March 22, 2012
AUBURN, Ala. - Baseball player Cory Luckie and soccer player Katy Frierson have been nominated for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship and golfer John Stembridge and gymnast Laura Lane have been nominated for the Brad Davis Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship by Auburn University.
The H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship has been presented by the Southeastern Conference since 1986 to the league's top male and female scholar-athletes.
The SEC Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship was named for former Associate Commissioner Brad Davis. Davis succumbed to cancer on March 2, 2006. He had been a member of the SEC staff since 1988, first serving as an assistant commissioner until 1994 when he was promoted to associate commissioner.
The Southeastern Conference will name the 2012 recipients of the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship on April 6 in conjunction with National Student-Athlete Day. The Davis Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship winners will be announced on April 5.
The 2010 SEC Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Luckie will earn his B.S. degree in Biomedical Science in May. Listed among Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, he was the Tiger Torch Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2010-11. He is a member of Delta Epsilon Iota, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Eta Sigma, Alpha Lambda Delta, Chi Alhpa Sigma and Golden Key Honor Societies. He is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the SEC Academic Honor Roll. A member of the SEC Baseball Community Service Team, he has volunteered with Toys for Tots, Little League, Christmas Caravan and Storybook Farms. A three-year letter winner, he is a team captain this season.
The 2011 SEC Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Frierson earned a B.A. degree in Political Science in December, 2001. A NSCAA Scholar All-American in 2010-11, she was also a CoSIDA/Capital One first team Academic All-American in 2010-11, a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll from 2008-11, a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Chi Alpha Sigma honor societies and the Dean's List and Top Tiger from 2008-11. A two-time team captain and four-time first team All-SEC, she was on the SEC All-Tournament Team in 2009 and 2011 and the Tournament MVP in 2011. A 2011 finalist for the Lowe's Senior Class Award in 2011, she has been a member of Auburn's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, has been named to the SEC Soccer Community Service Team and has participated in Soccer Without Borders service trip to Nicaragua. Locally she is involved with Auburn's War on Hunger-World Food Program, the Lee County Humane Society, Auburn United Church Food Pantry and the Eats Alabama Food Bank.
Stembridge will earn a B.M.E degree in Mechanical Engineering in August 2012. He is involved with the Wounded Warrior project, assisting in physical therapy to amputee soldiers and planning events for hosting soldiers at Auburn. He has also volunteered with the First Tee, Atlanta Junior Golf, the Auburn Early Education Center, Big House Foundation and Peachtree Corner's Food Bank. He is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma, Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma honor societies. He is a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and the recipient of O'Neill Austin Best Student Award in Kinematics & Dynamics at Auburn. An intern at PPG Aerospace in Huntsville, he was selected as a design team member for the Auburn University Cube Satellite program.
Lane will earn a B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics and Actuarial Science in May 2012. The 2011 SEC Gymanast Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year, she is a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll and NCAA Academic All-American. A member of Alpha Sigma Pi, Delta Iota, Chi Alpha Sigma and Golden Key Honor Societies, she served as a mentor at Drake Middle School After-School program, volunteered with Big Sig/Lil Sig Program with the Auburn Gymnastics Academy and volunteered at Cornerstone Methodist Church as a receptionist and teacher assistant. An Academic Top Tiger Award winner, she won the College of Science and Mathematics "Outstanding Freshman" Award in 2008-09 and "Outstanding Sophomore" Award in 2009-10.
National Student-Athlete Day was created in 1987 by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) and Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society, and presented by the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).
National Student-Athlete Day is held each April 6 to celebrate outstanding student-athletes who have achieved excellence in academics and athletics while having made significant contributions to the community. It is also a time to recognize those parents, teachers, coaches and school systems which make it possible for young people to find the balance between academics and athletics.
Each year, the SEC, in conjunction with AT&T, an SEC Corporate Champion sponsor, provides the league's male and female McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients with a $15,000 post-graduate scholarship. The 22 remaining male and female finalists for the award will also receive a $7,500 post-graduate scholarship. The Davis Award recipients each receive a $10,000 post-graduate scholarship, provided by the SEC. The 22 remaining male and female finalists for the award will also receive a $5,000 post-graduate scholarship.
The award recipients are chosen by a committee of Faculty Athletics Representatives from the 12 SEC institutions and are honored at the SEC Spring Meetings in Sandestin, Fla. on May 31.
Last year's McWhorter Award recipients were Dan Mazzaferro and Erica Meissner, both members of the Auburn swimming & diving teams. The Davis Award recipients were Ole Miss track & field athlete Barnabus Kirui and Georgia track & field athlete Bridget Lyons.