Brown, Sterling Named McWhorter Finalists

April 3, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Jasmine Brown of the volleyball team and diver Brent Sterling were announced as Tennessee's finalists for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Award on Wednesday.

Twenty-eight Southeastern Conference student-athletes - one male and one female from each of the SEC's 14 institutions - have been nominated for the annual honor.

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 $15,000 post-graduate scholarship. The 26 remaining male and female finalists for the award will also receive a $7,500 post-graduate scholarship.

The recipients of the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Awards will be revealed on April 5.

The SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award was first presented in 1986. The honor was renamed the H. Boyd McWhorter SEC Scholar-Athletes of the Year in May 1990 to honor the former commissioner who served the conference from 1972-86.

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. on May 30.

Last year's McWhorter Award recipients were South Carolina baseball player Michael Roth and Georgia swimmer Wendy Trott.

Sterling and Brown are profiled below:

Brent Sterling, Diving (Male McWhorter Nominee)
• Expected to graduate with a B.S. degree in biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology in May 2013.
• Received the 2012 and 2013 NCAA Elite 89 Award at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships and is a first-team Academic All-American.
• An SEC Academic Honor Roll selection who, in 2012, was recognized as the Scholar-Athlete of the Year among all male athlete at the University of Tennessee.
• Earned four-time recognition by the Athletics Board for having the highest GPA among all student-athletes in his class.
• A two-time SEC finalist and three-time NCAA participant as a diver. Earned 2013 honorable mention All-America honors on the 1-meter springboard. Has been a four-time qualifier for U.S. nationals, including being a two-time semifinalist in 2008 and 2012.
• Became just the ninth diver in Tennessee history to break 400 points in the three-meter event.
• Highly involved in the community, including working with the Radiology Department at UT and volunteering with Feed The Homeless, the Second Harvest Food Bank of Knoxville, Walk for the cure and the Red Cross.
• A native of Knoxville, Tenn., he is the son of Robert and Nancy Sterling.

Jasmine Brown, Volleyball (Female McWhorter Nominee)
• Expected to graduate with a B.S. degree in social work in May 2013.
• A member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and the Dean's List, maintaining a cumulative 3.92 grade point average.
• A VolScholar who helped her team earn the American Volleyball Coaches Association Academic Team Award.
• Named to the 2012 SEC Community Service Team. A four-year letterwinner for the Tennessee volleyball program that won the 2011 SEC Championship and appeared in the NCAA Tournament in each of her four seasons.
• Collaborated with two classmates to create a proposal to submit to the "Ready for the World" committee of the University of Tennessee, designed to increase intercultural awareness. Created an idea to have nine countries presented by two natives of those countries, presenting to the audience with social, economic or political problems plaguing their own countries. Hosted a conference in November 2012.
• Volunteered with Teams and Toys as the team representative, visited East Tennessee Hospital, participated in Soles for Souls and Habitat for Humanity, among her community service activities.
• A native of Chattanooga, Tenn., she is the granddaughter of Bessie Durden.





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