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Okafor Named McLendon Scholarship Finalist

Ifeatu Okafor was named a finalist for the prestigious John McLendon Scholarship Award on Wednesday.

June 6, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa - Ifeatu Okafor was named a finalist for the prestigious John McLendon Postgraduate Scholarship award Wednesday as announced by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

A redshirt junior thrower, Okafor is one of 11 finalists for the $10,000 scholarship which is awarded to five student-athletes for use towards postgraduate studies in athletics administration.

"She is just so deserving," head track and field coach Wes Kittley said. "From day one she has just been at the top of her class. She is tremendous, not only for being an All-American and phenomenal athlete, but also in the classroom. She is a leader in community service as well. It just tells you what kind of person she is and also why she is coming to school, which is to get an education first."

Okafor was named to the Academic All-Big 12 first team earlier this year after earning a 4.0 grade point average.

A two-time All-American in the shot put, Okafor has consistently been a leader amongst Texas Tech student-athletes in community service.

Her nomination was forwarded to the John McLendon Minority Blue Ribbon Committee to be selected by the 17-member selection Committee which includes 11 athletic directors from across the country as well as leaders in the sports industry.

Students nominated for the scholarship were required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale and have demonstrated leadership qualities on an institutional or community level.



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