Quartet nominated for SEC scholarships

Quartet nominated for SEC scholarships
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POSTED: Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 1:30pm

UPDATED: Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 1:34pm

Softball's Brittany Mack along with Matt Vieke from the swimming and diving program are LSU's nominees for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship. The SEC office also announced Wednesday that softball's Ashley Applegate and Cullen Doody from cross country/track and field are LSU's candidates for the Brad Davis Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship. 

The H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship has been presented by the Southeastern Conference since 1986 to the league's top male and female scholar-athletes. 

The SEC Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship was named for former Associate Commissioner Brad Davis.  Davis succumbed to cancer on March 2, 2006.  He had been a member of the SEC staff since 1988, first serving as an assistant commissioner until 1994 when he was promoted to associate commissioner.

A right fielder on the softball team from Modesto, Calif., Applegate has started in 30 of 31 games during the 2012 season. She is approaching the program's Top 10 in career walks and is one of 31 players to rack up over 100 career hits.  

Off the field, Applegate has been program's representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and secured a trio of SEC Community Service Team honors. She has been involved in a variety of projects ranging from the Big Buddy Mentoring Program to providing individualized reading assistance for students. Applegate has already received her B.S. degree in Elementary Education in December 2011 and is on-track to earn a Masters of Education in December 2013.

Doody, a native of Arabi, has been a two-time LSU Cross Country Runner of the Year award honoree and was selected team captain of the 2011 squad. He was the Tigers best finisher at both the SEC and NCAA Regional championships.

Doody is a three-time LSU's Chancellor Award recipient and secured the Wally Pontiff, Jr. Academic Excellence Award. He is involved in numerous community service projects and is scheduled to earn his B.S. degree in Biological Sciences in May 2012. 
Hailing from Round Rock, Texas, Mack is well on her way to becoming one of the most decorated pitchers in LSU history. She has already garnered NFCA All-America Third-Team and All-SEC First-Team accolades during the 2011 season. The reigning SEC Pitcher of the Week recently became the fifth hurler to eclipse 500 career strikeouts and reach the 50-win plateau.

Mack, a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS award, created and championed the "Geaux Play" program. Through her relationship with Miracle League Association at Cypress Mounds, she has challenged the LSU softball community to share the gift of sports with special needs children by bringing new or gently used sports equipment to home games. Mack will earn her B.S. degree in Kinesiology in May 2012. 

Vieke, a native of Indianapolis, Ind., is a three-time SEC Championships and NCAA Zone qualifier. He recently turned in a score of 352.60 on the one-meter springboard, the fifth-best in program history. On the platform dive, Vieke garnered a 314.75 en route to the program's fourth-highest mark.  

Vieke has secured the prestigious Tiger Athletic Foundation's Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2010 along with the 2011 Wally Pontiff, Jr. Academic Excellence Award. He is scheduled to earn his B.S. degree in Management in May 2012 and is a 2011-12 inductee and member of the Society of Rucks Fellows, which is awarded to top 10 graduating management seniors.

The Southeastern Conference will name the 2012 recipients of the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship on April 6 in conjunction with National Student-Athlete Day.  The Davis Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship winners will be announced on April 5.


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