GEORGETOWN, KY – Female and male Georgetown College athletes who exemplify academics, leadership, and good character on- and off-the-field are eligible to benefit in their senior year from a new endowed scholarship established by Converse, Inc.
The Reed-Allen Character in Sports Endowed Scholarship, as it will be known, honors Hall of Fame sports journalist Billy Reed, a former Executive Scholar-in-Residence at Georgetown College, and David Allen, Vice President and General Manager, North America Converse.
Under Mr. Allen’s leadership, Converse, Inc. was the principal underwriter for the 2012 40th anniversary reunion at Georgetown College and in Lexington of the entire 1972 Olympic basketball team. Mr. Reed, then director of the College’s Academy for Character in Sport, along with 1971 Georgetown College alumnus Kenny Davis, who captained the Olympic team, spearheaded that first-ever gathering of these outstanding former athletes.
Nominations for the new scholarship may be made in a student’s junior year by coaches or faculty members no later than November 15. Nominees must be full-time students, maintain a 2.5 or above GPA, be a demonstrated leader of good academics and character, and have financial need.
A committee comprised of former 1972 Olympic basketball team members and Converse, Inc. staff will review the nominations and make recommendations to the College’s Office of Student Financial Planning. Final selection will be determined by the College’s president and athletic director.
Recipients will be announced at the annual Athletic Hall of Fame banquet. The award, divided equally between a female and male athlete, is then available for use during the students’ senior year.
Nominations are now being accepted for the first scholarship award to be presented for the 2014-2015 academic year. Anyone interested in nominating current Georgetown College athletes should contact Brian Evans, athletic director, at 502-863-8223, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.