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Vanderbilt nominees for 2019 McWhorter Award announced

25 days ago
SEC Staff
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Khari Blasingame of the Vanderbilt football team and Kristin Quah of the Commodore women's bowling program have been nominated for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship by Vanderbilt University.

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 2019 recipients of the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship on April 25.

Highlights of Vanderbilt's nominees include:

KHARI BLASINGAME, Vanderbilt, Football
Major: Medicine, Health and Society

  • Four-year letterwinner for the Commodores, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Played in 48 games, arriving as a linebacker before switching to running back.
  • In Blasingame's final season in 2018, he ran for 401 yards and five touchdowns while adding 25 catches for 320 yards and a score.
  • Blasingame helped Vanderbilt reach two bowl games during his last three seasons
  • Off the field, Blasingame earned a bachelor's degree in medicine, health and society in May 2017 and is currently working toward a master's of education from Vanderbilt's Peabody College.
  • He carries a 4.0 grade-point average in graduate studies in leadership and organizational performance.
  • Dean's List four times
  • SEC Academic Honor Roll five times
  • Career goal is to become a leader in healthcare administration.
  • Blasingame has been involved in numerous off-field activities as a student-athlete at Vanderbilt, including Camp Vandy, the Nashville Rescue Mission, Impact with Backpacks and Walk for Wishes.
  • Member of Vanderbilt's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

KRISTIN QUAH, Vanderbilt, Bowling
Major: Biomedical and Electrical Engineering

  • Three-time All-American, 2016, 2017, 2018 • One of nation's best spare shooters
  • Helped the Commodores win the Southland Bowling League in 2017 before playing a key role in Vanderbilt's NCAA title in 2018.
  • Was named to nine all-tournament teams during her career, winning four times
  • Prior to Vanderbilt, Quah was a member of Singapore's national team from 2011-2015
  • Two-time winner of NCAA's prestigious Elite 90 Award at the NCAA Bowling Championship for having the highest GPA (3.95) of all competitors, 2018, 2019
  • Seven-time honoree on the Vanderbilt dean's list
  • Three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient
  • Won the Biomedical Engineering Society's Undergraduate Student Design and Research Award, 2018
  • Member of Tau Beta Pi and IEEE-ETA Kappa Nu Honor Societies as well as a Vanderbilt Undergraduate Littlejohn Summer Research Scholar
  • Active participant in SAAC at Vanderbilt and taken part in the group's holiday party and field day, which benefit Nashville-area elementary schools
  • Volunteered with Feed the Children and served as a department tutor at the School of Engineering at Vanderbilt
  • Next year, Quah will pursue her Ph. D. while doing MRI research at Stanford University

Each year, the SEC, in conjunction with AT&T, an SEC official sponsor, provides the league's male and female McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Scholarship recipients with a $20,000 post-graduate scholarship. The 26 remaining male and female finalists for the award will also receive a $10,000 post-graduate scholarship.

The award recipients are chosen by a committee of Faculty Athletics Representatives from the 14 SEC institutions and are honored at the SEC Spring Meetings in Sandestin, Fla., in late May.

Last year's McWhorter Award recipients were University of Tennessee football player Parker Henry and LSU volleyball player Kelly Quinn.