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05/17/2012

Horn Named Big South Conference Graduate Fellowship Recipient

Quick Facts

 Bob McCloskey Insurance, a Big South Corporate Partner, will award $2,000 each to Spencer and Horn for their respective graduate studies on May 31 as part of the Conference’s Spring Awards Dinner and Hall of Fame Banquet in Hilton Head, S.C.
 Matt Horn, who has volunteered with the American Cancer Society, Read Across America and the United Way, is a 3.922 student in biology and will attend the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

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Matt Horn
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – High Point women’s soccer player Brielle Spencer of Lynchburg, Va., and Winthrop men’s soccer player Matt Horn of Mooresville, N.C., have been awarded the annual Bob McCloskey Insurance Big South Conference Graduate Fellowships.

Bob McCloskey Insurance, a Big South Corporate Partner, will award $2,000 each to Spencer and Horn for their respective graduate studies on May 31 as part of the Conference’s Spring Awards Dinner and Hall of Fame Banquet in Hilton Head, S.C.

The Big South Conference Graduate Fellowship Program was established by the League in 2005 as a means of recognizing the academic excellence of Big South Conference student-athletes who intend to pursue postgraduate studies upon graduation from a Big South Conference institution.

“It is with great pleasure that we present these scholarships to these two fine, deserving student-athletes, and wish to extend our heartfelt wishes to their continued success in their future endeavors,” said Rob McCloskey. “We also are very proud and excited to be a Big South Corporate Partner, and look forward to a long-term relationship.”

Big South Commissioner Kyle B. Kallander added that the entire Big South family is proud of their accomplishments. "We wish them the best in their graduate studies," he said. "We also are gratified by the support of McCloskey Insurance for this worthy award.”

Matt Horn was a four-year letter winner for the Eagles -- the last three as a starter. He played in more than 70 games in his career as a defender, and helped Winthrop capture back-to-back Big South championships in 2008 and 2009 as well as two NCAA Tournament berths. A two-year captain, Horn concluded his career with three assists and three points. Horn, who has volunteered with the American Cancer Society, Read Across America and the United Way, is a 3.922 student in biology and will attend the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

Horn has served the Big South Conference as its SAAC President and national representative at the Division I level. He capped his playing career being voted a First-Team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American -- the first Winthrop men’s soccer player to achieve this honor. A finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award this past fall as an All-America Second-Team honoree, Horn was also named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s (NSCAA) Men’s Scholar All-South Region Second-Team.

In addition, Horn was a two-time Big South Men’s Soccer All-Academic Team selection and was the 2010 Big South Men’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipient. During his time at Winthrop, he has been a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society and the Book and Key Honor Society. In the spring of 2011, Horn was awarded the Griffin-Guettler Award for Winthrop’s male athlete with the highest GPA, the Ken Stanton Award for going above and beyond the call of duty in leadership, and Winthrop’s Student Life Award for Student Service Project of the Year that involved Samaritan’s Feet Initiative (award presented to Winthrop’s SAAC 2010).

Last month he received Winthrop’s Senior Academic Award, which is presented annually to the male and female with the highest grade-point average among all senior athletes.

Nominations for the Graduate Fellowship are made by the Faculty Athletics Representative or the Chief Academic Officer at a Big South member institution, and are limited to one male and one female at each school.

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