Marcus Hilliard

University of Tennessee Brother Awarded McLendon Postgraduate Scholarship Award

Brother Marcus Hilliard, Iota Alpha '07 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville is one of five to win the 13th annual John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Awards through the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation. 

Brother Hilliard attended the University of Tennessee, where he earned an undergraduate degree in communication studies. He was a student equipment manager for the Vols' football program. Brother Hilliard was also a member of the UTK chapter of NAACP and the Student African-American Brotherhood (SAAB). In addition to the service he provided through APO, he also volunteered in the community with the Knox County Boys and Girls Club and the Love Kitchen. 

After graduation, Hilliard worked at Duke University as a marketing assistant, assistant ticket manager and staff specialist for administration. Hilliard is currently pursuing a master's degree in physical education - athletics administration at North Carolina Central University. He is active in the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, The Young Professional Experience (TYPE), Black Coaches and Administrators of America (BCA) and a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and John Avery's Boys and Girls Club. 

In the spring of 2012, Capital One partnered with the McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation to endow one of the five $10,000 scholarships being presented. The winners will each receive a $10,000 grant to be used towards postgraduate studies in athletics administration. Funding for the scholarship program 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); and Sears, Roebuck and Co.

In the spring of 2012, Capital One partnered with the McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation to endow one of the five $10,000 scholarships being presented. This year's Capital One McLendon Scholarship winner is Orlando Gunn of Louisiana State University.

"Capital one is delighted to award this scholarship to Orlando Gunn," said Byron Daub, senior director of sponsorships for Capital One. "We are honored to have the opportunity to help Orlando achieve academic success as he pursues a graduate degree in athletics administration."

The winners will each receive a $10,000 grant to be used towards postgraduate studies in athletics administration. Funding for the scholarship program 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); and Sears, Roebuck and Co.

Minorities (as defined by federal guidelines) who intend to pursue a postgraduate degree in athletics administration are eligible for these scholarships. Students were required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and have demonstrated leadership qualities on an institutional or community level.

About the John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Program: The John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Awards are presented to senior-level minority students who intend to pursue a graduate degree in athletics administration. If you have any questions regarding this program, please visit www.mclendonminorityfoundation.com.

About NACDA: NACDA, now in its 48th year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,500 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 2,300 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. For more information on NACDA and the 13 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.

Article courtesy of www.nacda.com