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Tiffanne Ryan Receives Prestigious Scholarship

Dec. 17, 2007

Cleveland, Ohio - The six winners, including former Southeast women's basketball player Tiffanne Ryan, for the eighth annual John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Awards were announced today by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).

The winners are:

Student Undergraduate Institution Undergraduate Major

Dorian Burton Penn State University Sociology

Alana McClanahan Duquesne University Sport Marketing/Marketing

Amber McCray University of Florida Journalism

Tiffanne Ryan Southeast Missouri St. Sport Management

Darnell Smith Oklahoma State Univ. Economics

Christina Wright American University Public Communication

The winners will each receive a $10,000 grant to be used towards postgraduate studies in athletics administration. Funding for the scholarship program has been provided in part by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA); the Cleveland Cavaliers; Major League Baseball (MLB); the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC); the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA); the National Basketball Association (NBA); the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA); and Sears, Roebuck and Co.

Minorities (as defined by federal guidelines) who intend to pursue a postgraduate degree in athletics administration are eligible for these scholarships. Students were required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and have demonstrated leadership qualities on an institutional or community level.

Ryan is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University where she earned a degree in sports management with a minor in business administration. Ryan graduated Cum Laude and was on the Dean's list as well as the Commissioner's Honor Roll. She was awarded the Jane Klausman Scholarship and was a NCAA Foundation Leadership Finalist. Ryan was a three-time captain of the Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team. She recently completed a five-month internship with the United States Olympic Committee Paralympics Division. She also has volunteer experience with the Boys and Girls Club of Cape Girardeau and the Next Generation, Regeneration Collegiate Christian Ministries. In addition to the John McLendon Scholarship, Ryan has also been awarded the NCAA Ethnic Minority Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship. Ryan is originally from Newalla, Oklahoma. Ryan is attending Ohio University and is enrolled in the dual degree program - MBA and sport administration.

The John McLendon Memorial Minority Blue Ribbon Committee responsible for selecting the five individual for the McLendon Scholarship include Wayne Embry, senior basketball advisor to the president, Toronto Raptors; Greg Gumbel, CBS Sports; Curt Hamakawa, assistant professor of sport management, Western New England College; Mike Haynes, vice president of player and employee development, National Football League; Jim Kahler, executive director, Center for Sports Administration, Ohio University; Omar Minaya, general manager/executive vice president, baseball operations, New York Mets; Jimmie Lee Solomon, executive vice president of baseball operations, Major League Baseball; Keith Tribble, athletics director, University of Central Florida; Claire Van Ummerson, vice president and director, Office of Women in Higher Education, American Council on Education; Gene Washington, director of football development, NFL; and Charlotte Westerhaus, vice president of diversity and inclusion, National Collegiate Athletic Association.

About the John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Program: The John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Awards are presented to senior-level minority students who intend to pursue a graduate degree in athletics administration. If you have any questions regarding this program, please feel free to call or e-mail Alana McClanahan ( in the NACDA office, 440-892-4000.

About NACDA: NACDA, now in its 43rd year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,100 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 2,300 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. Additionally, NACDA administers 10 professional associations for the separate business units that report directly to the athletics director. For more information, visit



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