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The McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship winners each receive a $10,000 grant to be used towards postgraduate studies in athletics administration.
Through the support of the Fiesta Bowl’s endowment commitment to the Foundation, a John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship is awarded each year to a student associated with an Arizona-based four-year institution. In addition to the Fiesta Bowl, the National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals (N4A) has continued its sponsorship of two of the $10,000 scholarships. A portion of this contribution to the Foundation is in memory of Curtis Jones, former associate athletics director for academic support at West Virginia, who passed away suddenly in September 2013. Jones was a N4A Board Member at the time of his death.
Funding for the John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship has been provided in part by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA); the Cleveland Cavaliers; Major League Baseball (MLB); the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC); the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA); the National Basketball Association (NBA); the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA); Capital One; and Sears, Roebuck and Co.
As of the 2018-19 academic year, the John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Program has awarded over 100 scholarships, totaling over $1 million.
2020 McLendon Scholars
Arizona State University
Sophia Elenga earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Arizona State University (ASU), majoring in...
Sophia Elenga earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Arizona State University (ASU), majoring in sport journalism and maintaining a 3.14 GPA. In 2014, she was the U20 European Women’s Basketball Champion, while playing on the French National Team. Elenga then went on to play basketball at Arizona State, where she was a three-time Sun Devil Scholar-Athlete. In the fall, she plans to pursue a degree in sports law at Arizona State University.
University of Illinois
Cam Fenton received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois. Majoring in...
Cam Fenton received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois. Majoring in kinesiology, he upheld a GPA of 3.53. While at Illinois, Fenton also received his graduate degree in 2017 with a sport management focus. He also made the Dean’s List every year. In 2019, Fenton participated in the Big 12 Diversity Program. In the fall, he will enter his final year as an MBA student at Texas Christian University (TCU).
University of Alabama
Laura Hicks completed her bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Alabama, while maintaining...
Laura Hicks completed her bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Alabama, while maintaining a 3.706 GPA. For the past nine months, Hicks was serving as an intern in Los Angeles for the LA Chargers. In 2018, she assisted in Alabama with the EPSN Birmingham Bowl week. Hicks’ next steps include pursing her degree in sports administration from Georgia State University this fall.
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Christian Hithe received her bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of North Carolina...
Christian Hithe received her bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of North Carolina Charlotte, upholding a 3.862 GPA. She was a member of the Charlotte 49ers women’s basketball team. Every semester, Hithe had made the athletics director’s list. This past year, she was named to the Conference USA All-America Team. Hithe is pursuing a master’s in information technology, with an emphasis on sports data analysis, from UNC Charlotte.
Wayne State College
Tia Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in sport management and political science from Wayne State...
Tia Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in sport management and political science from Wayne State College, maintaining a 3.77 GPA. This past year, Jones was awarded the 2020 Myles Brand All-America with Distinction Award, from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). While participating on the track and field team, she was awarded the Presidential Scholar Student-Athlete Award every fall. In 2019, the Student-Athlete Support Group for Wayne State College was created by Jones. Her postgraduate plans include pursuing her master’s degree at Wayne State College, while working as an operation intern for the cross country/ track and field program at the University of Minnesota.
Christine-Evette Ngeve received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Shaw University, maintaining a 3.76 GPA....
Christine-Evette Ngeve received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Shaw University, maintaining a 3.76 GPA. She was an Honors College member all four years at Shaw. In 2019, Ngeve was named CIAA Woman of the Year and a NCAA Top 30 Woman of the Year honoree. Her next step is pursuing a Master of Social Work at North Carolina State University.
University of Missouri
Jordan Roundtree completed her bachelor’s degree in sports management from the University of Missouri, while...
Jordan Roundtree completed her bachelor’s degree in sports management from the University of Missouri, while holding a 3.877 GPA. Not only was she a member of the women’s basketball team, but Roundtree graduated in three years. All six semesters, she made the Dean’s List. In the summer of 2019, she was named the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar. Roundtree is continuing her education at the University of Missouri, where she will earn an MBA.
University of North Texas
Orianna Shillow received her bachelor’s degree in business analytics from the University of North Texas...
Orianna Shillow received her bachelor’s degree in business analytics from the University of North Texas (UNT), while upholding a 3.475 GPA. Shillow played on the UNT women’s basketball team for four years. In addition, she made the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll List all four years. This is awarded to student-athletes who achieve a 3.0 and above. She currently serves as a graduate assistant in athletics academic services at the University of Memphis. Shillow is pursuing her master’s in sports commerce from Memphis.