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 women's side, Maryville College Volleyball's Taylor Youell was named the 2019 recipient, while Maryville College Soccer's Ian Schomer took home the award on the men'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.
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. The setter crossed the 1,000 career sets during her senior campaign, finishing her Orange and Garnet career with 1,250 assists. She held a 4.50 assists per set average, while recording 535 digs and 80 aces.
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. She also 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, Youell 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 Ken Takahashi 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.