UK MBA student, Austin MacGinnis, has been named to the Kentucky Wildcats nominees for the 2018 Southeastern Conference H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship. Austin has been the starting star kicker of the UK football team and is currently enrolled in the One Year MBA program at the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics. This award has been presented by the Southeastern Conference since 1986 to the league's top male and female scholar-athletes. Accounting major of Gatton and UK's women's basketball player, Alyssa Rice, is the female nominee this year.
Each year, the SEC, in conjunction with AT&T, an SEC official sponsor, provides the league's male and female McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients with a $20,000 post-graduate scholarship. The 26-remaining male and female finalists for the award will also receive a $10,000 post-graduate scholarship.
Austin MacGinnis is the Campbell Trophy semifinalist as National Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2017, CoSIDA Academic All-District Team and four-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member. Austin graduated in May of 2017 with degree in Finance and is currently working on his master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) at the UK's Gatton College of Business and Economics. Austin is set to graduate in just one year with his MBA while preparing for the National Football League. Austin ended his stellar career as UK's all-time leading scorer with 359 points, one of the top-10 scorers in SEC history. He ranks eighth in SEC history in career field goals made (72) and holds school records for career field goals made (72), most field goals made in a season (22 in 2017), consecutive field goals made (11, twice) and longest field goal (54 yards). Austin was All-SEC Third Team in 2017 and was on the Lou Groza Award Watch List in 2016 and 2017.