June 3, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Dominique Alexander, who recently completed his four-year career with the Ohio State men's lacrosse team, is one of 11 finalists for a 2013 John McLendon Postgraduate Scholarship, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced Monday. The John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Awards are presented to senior-level minority students who intend to pursue a graduate degree in athletics administration. Students are required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale and have demonstrated leadership qualities on an institutional or community level.
The names of the finalists were forwarded to the John McLendon Memorial Minority Blue Ribbon Committee by the John McLendon Awards Selection Committee for final consideration. The Selection Committee consists of several respected minority athletics directors and administrators, including past McLendon scholarship recipients.
Alexander, from Baldwin, N.Y., was a co-captain on the 2013 Ohio State squad that captured the ECAC Tournament title, was the first Buckeye team to host an NCAA Championship game and became the second Ohio State squad to reach the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. A physical education teacher education major who earned USILA Scholar All-America accolades, he is a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and three-time Academic All-Big Ten and ECAC All-Academic Team choice. He has been involved in community service efforts, working with organizations including Lacrosse the Nations, Honor Flight, Match for Kim and Second and Seven.
Alexander started all 17 games for the Buckeyes in 2013, playing a variety of roles for the Buckeyes - first line midfielder and short stick defensive middie (including on man-down defense) and took wings on faceoffs. An ECAC All-Tournament Team honoree, he had a career-high 20 assists, 29 points and 28 groundballs in 2013. Alexander played in 62 games for the Scarlet and Gray in his career, with 47 goals, 48 assists and 95 points. A fifth-round draft pick of the Ohio Machine in Major League Lacrosse, he joined the team following the conclusion of the Buckeyes' season.
The John McLendon Memorial Minority Blue Ribbon Committee, who are responsible for selecting the recipients for the McLendon Scholarship include the following individuals: Troy Arthur, director of institutional performance program, NCAA; Alvin Attles, formerly of the Golden State Warriors and 2009 McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame inductee; Bart Byrd, associate athletics director for student-athlete services, Baylor University and 2013 N4A President; Charles Davis, lead color analyst, FOX Sports; Byron Daub, director of brand sponsorships, Capital One; Wayne Embry, senior basketball advisor to the president, Toronto Raptors and 2007 Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame inductee; Stan Johnson, executive director, MOAA; Joanna McLendon, McLendon fund administrator; Cory Moss, senior vice president and managing director, Collegiate Licensing Company - an IMG Company; Claire Van Ummersen, vice president, Office of Women in Higher Education; Gene Washington, former director of football development, NFL and 2009 Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame inductee; Bob Watson, former vice president of on-field operations, Major League Baseball and 2009 Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame inductee; and Bruce Wimbish, senior marketing and communications manager, Greater Columbus Sports Commission.
The winners will each receive a $10,000 scholarship to be used towards postgraduate studies in athletics administration. Funding for the scholarship program has been provided in part by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA); Capital One; the Cleveland Cavaliers; Major League Baseball (MLB); the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A); the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC); the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA); the National Basketball Association (NBA); the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA); and Sears, Roebuck and Co.
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