration is to be an athletics director at a major college or university, with a focus on developing the character of student-athlete. He is originally from St. Kitts.

Katherine HylandKatherine Hyland earned her undergraduate degree from Brown University, where she majored in history and was a captain of the Bears’ field hockey team. Hyland was a four-time ZAG/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I National Academic Scholar, as well as a two-time Academic All-Ivy selection. In addition, Hyland was selected for the Brown University Royce Sport and Society Summer Fellowship, was a SAAC representative and peer advisor. Her senior thesis looked at the challenges that four different institutions faced in the decade following the passage of Title IX, showcasing her interest in women’s history and intercollegiate athletics, as well as the issues of equity, access and compliance. Hyland hopes to pursue a master’s degree in sport management beginning in the fall or obtain an internship in a university athletics department. Hyland is a native of Riegelsville, Pennsylvania.

Simone JacksonSimone Jackson graduated magne cum laude from the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), where she majored in accounting and information management. Jackson went on to receive a master’s degree in the same field from UTD. While at UTD, Jackson was voted ‘Miss UTD,’ which is awarded to the top African-American female who embodies the core values of the University, including high academic achievement, leadership in the community, high involvement on campus, and acts as a role model for all students. She was also honored with the Chancellor’s Award, was named to the Dean’s list three times and had the highest grade point average of any student in the Black Student Alliance. Jackson is currently working towards a dual master’s degree in Business Administration and Sport Business Management at the DeVos Sport Business Management Program at the University of Central Florida. She is an active member of the National Association of Black Sports Professionals (NABSP) Central Florida Chapter, the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A) and the University of Central Florida Sport Management Club. Jackson is originally from Mesquite, Texas.

Sherraine PencilSherraine Pencil earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and political science from San Diego State University in May 2009, where she was a two-year captain on the track and field team. At San Diego State, Pencil was an active member of SAAC at both the conference and national levels, served on the hiring committee for the head track and field coach, was a student assistant at the Aztec Athletic Foundation, as well as a compliance intern. She also earned the San Diego State University Presidents “Top 25 Award,” and was a University Scholar-Athlete, a three time member of the Mountain West Conference Track and Field Outdoor All-Conference Team and a three-time NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship qualifier. After graduation, Pencil obtained a governance internship at the Big Ten Conference and is now enrolled in graduate school at the University of Oklahoma, studying adult and higher education – intercollegiate athletics administration where she serves as an athletics diversity council graduate assistant. The Toronto, Ontario Canada native represented San Diego State at the Canadian National Track and Field Championship in 2007 and 2008.