Hendrix nominated for SEC McWhorter Award recognition

May 1, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Vanderbilt Athletics has selected women' soccer standout Kendra Hendrix as its top candidate for the Southeastern Conference's prestigious H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship.

The league presents the McWhorter Award nand its $15,000 post-graduate scholarship to both the top male and female student-athlete in the conference. 

In addition to Hendrix, Vanderbilt nominated football player Fitz Lassing for consideration as the league's top male student-athlete.

The H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship has been presented by the SEC since 1986 to the league's top male and female scholar-athletes. The 2014 McWhorter Award recipients will be announced May 6 

Here's more off-the-field accomplishments from Hendrix, a senior forward from Little Rock (Ark.) Central High School. 

• Graduated in Spring 2014 in Public Policy, Community Sustainability
• Earned impressive 3.226 grade point average
• Began life in a lower-income, urban neighborhood and developed into one of school's finest examples of the student-athlete best combining athletic, academics and service achievement
• Robert Harvey Scholarship recipient and studied abroad in Denmark in the summer of 2013
• Named to SEC Academic Honor Roll, three-year letter winner, named team's Most Improved Player and nominated as the school's outstanding student-athlete by the Black Student Alliance
• Active in community service, volunteering time and talents to a wide array of organizations and projects
• Member of the Alpha Phi Omega Community Service fraternity, offering assistance to organizations that confront homelessness and the impoverished
• Twice was member and site leader of Alternative Winter Break, a student-run service organization promoting community involvement, social action and critical thinking
• Summer intern with Audubon Arkansas, researching, designing and maintaining an Arkansas native plant and rain garden while leading summer camps for underprivileged youth about the importance of nature
• Has been involved with Eco-Dores and Eco-Suds, student groups who act as peer educators to other students to live in an environmentally sustainable way
• Other service activities include MOSAIC Multicultural Weekend, Dance Marathon (a student fund-raiser), Student Athlete Advisory Council, Bowling with Cerebral Palsy, Asian New Year Festival and Rites of Spring Recycling.

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.

Each of the SEC's 14 teams nominated a male and female candidate for the McWhorter Award scholarship. All nominees will also receive a $7,500 post-graduate scholarship.

The award recipients are chosen by a committee of Faculty Athletics Representatives from the 14 SEC institutions and are honored at the SEC Spring Meetings in Sandestin, Fla., in late May.



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