Bryan King named Southland’s McDonald Scholarship Award winner

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FRISCO, Texas – McNeese baseball senior Brian King is one of two student-athletes that have been named the recipient of the Southland Conference’s F.L. McDonald Postgraduate Scholarship, joining HBU women’s basketball player Amanda Johnson, league Commissioner Tom Burnett announced on Thursday.

The F.L. McDonald Scholarship is the league’s ultimate academic honor for graduating student-athletes. The award is presented annually to one female and one male student-athlete and is selected by the Southland Conference Faculty Athletic Representative Committee. The $5,000 scholarship must be applied to graduate study at an institution of the recipient’s choice.

The award was established in 1996 in memory of Dr. F.L. McDonald, a former president of Lamar University and 1999 Southland Hall of Honor inductee. McDonald was serving as Lamar’s president in 1963 when the Southland Conference was established. He is considered one of the league’s founding fathers.

Johnson and King will be recognized Tuesday at the annual Southland Honors Dinner and Ceremony at the Westin Stonebriar Hotel in Frisco.

“I am excited and blessed to receive this award,” said King. “I just want to thank the Southland Conference, McNeese, my coaches, teammates and my family. The McNeese athletic department does everything within their capability to set their student-athletes up for success.”

“I’m very happy and excited for Bryan,” said Cowboy baseball head coach Justin Hill. “He is going to be greatly missed after his playing days at McNeese are over. I have seen a young, talented freshman and work his way to a young man, mentor and leader that I would be willing to put my career on the line for.”

King, a senior from Parker, Colo. (Ponderosa High School), boasts a 4.0 GPA while majoring in natural resource conservation. The left-handed pitcher will pick up his fourth varsity letter following the current baseball season before returning to his home state to attend the University of Denver for graduate school in order to “engage conservation plans for current and future generations,” as he states.

He is a 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-District selection. King’s campus involvement includes membership in the National Honor Society of Leadership and Success and the McNeese Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.

King volunteers at St. John Elementary in Lake Charles, reading and mentoring students.

He participates as a leader for Team IMPACT, a nonprofit organization that connects children with serious and chronic illness to collegiate athletic teams.

The senior is also involved with his athletic department’s Student Advisory Committee and the baseball team’s leadership council.

Heading into the final weekend of regular-season play, King has appeared in 19 games for the Cowboys, recording an ERA of 3.30.

Johnson and King were chosen from more than 15 soon-to-graduate or already graduated student-athletes. Applicants must have at least a 3.75 GPA and have lettered at least two seasons at the nominating institution. Each recipient must enroll in a full-time graduate program within one year of receiving the award.

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