Griggs Awarded Bob McCloskey Insurance Big South Conference Graduate Fellowship
May 13, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Senior Cameron Griggs of the Coastal Carolina University track & field team and Liberty University volleyball player Becca Haraf have been awarded the annual Bob McCloskey Insurance Big South Conference Graduate Fellowships, it was announced today by the League office. Bob McCloskey Insurance, a Big South Corporate Partner, will award $2,000 each to Haraf and Griggs for their respective graduate studies on Thursday evening, May 29, as part of the Conference’s Spring Awards Dinner and Hall of Fame Banquet at The Marriott Resort in Hilton Head, S.C.
The Big South Conference Graduate Fellowship Program was established by the league in the fall of 2005 as a means of recognizing the academic excellence of Big South Conference student-athletes who intend to pursue postgraduate studies upon graduation from a Big South Conference institution.
“Bob McCloskey Insurance is once again honored to be able to continue our tradition as a proud corporate partner of the Big South by bestowing these scholarships to these fine student-athletes who clearly are outstanding ambassadors for the Big South,” said Rob McCloskey. “We wish them both much success in the future.”
“I want to congratulate Ms. Haraf and Mr. Griggs for their outstanding undergraduate careers and selection for this prestigious honor,” added Big South Commissioner Kyle B. Kallander. “The entire Big South family is proud of their accomplishments and we wish them the best in their graduate studies. We also are gratified by the continued support of McCloskey Insurance for this worthy award.”
Griggs is completing his fourth year as a member of the Chanticleers’ track & field team. An All-Big South honoree in the discus as a junior, Griggs has 17 top-10 finishes this season with a few meets remaining on the schedule. He has won the discus at three separate events in 2013-14, including the Chanticleer Classic, Battle of the Beaches and the Palmetto Classic. He placed fifth in the discus, eighth in shot put and ninth in the hammer throw at the 2014 Big South Conference Championships. During his career, he has recorded 25 top-10 finishes in the discus, 20 in the shot put and 17 in the hammer throw. Griggs set personal bests of 15.88m (52-1.25) in the shot put and 54.72m (179-6) in the hammer during his junior season and notched a high of 162’7” in the discus as a sophomore in 2012. His 15.88m in the shot put ranks second on Coastal Carolina’s all-time performance list. He has won six events (Hammer Throw: 2013 Battle of the Beaches; Shot Put: 2013 Battle of the Beaches, 2013 North Florida Invitational; Discus: 2014 Chanticleer Classic, 2014 Battle of the Beaches, 2014 Palmetto Classic) during his time in Conway. Griggs is a 3.686 student majoring in exercise and sport science and is seeking a master’s degree in sports performance. He has been accepted to East Tennessee State University for graduate school.
A three-time Big South Presidential Honor Roll member, Griggs is a two-time member of the Coastal Carolina President’s List and Dean’s List and has been a Life Scholar Recipient all four years. He was an NSCA All-American Strength & Conditioning Athlete of the Year in 2013 and was named to the Big South Men’s Outdoor Track & Field All-Academic Team as a junior. Griggs has volunteered with Pee Dee Elementary since his freshman season, assisting with exercise and nutrition. He has been part of Track & Field Days with Myrtle Beach-area elementary schools all four years as well.
Haraf, who was named one of the Big South’s 2013-14 Christenberry Award winners last week, was named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Volleyball Second Team and made back-to-back appearances on the Big South Volleyball All-Academic Team in 2012 and 2013. As a junior, Haraf was honored as the 2012 Big South Volleyball Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The defensive specialist is also a three-time member of the Big South Presidential Honor Roll. Haraf was a solid contributor to the Lady Flames' back-row defense during her time in Lynchburg and finished her senior season ranked third on the team with a 2.37 digs-per-set average. For her career, Haraf totaled 767 digs and 76 aces in 121 career matches and was part of two NCAA Tournament clubs. She collected a career-high 19 digs at Charleston Southern on Oct. 12, 2012. Haraf is a 4.00 student in biology/pre-med. She has been accepted into the University of Toledo’s College of Medicine.
During her time at Liberty, Haraf was on the Dean’s List seven times and received an Undergraduate Research Travel Grant Award from Liberty’s Department of Biology and Chemistry. She also won the Best Presentation Award from the Virginia Academy of Science Annual Meeting at VCU. Haraf has been a member of the Virginia Science Academy, Liberty University Scientific Research Society and Epigenetics Club since her junior year. She also spent two years as an Independent Researcher for Liberty’s Department of Biology and Chemistry. Haraf has volunteered with the Special Olympics, Gleaning for the World, Liberty Flames Kids Club and various fundraising events while at Liberty.
Nominations for the Graduate Fellowship are made by the Faculty Athletics Representative or the Chief Academic Officer at a Big South member institution and are limited to one male and one female at each school. To qualify for the Big South Conference Graduate Fellowship, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Have an overall undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 3.500 or better based on a maximum 4.000, or the equivalent in other recognized grading systems;
- Have competed in intercollegiate athletics as a member of a varsity team at a Big South Conference member institution;
- Must be either a graduating senior during the academic year of the award or be enrolled in a graduate program at a Big South Conference institution while completing the last year of eligibility;
- Intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree and enroll in a graduate degree program at a properly accredited, nonprofit educational institution or into a post-baccalaureate professional degree program at a professionally accredited law school, medical school or the equivalent, without restriction as to the national site of the institution;
- Have evidenced superior character and superior leadership;
- Have demonstrated that participation in athletics and community service has been a positive influence on the nominee’s personal and intellectual development. Relative success in athletics is important but not of overriding significance;
- Enroll in a graduate degree program the term subsequent to being awarded the fellowship or present a rationale for deferred matriculation.