April 3, 2007
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Track & field athlete Katie Flaute has been nominated by the University of Tennessee 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.
Flaute, a senior from Beavercreek, Ohio, has a 3.91 grade point average, with a major in Exercise Science and a minor in Adolescent Health. She is a four-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and has earned Dean's List honors in each semester at Tennessee. She has made the Thornton Center Honor Roll and Lady Vol Honor Roll each year and was voted ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV first team in 2005 and 2006 by the College Sports Information Directors of America and was a second-team academic all-district selection in 2004.
A four-year letterwinner, she is the team captain of the Lady Vol cross country squad. She is a three-time All-SEC and three-time All-Region performer. She was voted MVP of her 2006 squad and most improved in 2004 and 2005. During her career, she helped Tennessee win three SEC Championship meets and three NCAA South Region titles. She was named the UT Track Freshman of the Year in 2003 and is ranked fourth all-time at Tennessee in the 10,000 meters outdoors and third all-time at UT in the 5000 meters and seventh in the 3000m indoors.
Flaute was the UT track team volunteer of the year in 2003 and has also volunteered with Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity and Adopt-A-Family. She has served as a high school cross country camp counselor, read to elementary school children and worked as a lifeguard at a camp swimming pool.
National Student-Athlete Day was created in 1987 by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) and Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society, and presented by the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).
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.