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Greg Larson, Teresa Crippen, Brian Howell and Joanna Mather are UF's nominees.

Friday March 23, 2012UF Nominees for McWhorter and Davis Post-Graduate Scholarships Announced

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Greg Larson, Teresa Crippen, Brian Howell and Joanna Mather are UF's nominees.

Baseball player Greg Larson and swimmer Teresa Crippen have been nominated for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship and swimmer Brian Howell and tennis player Joanna Mather have been nominated for the Brad Davis Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship by the University of Florida.

 

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 Gator’s nominees include:

 

Greg Larson, Baseball (Male McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Nominee)

·         Will earn B.S. degree in Advertising in May 2012

·         Member of UF’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

·         Active in Athletes in Action and Fellowship of Christian Athletes

·         Volunteer with Goodwill Gators, visiting children at Shands Hospital and in area schools

·         Participated in “Miracle on Main Street” events, helping to provide Christmas gifts to more than 300 families

·         Worked as a counselor at several baseball camps, working with youngsters aged 5-18

·         Served as an intern with Gator Boosters

·         Member of SEC Academic Honor Roll

·         Member of SEC Baseball Community Service Team, 2011

·         Ranks fifth on the Gators’ career list for appearances by a pitcher

·         Is tied for first on Florida’s all-time chart for postseason appearances

·         The Longwood, Fla. native is the son of Dave and Dorthy Larson

 

Teresa Crippen, Swimming & Diving (Female McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Nominee)

·         Will earn B.S. degree in Sport Management in December 2012

·         Member of UF’s Deans List and President’s Honor Roll\

·         Member of SEC Academic Honor Roll

·         College Swimming Coaches Association of America Division I Scholar All-America Award Winner, 2009-11

·         ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America At-Large Team, 2010

·         Florida Team Captain for 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons

·         SEC champion in 400 individual medley (2010) and 200 butterfly (2011)

·         10-time All-SEC selection and 11 time All-America selection

·         12-time U.S. Swimming National Championships finalist

·         UF Most Valuable Swimmer Award, 2010

·         Member of the U.S. National Team and 2011 FINA World Championship competitor

·         2010 Pan Pacific silver medalist in the 200 fly

·         Goodwill Gators volunteer as well as serving as youth mentor and at CAMP Gator and Germantown Academy

·         The Conshokocken, Pa. native is the daughter of Peter and Pat Crippen

 

Brian Howell, Swimming & Diving (Male Davis Community Service Nominee)

·         Will earn a B.S. degree in Biology in December 2012

·         Member of SEC Academic Honor Roll and Dean’s List

·         College Swimming Coaches Association of America Honorable Mention Scholar All-American, 2009

·         2011 NCAA Championships Qualifier, 200IM, 400IM and 200 Backstroke

·         2012 Olympic Trials Qualifier, 200IM and 400 IM

·         Volunteer with Climb for Cancer Sports Camp, March of Dimes 5K, Special Olympics Field Day and MLK Day of Service

·         Visited youth camps, volunteered for youth swim events and visited with children at Shands Hospital

·         Wrapped and delivered shoes donated to underprivileged elementary schools around Gainesville

·         Vice-President, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and member of UF’s Intercollegiate Athletic Committee

·         The Cincinnati, Ohio native is the son of Andy and Cindy Howell

 

Joanna Mather, Tennis (Female Davis Community Service Nominee)

·         Will earn a B.S. degree in Business Administration – Management in May 2012

·         Participated with “Miracle on Main Street” events, helping to provide Christmas gifts to more than 300 families

·         Volunteer with Gator Tracks, purchasing shoes for underprivileged elementary schools around Gainesville

·         Visited with children at a local elementary school and at Shands Hospital

·         Volunteer with Climb for Cancer, playing sports with children who currently have or know someone who has cancer

·         Member of SEC Academic Honor Roll and Dean’s List

·         Neal Anderson Scholastic Award (2009, 2011) for highest GPA on tennis team

·         Three-time Florida captain, including the 2011 NCAA Championship team

·         Intercollegiate Tennis Association Southeast Region Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award, 2011

·         First-team All-SEC, 2009; Second-team All-SEC, 2011

·         NCAA All-Tournament Team, 2010

·         Ranked as high as fourth in the nation in singles and sixth in doubles

·         The Duluth, Ga. native is the daughter of George and Laura Mather

 

The SEC Office will be releasing each of its institution’s nominees periodically until the April 6 winners are announced.  The schedule is as follows:

 

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.

 

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