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Perez given NCAA minority scholarship

MARSHALL, May 31, 2017 – Representing East Texas Baptist University and the American Southwest Conference at the NCAA Headquarters, graduated softball player Jayme Perez will be amongst some of the elite student-athletes in NCAA Division I, II, and III. Perez received the NCAA minority post-graduate scholarship which allows her to attend the Career in Sports Forum from June 1-4 in Indiana. This will be the second time that Perez will attend the forum as she was selected in 2015 also.

“I am honored and privileged to represent my school and the American Southwest Conference at the NCAA headquarters. I am looking forward to meeting other student-athletes that have the same interests and career field as I do. I am also excited to network with the speakers at the forum, too,” said Perez.

Perez received the NCAA minority post-graduate scholarship of $8,500 and was selected out of a large pool of candidates. She has already started her graduate classes at ETBU and is working on her masters of business administration.

The Career in Sports Forum is a four-day forum with more than 230 student-athletes with an interest to work in the sports industry. Below is part of the release from the NCAA.

“One of more than 45 annual conferences and seminars organized and directed by the NCAA leadership development department, the Career in Sports Forum provides college athletes with a broader scope of the career tracks available within the sports business, with the primary focus on college athletics. The forum provides student-athletes interactive experiences with successful individuals in the sports business and a peek into their day-to-day duties and responsibilities. 

Forum attendees, with representation from 73 conferences, will hear from various keynote speakers and panelists, highlighted by Stevie Baker-Watson, associate vice president and director of athletics at DePauw University; Jason Burton, head women’s basketball coach at the Texas A&M University-Commerce; Clyde Doughty Jr, director of athletics at Bowie State University; Oliver Luck, NCAA executive vice president of regulatory affairs; Felicia Martin, vice president of the NCAA Eligibility Center; and Craig McPhail, director of athletics at Lees-McRae College. The participants also learn best practices for gaining employment and gathering a better understanding of what future expectations will be once they get a job in sports.

The NCAA leadership development department provides professional and personal development for the entire Association, including student-athletes, coaches and administrators, through accessible resources, strategic partnerships and annual customized programming at little or no cost to the membership. For more information, please go to ncaa.org/leadershipdevelopment.

Search #LearnLead to follow the social conversation and events at the 2017 Career in Sports Forum, as well as all NCAA leadership development programs.”

Perez graduated in May with a degree in Mass Communications and is one of the best student-athletes to come through ETBU. She is the first four-time All-American for any sport at ETBU and was also a CoSIDA Academic All-American first-team selection (the first first-team selection for ETBU softball). She received numerous American Southwest Conference awards including being a four-time All-ASC first-team selection. She also finishes in the top 10 at ETBU in 10 different categories for softball.

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