Posted: May 03, 2019
The USA South Athletic Conference released the recipients of the 2019 Postgraduate Scholarship, as the Scots swept the awards for this season.
On the men's side, Maryville College Soccer's Ian Schomer was named the 2019 recipient, while MC Volleyball's Taylor Youell took home the award on the women's side of competition.
Youell and Shomer mark the second and third Scots to claim the USA South Postgraduate Scholarship in the past two seasons, as the duo joins baseball standout Evan Ezell from last year. This program is a one-year, one-time, renewable $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. It is renewable up to two years.
The selections were 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.
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-America Team member. The senior earned First Team Academic All-America honors this season.
Schomer majored in Mathematics and maintained a 4.0 cumulative grade point average. His 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.