BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 22 – 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.
Highlights of the Tigers’ nominees include:
Cory Luckie, Baseball (Male McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Nominee)
• Will earn B.S. degree in Biomedical Science in May 2012
• Named SEC Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, 2010
• Who’s Who Amojng Students in American Universities and Colleges, 2011
• Tiger Torch Scholar-Athlete of the Year, 2010-11
• Member of Delta Epsilon Iota, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Eta Sigma, Alpha Lambda Delta, Chi Alpha Sigma and Golden Key Honor Societies.
• Member of National Society of Collegiate Scholars and SEC Academic Honor Roll
• Member of SEC Baseball Community Service Team, 2011
• Treasurer, Auburn Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, 2010-11
• Volunteer with Toys for Tots, Little League, Christmas Caravan (donate and distribute toys to underprivileged children during holiday season) and Storybook Farms (horse ranch for mentally challenged and homeless children)
• Team captain of Auburn baseball team, 2012
• Three-year letterwinner as pitcher
• The Prattville, Ala. native is the son of Craig and Cathy Luckie
Katy Frierson, Soccer (Female McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Nominee)
• Earned a B.A. degree in Political Science in December, 2011
• 2011 SEC Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year
• National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-American, 2010-11
• CoSIDA / Capital One first-team Academic All-American, 2010-11
• Member of SEC Academic Honor Roll, 2008-11
• Member of Phi Kappa Phi and Chi Alpha Sigma honor societies
• Member of Dean’s List and Auburn University Top Tiger, 2008-11
• Two-time team captain and four-time first-team All-SEC
• Finalist, Lowe’s Senior Class Award, 2011
• SEC All-Tournament Team, 2009, 2011; Tournament MVP, 2011
• Member of Auburn’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, 2010-11
• Named to SEC Soccer Community Service Team, 2011
• Participated in Soccer Without Borders service trip to Nicaragua, 2011
• Involved with Auburn’s War on Hunger-World Food Program, Lee County Humane Society, Auburn United Church Food Pantry and East Alabama Food Bank.
• The Homewood, Ala. native is the daughter of Herb Frierson and Chamele Walker
John Stembridge, Golf (Male Davis Community Service Nominee)
• Will earn a B.M.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering in August 2012
• Involved with Wounded Warrior project, assisting in physical therapy to amputee soldiers, and planning events for hosting soldiers at Auburn
• Volunteer with First Tee and Atlanta Junior Golf
• Volunteered with Auburn Early Education (reading stories to children), Big House Foundation (provide housecleaning chores) and Peachtree Corner’s Food Bank.
• Member of Chi Alpha Sigma, Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma honor societies
• Member of SEC Academic Honor Roll and recipient of O’Neill Austin Best Student Award in Kinematics & Dynamics at Auburn
• Selected as design team member for Auburn University Cube Satellite program
• Intern as Mechanical Engineer at PPG Aerospace in Huntsville, Ala.
• The Norcross, Ga. native is the son of David and Kathy Stembridge
Laura Lane, Gymnastics (Female Davis Community Service Nominee)
• Will earn a B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics and Actuarial Science in May 2012
• Served as a mentor at Drake Middle School After-School Program
• Volunteered with Big Sis/Lil Sis Program with Auburn Gymnastics Academy
• Volunteered at Cornerstone Methodist Church as receptionist and teacher assistant
• SEC Gymnastics Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year, 2011
• Three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll and NCAA Academic All-American, 2009-11
• Auburn University “Academic Top Tiger” Award, 2009-11
• Member of Alpha Sigma Pi, Delta Iota, Chi Alpha Sigma and Golden Key Honor Societies
• Auburn University College of Science and Mathematics “Outstanding Freshman” Award in 2008-09 and “Outstanding Sophomore” Award in 2009-10
• The Glen Allen, Va. native is the daughter of Mark and Sandra Lane
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:
Alabama – McWhorter: Kyle Weeks, swimming & diving; Brooke Pancake, golf; Davis: Nate Corder, track & field / cross country; Leigh Gilmore, track & field / cross country
Arkansas – McWhorter: Ben Skidmore, track & field; Courtney O’Grady, swimming & diving; Davis: Matt Walters, Tennis; Kelli Stipanovich, Volleyball
Auburn – McWhorter: Cory Luckie, baseball; Katy Frierson, soccer; Davis: John Stembridge, golf; Laura Lane, gymnastics
Florida – March 23
Georgia – March 26
Kentucky – March 27
LSU – March 28
Ole Miss – March 29
Miss. State – March 30
South Carolina – April 2
Tennessee – April 3
Vanderbilt – April 4
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.