SPARTANBURG, S.C. (April 5, 2018) –The Southern Conference announced its 10 postgraduate scholarship recipients for the 2017-18 academic year Thursday.
ETSU had two student-athletes receive scholarships as cross county/track and field’s Macy Carrier (Bluff City, Tenn.)and football’s Hunter Wike (Canton, N.C.) earned the award. Carrier received the Insurance Office of America Scholarship and Wike received the Bob McCloskey Insurance Scholarship.
The 10 student-athletes will be honored for their accomplishments at the Southern Conference Honors Dinner in Hilton Head Island, S.C., on Tuesday, May 29.
The recipients are nominated by their schools and selected by the Southern Conference Graduate Scholar Committee. The scholarships, worth $2,000 each, are awarded to student-athletes about to receive their undergraduate degrees who intend to pursue advanced degrees in graduate or professional school. The student-athletes are evaluated on academics, athletics and community service.
Macy Carrier – Insurance Office of America Scholarship
ETSU’s Macy Carrier is the recipient of the 2018 Insurance Office of America Scholarship. A distance runner for the Bucs’ cross country and track and field teams, Carrier earned All-SoCon honors with a runner-up finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2016 SoCon Outdoor Track and Field Championships and a third-place showing in the distance medley relay at the 2016 indoor meet and reached the finals of the 3,000-meter run and the 5,000-meter run at the 2017 indoor championships. She also posted top-30 finishes at the SoCon Cross Country Championships each year of her career, earning all-freshman honors in 2014 and serving as a team captain in 2016 and 2017. Carrier has logged more than 1,500 volunteer hours during her collegiate career, largely with The Well, a Christian outreach organization on campus. In addition to serving on the campus outreach team, Carrier took trips with The Well to Bangarapet, India, to lead Vacation Bible School training and to Denham Spring, Louisiana, to help rebuild houses after the area experienced flooding. She has also volunteered with: The Salvation Army on Thanksgiving; Winshape Camp, a Christian camp; Cornerstone Village, an assisted living facility; at the Samaritan’s Purse headquarters to pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child; and with local races. Carrier volunteered in the Occupational Therapy department at Johnson City Medical Center and was an intern at Mini Miracles, a pediatric therapy clinic. She also served as race coordinator for a pair of 5K races, raising more than $8,000 each for Living Water International and for East Tennessee Christian Home and Academy. Carrier, a human services major, boasts a 4.0 GPA and will attend graduate school to further her goal of becoming an occupational therapist.
Hunter Wike – Bob McCloskey Insurance Scholarship
ETSU football player Hunter Wike is one of two recipients of a Bob McCloskey Insurance Scholarship. The wide receiver played in 29 of a possible 33 games in his career, totaling 44 receptions, 557 yards and three touchdowns. He had a career day as a senior against Furman on Sept. 30, 2017, hauling in two passes for a career-best 101 yards that included a 78-yard TD catch, the longest scoring pass play for ETSU since it restarted its football program in 2015. A chemistry major with a 3.88 GPA, Wike intends to attend medical school beginning in the summer of 2019. As a member of the Roan Scholars Leadership Program, Wike has logged more than 250 hours during his four-year career receiving leadership training, guidance and mentoring and was one of just seven Roan Scholars in ETSU’s entering first-year class in 2013. As a member of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, he has volunteered with March of Dimes, Relay for Life and with the homeless community in Johnson City and gathered canned goods to donate to a local food pantry. Wike is also still active in a student organization he founded in high school, the Pisgah Athletics Student Community Outreach, which serves low-income, special needs and foster children, and has provided more than $10,000 worth of Christmas gifts to the Broyhill Children’s Home in Clyde, North Carolina, over the last five years. During his gap year, he plans to becoming more involved with PASCO and expand the program further into the community. Wike has also worked as an Upward Bound residential advisory, served as a Broyhill Children’s Home activities coordinator and worked as a ETSU BIGs program mentor.
This year’s honorees include: Dave Hart Scholarship recipient Brandon Barbery (VMI); Dorothy Hicks Scholarship recipient Katherine Beuerlein (Wofford); Insurance Office of America Scholarship recipient Macy Carrier (ETSU); David Knight Scholarship recipient Madyson Riegel (The Citadel); Bob McCloskey Insurance Scholarship recipients Hunter Wike (ETSU) and Meghan Rud (Mercer); William V. Moore Scholarship presented by McMillan Pazdan Smith recipient Ellie Gerlach (Samford); Milliken & Co. Scholarship recipient Megan Woods (Chattanooga); Sports Medicine Institute Scholarship presented by Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System recipient Kassandra Flores (Western Carolina); and Southern Conference Presidential Scholarship recipient Brittany Houston (Furman).
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The Southern Conference, in its 97th season of intercollegiate competition, is a national leader in emphasizing the development of the student-athlete and helping build lifelong leaders and role models. The conference has been on the forefront of innovation and originality in developing creative solutions to address issues facing intercollegiate athletics. From establishing the first conference basketball tournament (1921) to tackling the issues of freshman eligibility (1922) to developing women’s championships (1984) to becoming the first conference to install the 3-point goal in basketball (1980), the Southern Conference has been a pioneer. The Southern Conference is the nation’s fifth-oldest NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association.
The conference currently consists of 10 members in six states throughout the Southeast and sponsors 22 varsity sports and championships that produce participants for NCAA Division I Championships.