USA South Postgraduate Scholarship

The USA South Athletic Conference's Postgraduate Scholarship is a one-year, one-time, renewable (two years total) $1,500 per-year scholarship awarded annually to one female and one male student-athlete who participated at a USA South institution and meet the stated criteria. The selections are made by a panel of institutional Faculty Athletic Representatives (FAR) along with USA South Conference Office personnel. 
To be eligible, the applicant must be a graduating senior by the spring term of the current academic year, earned two varsity letters in a USA South sponsored sport, accumulated at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale and be nominated by their institution's FAR. The applicants were asked to complete an application form signed by the FAR, supply two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a faculty member in the nominee's major course of study, write an essay describing how being a student-athlete has prepared the nominee for the future and present an official transcript.
The 2019 recipients were Ian Schomer and Taylor Youell, both from Maryville College. 

Ian Schomer - Maryville College

Schomer, a steady figure on defense for the Scot men's soccer team, concluded his collegiate career this past fall as a member of three USA South regular season championship teams and two League tournament title squads. He was a four-time member of the USA South Academic All-Conference team, a League All-Sportsmanship Team honoree and a two-time Google Cloud Academic All-American. Schomer majored in Mathematics and maintained a 4.0 cumulative grade point average. Schomer's community service centralized through "Circle K International", for which he acted as vice president for one year and president for two. He worked to connect Maryville College students with local nonprofit groups that needed assistance or engagement. Service projects included Salvation Army bell-ringing, highway pickups with local Kiwanis clubs, a Spikeball tournament fundraiser, and food packing with Second Harvest. The culmination of the club's efforts was the creation and development of an international service and cultural engagement trip in Cabo Verde, Africa. Schomer led a group of eight students along with two faculty members around the island of Santiago, meeting with English majors at several universities in order to experience mutual cultural education and provide future networking opportunities for students looking to transition to the United States after graduation. Finally, Schomer will be attending the University of Tennessee Knoxville to earn a Master's of Science in Electrical Engineering focusing on applying AI techniques to the context of power systems problems. Potential applications include modeling the integration of renewable energy technology into the grid and developing algorithms to optimize real-time, distribution-level market transactions. 


Taylor Youell - Maryville College

Youell concluded her time on the volleyball court this past fall for the Scots as a setter. She appeared in 81 career matches and was a two-time member of the USA South All-Sportsmanship Team. In the classroom, Youell majored in Finance/Accounting and Child Development/Learning, accumulating a 3.95 cumulative grade point average. This academic success helped land her on the USA South Academic All-Conference Team four times. Youell had the opportunity to participate in various community service projects during her time at Maryville College including volunteering at an Alzheimer's walk, cleaning up debris around the College's community and reading to children at local elementary schools. Additionally, she is a member and, this past year, was the Treasurer of Maryville's chapter of "Nonprofit Leadership Alliance". This group puts together and participates in service events such as KT Weekend, where Maryville alumni, current students, and faculty/staff join to create a positive environmental impact on the campus. Finally, Youell plans to attend Auburn University for graduate school, entering the Human Development and Family Studies Master's of Science program with a potential goal of gaining a Ph.D. The program at Auburn will prepare her to either enter the nonprofit workforce or pursue a research career.


Past Winners (Click on the year to learn more):

Samm Chandler, Averett University   |   Evan Ezell, Maryville College