May 22, 2002
Cleveland, Ohio –
The five winners for the third annual John McLendon Memocial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Awards were announced Wednesday by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
The winners each receive a $10,000 grant to be used toward postgraduate studies in athletics administration.
Florida State graduate Chris Hope, who was an All-ACC selection at free safety and a two-time first-team All-American, was awarded one of the scholarships. Hope, who was drafted in the third round of the NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, has won three postgraduate scholarships and is one of three two-time Academic All-Americans in FSU history.
Hope was joined by winners Uwadiae Airhiavberc from Brown University, Kendra Bracken from Purdue, Burt Iwata from Norther Colorado and Derrick Rackard of South Florida.
Hope’s full bio is included:
#28 CHRIS HOPE
Free Safety, 6-0, 208, Sr.
Rock Hill, S.C. (Rock Hill)
All-ACC first-team selection as a senior…has earned All-ACC honors twice first-team as a senior and second team as a junior…earned an NCAA post-graduate scholarship award to further his studies this fall…a two-time first team Academic All-America selection…started all 11 games as a senior and has started 24 consecutive games (including the 2000 Orange Bowl) entering the Gator Bowl…one of only 14 Seminoles to start every game during the 2001 season…ranked fifth on the team (and first among defensive backs) with 76 total tackles…marked the second time during his career he finished in the top five on the team in tackles (he finished fourth as a junior)…his 46 solo tackles ranked as the second highest total in his career (51 in 2000) while his 30 unassisted tackles also ranked as the second highest single-season total of his career (32 in 2000)…his career-high of 12 tackles came against Clemson as he returned to his home state to play in front of family and friends…had seven or more tackles in seven of Florida State’s 11 games… three interceptions coming against North Carolina, Maryland and in the season finale against Georgia Tech to bring his career total to nine… single-season career-high nine pass break-ups included a career-high tying two against Florida…named to the victor’s club a career-high five times as was the Tomahawk player of the game against North Carolina…