Katie Stripling nominated for post-graduate scholarship

Fayetteville (UofA) - BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 19 – Track & field athlete Katie Stripling and baseball player Thomas Hauskey have been nominated by the University of Arkansas 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 2010 recipients of the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship on April 6 in conjunction with National Student-Athlete Day.

Stripling, a senior from Jonesboro, has earned a 3.96 grade point average, majoring in Kinesiology and Exercise Science.  She is a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll (2010 Spring Honor Roll announced later in spring).  She is an eight-time University of Arkansas Department of Athletics Academic Champion.

She was named to the ESPN The Magazine / CoSIDA Academic All-America Team in 2009 and is a three-time member of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association All-Academic Team.  She has also been named the University of Arkansas Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year for 2009-10.

Athletically, Stripling is one of the nation's top pole vaulters. Most recently, at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships, she finished fifth to earn her fourth career All-America honor. In 2009, she finished third at the NCAA Indoor Championships and fifth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. She is a three-time SEC Champion and All-SEC performer in the pole vault.  Outdoors, she owns the school record and the SEC Championship record with a clearance of 14-5.25 at the 2009 SEC Championships.

In the Fayetteville community, she has helped host underprivileged children at a local fun park for three years.  As a member of the "Sweat Hogs," she has visited local elementary schools to demonstrate exercises and instill the importance of being physically active.  She has also volunteered at local high school track meets and track clinics as an official.

Hauskey, a native of Springdale, earned his undergraduate degree in Accounting and Finance in the spring of 2009.  He is currently working toward a Masters of Accountancy at Arkansas.  He is a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll (2010 Spring Honor Roll announced later in spring) and has won the Lon Ferrell Academic Award at Arkansas four times.

He has earned Dean's List and Razorback Athletic Directors honors for six semesters.  He has earned the University of Arkansas Chancellor's Scholarship and the Walton College of Business Honors Fellowship every semester at Arkansas.

A member of the Razorback College World Series team in 2009, Hauskey was the designated hitter and and a key reserve.  In 18 games played, he hit .308 with a .357 on base percentage and a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.

Hauskey is a member of Who's Who in America's Colleges and Universities and the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.  As a member of the Beta Alpha Psi accounting/finance fraternity, he has volunteered in food drives, park clean-up programs, children's programs and the Race for the Cure.  He also helped raise funds with the baseball team to provide gifts to underprivileged families during the holiday season.