Texas A&M University-Commerce's Alex Shillow has been recognized as one of eight winners of this year's John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Award, as announced Monday.
Shillow (Pflugerville) is entering his redshirt junior season on the Lion Football team and was a team captain in 2018. He is the chair of the NCAA Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the president of the A&M-Commerce SAAC, which has won the last two Lone Star Conference SAAC Cups. A second team all-LSC selection, Shillow is a recipient of the 2018 Hunt County African American Leadership Conference - MLK Social Justice Award and a three-time LSC Commissioner's Honor Roll honoree. He plans to pursue an advanced degree in athletics administration or business administration at A&M-Commerce.
Of the eight national winners of the award this year, Shillow is one of three who is earning his bachelor's degree from a Division II institution, and the only one who is completing his graduate work at a Division II school.
"On behalf of the McLendon Foundation, we would like to congratulate this year's scholarship recipients," stated McLendon Foundation President and Director of Athletics at Georgetown University, Lee Reed. "Coach McLendon believed deeply in the value of education and we are proud to honor his legacy by supporting the continued educational pursuits of these eight future leaders."
Funding for the John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship 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); Capital One; and Sears, Roebuck and Co. As of the 2018-19 academic year, the John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Program has awarded over 100 scholarships, totaling over $1 million.