April 4, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Football player DeAndre Jones and track and field/cross country athlete Louise Hannallah have been nominated for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship and baseball player Drew Fann and track and field athlete Nia Washington have been nominated for the Brad Davis Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship by Vanderbilt 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.
Highlights of the Commodores' nominees include:
DeAndre Jones, Football (Male McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Nominee)
- Will earn a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering in May 2013
- Awarded Global Summer Fellows Grant to study abroad in Morocco, May 2011
- Member of Dean's List and SEC Academic Honor Roll
- Recipient of Liberty Bowl Scholar-Athlete Award (2011) and Vanderbilt Student-Athlete of the Month (November 2011)
- Holds leadership positions in his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha
- Three-year letter winner on Commodore football squad
- Served as camp counselor at Memphis University School Summer Program, overseeing sport activities and counseling for elementary and middle school students
- Served as a FEMA Emergency Program Manager
- Served as an intern with KMW, Inc., a firm specializing in engineering and industrial automation sales
- Has also volunteered with Feed the Children, Habitat for Humanity and Youth Encouragement Services
- The Memphis, Tenn. native is the son of Demetres and Lisa Jones
Louise Hannallah, Track & Field/Cross Country (Female McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Nominee)
- Will earn a B.A. degree in Psychology in May 2013
- Member of Psi Chi International Honors Society for psychology students
- Member of Dean's List, Vanderbilt Academic-Athlete Honor Roll and SEC Academic Honor Roll, 2008-11
- Named MVP of 2011 Commodore Cross Country squad
- Named Female Comeback Player of the Year for all Vanderbilt athletics in 2010, after overcoming shin injuries the previous season
- Captain of 2011 Commodore Cross Country squad
- Named October 2010 Vanderbilt Student-Athlete of the Month
- Helped lead Vandy to a sixth place finish in the 2011 NCAA Women's Cross Country Championships
- Took part in "Girls on the Run," organization focusing on instilling confidence and self-esteem
- Active in "Active Minds," organization aims to de-stigmatize mental health issues on college campuses
- Member of Kappa Alpha Theta and has been involved with philanthropic events such as Fashion for a Cause, Court Appointed Special Advocates Association and Kickoff Cookoff.
- The Potomac, Md. native is the daughter of Dr. Medhat and Penny Hannallah
Drew Fann, Baseball (Male Davis Community Service Nominee)
- Earned a B.S. degree in Human and Organizational Development in May 2011
- Was the chief organizer of the Second Harvest Food Bank/Vanderbilt Baseball canned food drive
- Member of Kappa Delta Epsilon Honorary Professional Education fraternity, 2009-11
- Organized Monroe Carell, Jr., Children's Hospital Child Safety event
- Served as mentor for children at Eakin Elementary School
- Participated in Walk to Defeat ALS and visited with children at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital
- Member of Vanderbilt's Dean's List, Honor Roll and SEC Academic Honor Roll
- Given award at 2011 College World Series for highest GPA on Vanderbilt's squad
- Four-year letter winner for Vandy's baseball squad
- Member of SEC Baseball Community Service Team
- The Murfreesboro, Tenn. native is the son of Terry and Vicki Fann
Nia Washington, Track & Field (Female Davis Community Service Nominee)
- Will earn a B.A. degree in Medicine, Health & Safety in May 2012
- As part of the Women Empowerment Project at the Tennessee Department of Corrections, led classes covering subjects that helped attendees receive their GED
- Taught English classes to local adults and children in Machalilla, Ecuador
- Tracked migration patterns and number of Pacific Humpback whales for the Pacific Whale Foundation
- Served as mentor in Men of Valor, which assists youth in the Nashville community
- Was group leader in a Rake-A-Thon for the Make-A-Wash Foundation
- Volunteered in a hospice and a food kitchen at a homeless shelter
- Member of Vanderbilt Dean's List and SEC Academic Honor Roll
- Member of Vanderbilt's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
- President, Gamma Delta chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority
- Vice-President, Vanderbilt's Mixed Heritage Exchange
- Chosen as one of 40 students of color from schools across the nation to attend "Teach for America" of Greater New Orleans' Future Leaders Summit, January 2012
- The Chatham, N.Y. native is the daughter of Gerald and Marcia Washington
The SEC Office will be releasing each of its institution's nominees periodically until the April 6 winners are announced.
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
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.