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.