Lee Gilmer Awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
July 20, 2012
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Furman graduate Lee Gilmer has been awarded an
NCAA postgraduate scholarship, as announced today by the NCAA
scholarship committee. He is the first Paladin in the history of the
men's track and field/cross country program, and only the 15th Furman
athlete overall, to earn this award.
The scholarships, valued at $7,500 a piece, are given annually to 87
male and 87 female NCAA athletes nationwide and are divided evenly among
the fall, winter, and spring sports. To qualify, student-athletes must
excel academically and athletically, be in their final year of
eligibility and plan to pursue graduate study. Student-athletes must
also maintain at least a 3.2 grade-point average and be nominated by
their institution's faculty athletics representative.
"As grateful as I am to the NCAA for offering me such a generous
award, I am more grateful still for the coaches and professors who
worked so hard to ensure that I had a competitive application," said
Gilmer. "Their recommendations and support were indispensable.
Ultimately, this scholarship symbolizes the two greatest opportunities
that this university has afforded me -- an excellent education and a
chance to run fast. What more could a student-athlete ask?"
Gilmer will spend the next year training with a group of
post-collegiate runners at Furman, where he will also serve as a
volunteer assistant coach with the Paladin track and field/cross country
program, then intends to enter law school.
A native of Mobile, Ala., Gilmer was named to the 2012 Capital One
Academic All-American Division I Men's Track/Cross Country Team last
month. He graduated in May with a 3.94 G.P.A. and was a double major in
history and philosophy with an emphasis in poverty studies. As a
senior, Gilmer was honored with Furman's Gilpatrick History Prize, the
Philosophy Medal, and an Award for Excellence in Poverty Studies.
Gilmer was the recipient of Furman's 2012 Student-Athlete Achievement
Award, the athletic department's highest honor, which is presented
annually to the senior athlete who exemplifies the most outstanding
qualities of participation, leadership, and service to the community and
During the 2011 indoor season, he set a new Paladin record with a
time of 1:53.00 in the 800m then broke his own record in the outdoor
mile this past spring, posting a time of 4:04.36 in the Blue Shoes Elite
Mile race. He anchored the Furman 4x800m and 4x1500m relay teams that
also established new school records.
Throughout his career, Gilmer was an All-Southern Conference
selection several times in both indoor and outdoor track. He was named
to the Division I All-Academic Track and Field Team his sophomore year
and was a member of the SoCon Academic Honor Roll.
Brown-Nagin book receives another award
By Vince Moore
Filed in FU in the News, History April 23rd, 2012 @ 9:16 pm
The new book by 1992 Furman graduate Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement,
has received the 2012 Liberty Legacy Foundation Award from the
Organization of American Historians. The award is given annually for
the best book by a historian on the civil rights struggle.
Brown-Nagin, who graduated from Furman with a degree in history, was
also awarded the 2012 Bancroft Prize by Columbia University in
recognition of her book.
A leading expert on legal history, constitutional law and civil
rights, Brown-Nagin currently teaches law and history at the University
of Virginia. She will join the Harvard Law School faculty this summer
as a tenured Professor of Law , and will also serve as an affiliate of
the History Department in Harvard ’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. She
holds a doctorate in history from Duke University and a law degree from
Yale Law School, where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal.
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