BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (April 26, 2021) - Allen Hamilton of the Kentucky men's golf team and Avery Skinner of the Wildcat volleyball team have been nominated for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship by the University of Kentucky.
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 2021 recipients of the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship on May 18.
Highlights of Kentucky's nominees include:
ALLEN HAMILTON, Kentucky, Men's Golf
Major: Finance and Economics
- Will graduate in May and owns a 3.893 grade-point average
- Three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member
- Eight-time Dean's List selection
- N4A Wilma Rudolph Student-Athlete of the Month, 2021
- Early Wave Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar, 2019-20
- Has volunteered with God's Pantry and junior golf clinics
- Appeared in more than 20 events and played in more than 60 rounds in his career
- Has three career top-20 finishes and two top-10 finishes, including a career-best tie for fourth at the Bearcat Invitational in 2019
- Led the Wildcats in scoring and top-20 finishes his junior season
- Tied for second at the Genesis Open Collegiate Showcase where he played alongside PGA Tour member J.B. Holmes, just missing out on being the automatic amateur qualifier for the PGA Event
AVERY SKINNER, Kentucky
Volleyball Major: Double major in Communication Studies and Disorders; Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education
- Carries a 3.91 GPA
- Helped lead Kentucky to the 2021 Volleyball National Championship and was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team
- First-team All-American, All-Region and All-SEC
- AVCA All-Region Team, 2021
- All-SEC team, 2021
- Has helped lead Kentucky to four-straight SEC Championships
- Averaging 3.94 kills per set with a hitting percentage of .348
- Earned SEC Player of the Week honors and SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors, 2021
- Academic All-SEC selection
- Participated in mission trip to Ethiopia where she fed children, visited orphanages and hospitals.
- Has volunteered in the NICU at St. Joseph's Hospital, UK Early Childhood Education Lab and the Lexington Hearing and Speech Center
- Had over 100 kills during her career in NCAA Tournament play, including 64 in Kentucky's run to the 2021 national championship - 33 of which came in the national semifinals and finals