ATHENS, GA. — Georgia Student-Athletes Ben Anderson and Samantha Drop have been nominated for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Graduate Scholarship, according to an announcement made Friday by the Southeastern Conference.
The H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-College Scholarship has been presented by the conference since 1986 to the league’s top male and female varsity-athletes. The league will name the 2022 recipients of the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Graduate Scholarship in early May.
Anderson, a LaGrange native, previously earned a degree in biochemistry. He is working on a master’s degree in comparative biomedical sciences while being the starting center fielder for the 12th-ranked Georgia baseball team with a 25-9 record. Co-captain, he’s batting .309 with six home runs, three doubles, three triples and 20 RBIs in 32 starts this season. He had a 31-game scoring streak and led home runs twice, including to start the season. He boasts perfect field percentage on 230 total chances with six assists. During his career, Anderson was named a preseason All-American, a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, and made the SEC Academic Honor Roll and Dean’s List multiple times. Anderson spent the 2018 season at Furman where he earned Freshman All-America honors after batting .361 with seven triples, three home runs and 39 RBIs. He became the first Paladin freshman to be named an All-Southern Conference in 39 years.
Drop, a native of Durham, Conn., graduated Summa Cum Laude in Nutritional Science and has also distinguished herself for the Georgia women’s track and cross country teams. She was named the 2020 SEC Women’s Cross Country Athlete-Scholar of the Year, was a member of the CoSIDA All-District Academic Team, and was also a USTFCCCA Academic Individual Selection. She won the 2020 Joel Eaves Scholar-Athlete Award for being the UGA student-athlete with the highest GPA entering the fall semester of her senior year. Drop qualified for the 2017 NCAA Championships with her twin sister and teammate Jessica and earned All-America honors after winning 30and globally. She has earned NCAA Cross Country All-Region honors four times, winning the 2017 NCAA South Regional title, and finished in the top eight twice at the SEC Cross Country Championships. A competitor in the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 10,000 meters, Drop remains third on the school’s all-time list in the event and has three other times that remain on the school’s all-time top 10 lists. Lady Bulldog.
The SEC is offering the league’s McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year Graduate Scholarship recipients a $20,000 graduate scholarship. The remaining 26 male and female finalists for the award will also receive a $10,000 graduate scholarship.
Winners are chosen by a committee of athletic faculty representatives from all 14 SEC institutions and are announced in May, as well as honored by league members at SEC Spring Meetings in Destin, Florida. Last year’s McWhorter Award winners were the Florida women’s swim team. member Savanna Faulconer and Jon Bishop of the Texas A&M men’s track and cross country team.