MEAC Announces 2017 Nike Post-Graduate Scholarship Recipients

Courtesy: MEAC Media Relations
          Release: 06/12/2017
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NORFOLK, Va., June 12, 2017—The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) has announced that Morgan State University's Jada Boyd and Dorian Claggett of North Carolina A&T State University are the 2017 recipients of the Nike Post-Graduate Scholarship.

“I would like to thank Nike for being the corporate partner for this award,” Commissioner Dr. Dennis Thomas said. “In addition, I would like to congratulate the individuals who achieved this honor through their academic and athletic excellence, and I wish them well in their future endeavors.”

Both Boyd and Claggett were track & field student-athletes at their respective institutions. Boyd majored in Physical Education – Pre-Professional Physical Therapy with a GPA of 3.958, while Claggett majored in Sports Science Fitness Management: Pre-Physical Therapy with a GPA of 3.74.

Boyd and Claggett have each completed their undergraduate degrees.

Boyd has been admitted to the Doctoral program in Physical Therapy at Duke University, where she will begin this coming fall. Upon receiving her doctorate degree, she plans to use her academic, research, practical and personal experiences to advance therapeutic approaches to treat sports-related injuries. She would like to have a positive impact on athletes who have been affected physically and psychologically by sports-related injuries and eventually manage her own sports physical therapy clinic.

Claggett intends to pursue a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. After spending three years in the graduate program, he plans to embark on a career as an orthopedic physical therapist. His interest in the field of sports medicine began in 2011, when he suffered a hamstring pull during a high school meet. After months of physical therapy, he recovered and won a state championship; since then, he has had a tremendous desire to have the same impact on people's lives.

Since 2000, the MEAC has awarded two post-graduate scholarships in the amount of $5,000 to a deserving male and female student-athlete for their outstanding academic and athletic performance. In order to receive the scholarship, a student-athlete must be in his or her final season of intercollegiate athletics eligibility and competition under MEAC and NCAA regulations for the sport in which he or she was nominated.

Additional criteria include a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), having performed with distinction as a member of the varsity team in the sport in which he or she has been nominated, the intention to enroll in a graduate degree program at an academically-accredited graduate or professional school, and having been an outstanding citizen as a student-athlete and excellent role model for the institution.

Nike, a longtime corporate partner with the MEAC, entered into a multi-year agreement with the MEAC this past September to become the official apparel, accessory and equipment provider for the conference until 2020. The MEAC currently has a conference-wide footwear agreement with Nike, and the apparel, accessory and equipment agreement encompasses 10 of the conference's institutions.

The MEAC's Nike Post-Graduate Scholarships are also part of that agreement.

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