This year’s honorees include Coleman Lew & Associates Graduate Scholarship recipient Maggie Bosley (Wofford); Dave Hart Graduate Scholarship recipient Paul Inclan (Wofford); Dorothy Hicks Graduate Scholarship recipient Christina Dorismond (Furman); David Knight Graduate Scholarship recipient Brittany Gendron (Western Carolina); Bob McCloskey Insurance Graduate Scholarship recipients Grant Fisher (Elon) and Alex Abraham (Western Carolina); William Moore Graduate Scholarship presented by McMillan Pazdan Smith recipient Christy Robinson (Samford); Southern Conference Presidential Scholarship recipient Owen Wagoner (Samford); and Mike Wood Graduate Scholarship recipients Jeremy Towns (Samford) and Nick Pollard (Chattanooga).
The recipients are nominated by their schools and selected by the Southern Conference Graduate Scholar Committee. The scholarships, worth $2,000 each, are awarded to student-athletes about to receive their undergraduate degrees who intend to pursue advanced degrees in graduate or professional school. The student-athletes are evaluated on academics, athletics and community service.
Maggie Bosley, Wofford – Coleman Lew & Associates Graduate Scholar
Wofford women’s soccer player Maggie Bosley has earned the 2014 Coleman Lew & Associates Graduate Scholarship. A four-year starter in the defense, Bosley led the Terriers with five assists as a senior in the fall despite playing in just 15 of Wofford’s 19 contests. She also earned first-team all-conference and all-tournament honors in 2013. A chemistry major with a 3.86 GPA, Bosley has earned CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District honors in each of the last two seasons. In 2013, Bosley earned the Dr. and Mrs. George W. Price, Jr. Scholarship, awarded to one pre-medicine student at Wofford, and the J. Charles Eldridge Award for Outstanding STAR Participant, given to one of the 25 students in her research program. Bosley also earned a 2014 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. A three-year co-president of Wofford’s chapter of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Bosley participated in several community service activities, including Athlete Reading Week, Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life, Soap for Hope and Keeping Tabs on Kids, and organized a Boys and Girls Club Christmas party and the “Food Fight” canned food drive. Bosley will attend the Medical University of South Carolina after graduation.
Paul Inclan, Wofford – Dave Hart Graduate Scholar
Wofford’s Paul Inclan is the 2014 recipient of the Dave Hart Graduate Scholarship. A kicker/punter/holder for the Terriers, Inclan was 3-for-3 in point-after attempts this season and 3-for-4 in 2012. He started all 24 games for Wofford the last two years and helped Wofford to SoCon titles in 2010 and 2012 and three NCAA FCS Playoff appearances. From 2011-13, Inclan won the team award for the highest grade point average, and he took the team’s Unsung Hero Award in 2012. A biology major with a 3.98 GPA, Inclan is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and was a Junior Marshall. In 2012, he earned a South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities research grant in the field of biochemistry. The vice-chair of Wofford’s Judicial Commission for the last three years, Inclan has mentored and spoken at local elementary and middle schools, was a Palmetto Boys State Counselor and went on a mission trip to New York during his collegiate career. Inclan will attend the Wake Forest University School of Medicine after graduation.
Christina Dorismond, Furman – Dorothy Hicks Graduate Scholar
The 2014 recipient of the Dorothy Hicks Graduate Scholarship is Furman volleyball player Christina Dorismond. The middle blocker was an all-conference performer for the Paladins in 2013, helping Furman to a second-place finish in the league. Twice a SoCon all-tournament performer in her career, Dorismond was a CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District performer in the fall. A chemistry major with a 3.977 GPA, she is also a member of several honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Phi Eta Sigma and the Senior Order, an elite leadership honor society for women at Furman. In 2013, Dorismond won the Winston Babb Memorial Award, given annually by the Furman chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa to the woman in each Furman class who has demonstrated the most outstanding qualities of leadership, scholarship and service to the industry. She also earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in 2014. In the community, Dorismond volunteered at the Greenville Free Medical Clinic and the Furman Child Development Center. Dorismond plans to attend medical school after graduating.
Brittany Gendron, Western Carolina – David Knight Graduate Scholar
Western Carolina women’s soccer defender Brittany Gendron is the 2014 recipient of the David Knight Graduate Scholarship. A SoCon All-Freshman selection and the WCU Female Rookie of the Year in 2010 when she started all 19 matches, Gendron started the first nine games the following year before an injury cut her season short. She redshirted the 2012 season before returning in 2013, appearing in all 20 matches with 12 starts. For her career, she has two goals and an assist from the back line. A member of the Honors College, the International Dean’s List, Phi Kappa Phi honor society and the National Society of Leadership and Success, Gendron owns a 3.917 GPA in recreational therapy. Gendron has volunteered for several organizations, including the Tuck River cleanup, the Mountain Trace Nursing Home, a soccer camp for at-risk youth and the Adaptive Sports & Adventures Program, where she worked with people with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. After completing a recreational therapy internship with the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation in Cleveland, Ohio, Gendron plans to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy.
Grant Fisher, Elon – Bob McCloskey Insurance Graduate Scholar
Elon baseball player Grant Fisher is a 2014 recipient of one of two Bob McCloskey Insurance Graduate Scholarships. A right-handed pitcher for the Phoenix, Fisher has made 27 career appearances, including a career-high 11 so far this season after redshirting in 2013, when he earned the Elon A.L. Hook Scholar Athlete of the Year award. A public health studies major with a 3.92 GPA, Fisher is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies and was an Elon University Lumen Prize finalist. He also earned the Bruns Family Endowment Scholarship for Research. An aspiring dentist, Fisher served an internship with the Alamance County Children’s Dental Health Center as part of his major. He also developed, under faculty supervision through Elon’s Undergraduate Research Forum, a research/service project entitled “Healthy Mouths Promote Healthy Bodies.” As part of that project, Fisher went to Burundi, Africa, where he taught second-graders the importance of the “mouth-body connection” and administered mini-interventions to students and non-professionals who could carry on that work. Fisher plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry after graduation.
Alex Abraham, Western Carolina – Bob McCloskey Insurance Graduate Scholar
Western Carolina women’s basketball player Alex Abraham is a 2014 recipient of one of two Bob McCloskey Insurance Graduate Scholarships. After walking on to the squad as a freshman, Abraham earned a full scholarship for the Catamounts. A two-time winner of the team’s Coach’s Award, Abraham was also a two-year captain and was named Western Carolina’s Female Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2012. A psychology/recreational therapy double major, Abraham has volunteered with recreational therapy programs at a local nursing home and with at-risk youth at a local elementary school. She has also served as a pen pal for at-risk youth and volunteered at Full Spectrum Farms, which serves adults with autism. Abraham, who boasts a 3.99 undergraduate GPA, plans to pursue a graduate degree in sport psychology.
Christy Robinson, Samford – William Moore Graduate Scholar presented by McMillan Pazdan Smith
Samford women’s basketball player Christy Robinson is the 2014 recipient of the William Moore Graduate Scholarship presented by McMillan Pazdan Smith. A center for the Bulldogs, Robinson served as a team captain and led the team in scoring and blocked shots in 2013-14, her first season as a starter. She also helped the squad to SoCon tournament titles in 2011 and 2012. A nursing major with a 3.959 GPA, Robinson was a CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District selection this season. In the community, Robinson has volunteered with e3 Ministries, the Exceptional Foundation, Samaritan’s Feet, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Tornado Relief – Samford Gives Back, and the United Way Food Bank. Robinson plans to become a nurse anesthetist and must work at least one year as a registered nurse in an intensive care unit before she can enter graduate school. After doing that, she will pursue a master’s degree in nursing.
Owen Wagoner, Samford – Southern Conference Presidential Scholar
Samford track and field athlete Owen Wagoner has earned the 2014 Southern Conference Presidential Scholarship. A pole vaulter for the Bulldogs, Wagoner has earned all-conference honors four times in his career so far, taking the distinction twice each in the indoor and outdoor seasons and winning the outdoor event in 2012. Wagoner has competed in the NCAA Track & Field Preliminary Round in each of the last three outdoor seasons and is the No. 2 pole vaulter in school history in both indoor and outdoor. A U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic selection, Wagoner is double-majoring in engineering physics and computer science and holds a 3.56 GPA. In the community, Wagoner has volunteered at a local church and summer camp in addition to helping with tornado cleanup and coaching an inner-city boys’ soccer team. After graduation, Wagoner plans to pursue a master’s degree in petroleum engineering or mechanical engineering.
Jeremy Towns, Samford – Mike Wood Graduate Scholar
Samford football player Jeremy Towns is one of two 2014 recipients of a Mike Wood Graduate Scholarship. A defensive lineman, Towns has appeared in all 24 games for the Bulldogs the last two seasons after missing the prior two seasons with injuries. Towns was a second-team All-SoCon performer and had a career-high 54 tackles in 2013, helping Samford to a share of the SoCon title for the first time in school history and an NCAA FCS Playoff berth for the first time since 1992. In the classroom, Towns is majoring in sports medicine and has three minors: biology, nutrition and psychology. He holds a 3.85 GPA and is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. Towns founded the Next Level Football Camp and has volunteered with the Hundred Days of Nonviolence and with Pratt City tornado relief. Towns plans to attend medical school after graduation, with interests in either neurosurgery or family medicine.
Nick Pollard, Chattanooga – Mike Wood Graduate Scholar
Chattanooga football player Nick Pollard is one of two 2014 recipients of a Mike Wood Graduate Scholarship. A three-year starting kicker for the Mocs after redshirting as a true freshman, Pollard was a SoCon-best 43-for-43 on point-after attempts in 2013, helping Chattanooga to a share of the league title for the first time since 1984. Pollard has also had punting duties in each of the last two years and earned SoCon Special Teams Player of the Week honors in 2013 after setting a school single-game record with a 54.7-yard punting average against Wofford. A SoCon All-Freshman selection as a redshirt freshman in 2011, Pollard has been very active with Kappa Sigma, assisting with the Kappa Sigma South Seas Week in 2011 and 2012 and with Steps for Hope Through Kappa Sigma in 2013. A criminal justice major with a 3.704 GPA, Pollard is minoring in business administration. He plans to pursue an MBA at Chattanooga after graduation while he completes his eligibility.