The McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship awards eight winners 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.
Starting in Fall 2024, a selected McLendon Scholar will be awarded tuition-free enrollment in UMass Amherst’s #1 globally ranked sport management master’s program, housed within the Isenberg School of Management.
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.
The John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Program has awarded over 145 scholarships, totaling over $1.5 million.
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2023 McLendon Scholars
University of Kansas
Bighorn earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education plus health from University of Kansas (KU)...
Bighorn earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education plus health from University of Kansas (KU) in May 2022. Currently, Bighorn is a graduate student at Kansas pursuing a sport management degree. He represents the University of Kansas athletics as a yell leader on the spirit squad and is the first LoneBear/H. Roe Bartle Rotational Intern for the Kansas City Chiefs. Bighorn was awarded the Jack Wolfe Memorial Award and was nominated to present the student remarks at the School of Education and Human Sciences Convocation. The First Nations Student Association has selected Bighorn as co-chair for the past two academic years. His end goal is to return home to the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes in Montana to provide opportunities and knowledge to the youth and community. Before receiving his undergraduate degree, Bighorn achieved his associate degree and graduated with a 3.8 GPA from Montana State University-Billings.
University of Texas at Austin
Eggleston completed a bachelor of arts degree in business management in 2022 from the University...
Eggleston completed a bachelor of arts degree in business management in 2022 from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been a member of the Texas volleyball team for five years and served as a captain for three seasons. During her time as a student-athlete, Eggleston also served as the president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for two consecutive years. The committee created initiatives known as the DNA Fund, which raised money to buy sporting equipment and fund sporting opportunities for underprivileged youth in the Austin area, and the LEAD Initiative, which allocates funds from the Texas athletics revenue to non-profits doing positive work for diverse communities in Austin. Eggleston is interested in pursuing the Sports Management Master’s Program at the University of Texas at Austin because she believes this degree will help prepare her for a role in collegiate sports administration.
The Ohio State University
Fisher earned a bachelor of arts degree in strategic communication from The Ohio State University...
Fisher earned a bachelor of arts degree in strategic communication from The Ohio State University in May 2022, where he was a men’s lacrosse student-athlete and an Academic All-Big 10 honoree. While at Ohio State, Fisher also served as president and Big 10 representative for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Currently, Fisher is headed into his second year of the Master of Science in Sport Management program at the University of Florida. He works within student-athlete development at Florida as the assistant coordinator of Gators experience and recently accepted a role with the Post-Graduate Internship Program at the NCAA.
Baldwin Wallace University
Moser received a bachelor of arts degree in sport management from Baldwin Wallace University in...
Moser received a bachelor of arts degree in sport management from Baldwin Wallace University in May 2021. During her time as an undergraduate, she worked as a human resources intern at Duke University, developing strategies implemented to help keep employees engaged during the pandemic and created a housing guide for new hires to help with relocation to Durham. Moser also spent time as a business and finance intern with the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Moser is currently pursuing a master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio University.
Smith earned a bachelor of science degree in health and exercise science at Bethune-Cookman University...
Smith earned a bachelor of science degree in health and exercise science at Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) in May 2023, where she graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors. During her time as an undergraduate, she served as a student athletic trainer for the football sports medicine staff, gaining numerous hours of field experience and patient care. In 2022, she was selected as a cohort member of the NFL HBCU Experienceship Program as well as The Black Sport Business Academy. Smith plans to pursue a master of science in athletic training from The University of Alabama with an anticipated graduation date of May 2025.
University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana
Townes earned a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana...
Townes earned a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in May 2023, where she was All-Academic Big Ten and Second Team All-Big Ten as a member of the women’s gymnastics team. Townes was also selected as an Executive Board member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) while at Illinois. In addition, she has served as a coach for USA Gymnastics and is founder of a streetwear brand, Uptowne Creations. Townes plans to pursue a masters in strategic brand communication.
Deontre Winston II
Arizona State University
Winston II received a bachelor of arts degree in sports business from Arizona State University...
Winston II received a bachelor of arts degree in sports business from Arizona State University (ASU) in May 2023. During his time as an undergraduate, he was an active member of African American Men at ASU (AAMASU) and served as president and dean of membership for Mu Eta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Winston II also participated in the 2021 Arizona Diamondbacks for Change Mentorship Program, the 2022 Marcus Graham Project with the Phoenix Suns and the 2022-23 RISE Super Bowl Leadership Program. Winston II is interested in pursuing a masters in sports law and business from Arizona State.
Oklahoma State University
Wynne graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor of science degree in strategic communications...
Wynne graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor of science degree in strategic communications in May 2023, where she was a softball student-athlete and a two-time All-Big 12 Conference selection. In addition, she was named to the NFCA All-Region Second Team, academic honor roll and a four-time First Team All-Academic Big 12 honoree. While at Oklahoma State, she served as the Big 12 Conference representative for the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and was president/vice president for Oklahoma State University SAAC. Wynne plans to pursue a masters in sport and fitness administration.