FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (ArkansasRazorbacks.com) – University of Arkansas student-athletes Alfred Davis and Kelci Lewis are among the finalists for the 2013 Southeastern Conference Brad Davis SEC Community Service post-graduate scholarship, the league office announced today.
"Congratulations to Alfred and Kelci for their nominations for this prestigious award," said Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long. "They are both outstanding representatives of the University of Arkansas and Razorback Athletics. Alfred and Kelci have embraced the opportunity as student-athletes to give back to their community in a meaningful way. They are also shining examples of how intercollegiate athletics continues to provide student-athletes an opportunity to reach their fullest potential academically, athletically and socially at the University of Arkansas."
Davis is a member of the Razorback football team, who earned his bachelor's degree in recreation and sport management in May, 2012. He is a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and his community service activities include volunteering with Lift Up America, working with area food banks in Northwest Arkansas, and reading to local elementary children with the Book Hogs Read to Win and Read Across America programs. Davis earned the Red Tie Spirit of the Razorback award and was on a four-year academic scholarship at Arkansas. The College Park, Ga., native is the son of Alfred Davis, Sr., and Jeanette Johnson.
Lewis is a Razorback gymnastic who will lead her team into the NCAA Regional Championship later this week. A native of Van Buren, Ark., Lewis is working towards her degree in kinesiology, applied exercise science and expects to graduate in May.
Lewis is an academic All-American and member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. She was selected to the SEC's Community Service team for gymnastics, is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and is a member of the Arkansas academic honor roll for multiple semesters. Lewis' community service activities include serving as the liaison for Show with SAAC, working with area elementary schools to provide holiday gifts for underprivileged children, Helping Like a Hog Week volunteer, assisting the Arkansas Alumni Association organize a week of random acts of kindness for students across the nation, and volunteering with Reading with the Gymbacks, Book Hogs, Sweat Hogs, the Fayetteville Animal Shelter and the Girl Scout Fun Olympics.
Lewis is the daughter of Ron and Gina Lewis.
The SEC has named 28 student-athletes – one male and one female – from each of the 14 league institutions as finalists for this year's post-graduate award. The overall recipients of the scholarships will be announced April 4. The Davis Award recipients each receive a $10,000 post-graduate scholarship while the 26 remaining finalists will receive a $5,000 award.
The SEC Community Service Award is named for Brad Davis, who succumbed to cancer on March 2, 2006. He had been a member of the SEC staff since 1988, first serving as an assistant commissioner until 1994 when he was promoted to associate commissioner.