Abernethy, Ferree Named Ole Miss Nominees for McWhorter Scholarship

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Basketball player Todd Abernethy and soccer player Ashley Ferree have been nominated by Ole Miss for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete 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 Southeastern Conference will name the 2007 recipients of the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship on April 6 in conjunction with National Student-Athlete Day.

Abernethy, a senior from Carmel, Ind., has earned a 3.32 grade point average, majoring in Banking and Finance.  He is a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll (2006-07 list announced later in spring) and has received first team Academic All-District distinction twice during his time at Ole Miss.

A four-year letterman and three-year starter, Abernethy earned SEC All-Freshman Team honors in 2003-04 and was the SEC's Sixth Man of the Year in 2004-05, as voted by the league's coaches.  He was a team captain for the final three years and finished his Rebel career with over 1,000 career points and ranked in the top five in assists and three-point field goals made.

This season, Abernethy was named All-SEC by the league's coaches in helping the Rebels win a Western Division championship. He led the conference in assists per game and assist/turnover ratio, in which he also among the best in the NCAA.

A two-time SEC Good Works Team recipient, Abernethy has been active in the Rebel community as a member of the Ole Miss Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.  He has volunteered at the local Boys and Girls Club, spoke to various youth groups and churches and is a leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  He is the current president of the M-Club. 

Ferree, a senior from Cordova, Tenn., has a 3.94 grade point average, majoring in Exercise Science.  She was a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and a four-time member of the Ole Miss Chancellor's Honor Roll.  She was named to the Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities in 2006 and 2007.

She was also a Taylor Medalist Nominee in 2007 as well as a member of the Mortar Board Honor Society, the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society and the M-Club Honor Society.  Recently, Ferree was named one of 10 University seniors to the UM Hall of Fame, one of the school's most prestigious honors.

A four-year letterwinner for the Lady Rebels as a defender, Ferree served as team captain in 2006.  She helped lead Ole Miss to the Western Division title in 2005 and to two NCAA appearances in 2003 and 2005. 

A member of the SEC Good Works Team, she has been Ole Miss' Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President from 2005-07 and was Treasurer in 2004-05.  She has been active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Habitat for Humanity, Reading with the Rebels, Angel Tree and Ronald McDonald House.

National Student-Athlete Day was created in 1987 by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports <http://www.ncasports.org> (NCAS) and Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society <http://www.sportinsociety.org>, and presented by the National Collegiate Athletics Association <http://www.ncaa.org> (NCAA) and the National Federation of State High School Associations.

National Student-Athlete Day is held each April 6 to celebrate outstanding student-athletes who have achieved excellence in academics and athletics while having made significant contributions to the community. It is also a time to recognize those parents, teachers, coaches and school systems which make it possible for young people to find the balance between academics and athletics.

Each year, the SEC, in conjunction with AT&T, an SEC Corporate Champion, provides the league's male and female McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients with a $10,000 post-graduate scholarship.  The 22 remaining male and female finalists for the award will also receive a $5,000 post-graduate scholarship.  The award recipients are chosen by a committee of Faculty Athletics Representatives from the 12 SEC institutions and are honored at the SEC Spring Meetings in Sandestin, Fla. on May 31.

Last year's recipients were Florida basketball player Sarah Lowe and LSU football player Rudy Niswanger.


 

 

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