SEC Announces Georgia's McWhorter and Davis Nominees
SEC Announces Georgia's McWhorter and Davis Nominees

SEC Announces Georgia's McWhorter and Davis Nominees
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March 26, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Track & field athlete J.P. Hackney and swimmer Wendy Trott have been nominated for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship and football player Aron White and volleyball player Kathleen Gates have been nominated for the Brad Davis Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship by the University of Georgia.

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 Bulldogs' nominees include:
 
J.P. Hackney, Track & Field / Cross Country (Male McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Nominee)
·         Will earn B.A. degree in History in May 2012
·         Member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and UGA Dean's List
·         Recipient of 2011-12 Joel Eaves Scholar-Athlete Award for highest GPA among male student-athletes entering senior year at Georgia
·         One of three undergraduate students invited to attend 2011 conference, "The Impact of Climate Change on Tribal Resource Management," sponsored by UGA Institute of Native American Studies
·         Four-year letter winner and captain of 2011-12 squad
·         2011 NCAA Cross Country Championship qualifier
·         Member of 2011 SEC Track & Field Community Service Team
·         President of UGA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, 2011-12
·         Recipient of 2012 Peach of an Athlete Award, given by Atlanta Area Council of Boy Scouts of America
·         Chapter President (2011-12) and Vice President (2010-11) of Phi Alpha Theta Honors Society
·         Volunteered with Special Olympics, SEC Together We Can Food Drive and Adopt-a-family Thanksgiving fundraiser.
·         The Acworth, Ga. native is the son of Bill and Catherine Hackney

Wendy Trott, Swimming & Diving (Female McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Nominee)

  • Will earn B.A. degree in International Affairs in May 2012
  • Has earned a cumulative 3.97 grade point average during college career
  • Won the Elite 89 Award at the 2012 NCAA Championships as the swimmer with the highest grade point average at the meet
  • Named the 2012 SEC Swimming & Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year
  • Recipient of 2011-12 Joel Eaves Scholar-Athlete Award for highest GPA among student-athletes entering senior year at Georgia
  • Co-recipient of UGA's Marilyn Vincent Award for the UGA female student-athlete with the highest GPA upon graduating
  • Member of University of Georgia Honors Program
  • Recipient of a 2011-12 Ramsey Scholarship for Academic and Athletic Excellence
  • Named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America Women's At-Large Team
  • Three-time College Swimming Coaches Association of America Academic All-American, 2009-11
  • Member of SEC Academic Honor and UGA Athletic Director's Honor Roll
  • Three-time NCAA Champion in 1650 freestyle, 2009-11
  • Four-time SEC Champion in the 1,650 freestyle, the only woman ever to accomplish that feat
  • SEC Champion in the 500 freestyle, 2010
  • Four-time first-team All-SEC, 2009-12
  • Elected to be member of Sphinx Club, oldest honorary society at UGA, and the Palladia Society, known as the highest honor a woman can achieve at the university
  • Volunted at Project Safe domestic abuse shelter, Food Bank of Northeast Georgia and visited children at Barrow Elementary School
  • The Cape Town, South Africa native is the daughter of Sue Trott

Aron White, Football (Male Davis Community Service Nominee)

  • Earned a B.B.A. degree in Management in December 2010 and is in Master's Program at UGA
  • Was a student speaker at December 2010 commencement, representing 1,700 classmates
  • Has visited different schools and classrooms, speaking to children and talking about keeping a healthy lifestyle, sportsmanship, academics and time management
  • Volunteers with Boys & Girls Club, MLK Day of Service, Habitat for Humanity and Camp Sunshine and Kudzu
  • Has visited several hospitals, visiting with children
  • Earned SEC Academic Honor Roll, UGA Athletic Director's Honor Roll and Dean's List honors
  • Caught nine passes for 101 yards and four touchdowns in senior season, including a 12-yard touchdown reception in the SEC Championship Game against LSU.
  • One of 11 FBS student-athletes named to the 2011 Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team
  • Member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Gridiron and Blue Key Honor Societies and LEAD, the UGA Leadership Academy for student-athletes
  • The Columbia, Mo. native is the son of Gregory and Tammy White

Kathleen Gates, Volleyball (Female Davis Community Service Nominee)

  • Will earn a B.S. degree in Exercise and Sport Science in May 2013
  • Served as Director of Awareness for AutismUGA, managing social media, working with other organizations and businesses and organizing events to spotlight Autism awareness
  • Served as President of UGA's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, 2011-12
  • Participated in Team United, a coalition of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Athletes in Action and Georgia Athlete Outreach
  • Member of Fontaine Student Center Advisory Board, a student-run health organization supported by the UGA Health Center
  • Participated in Girl Power Day, speaking to underprivileged youth and Girls Scouts about staying positive, overcoming obstacles and reaching your dreams
  • Member of Blue Key and Delta Epsilon Iota honor societies
  • Member of SEC Academic Honor Roll, UGA Athletic Director's Honor Roll and Dean's List
  • Three-year Bulldog team captain and earned the Lewis Leadership Award in Spring, 2010, given to female student-athletes at UGA
  • The Wilmington, N.C. native is the daughter of Larry and Tammi Gates

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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