Recipients of 2020-21 Endowed Scholarships Announced
COLUMBIA, S.C. – University of South Carolina Athletics announced today the recipients of 18 endowed scholarships across seven sports and the Gamecock Club. Recipients for endowed scholarships are selected each year by the sport’s head coach or department head.
The 2020-21 recipients of endowed scholarships are:
The Ken Branch and Kathy Falls Endowed Baseball Scholarship – Cam Tringali
The Curtis H. and Lisa B. Dickerson Endowed Baseball Scholarship – Thomas Farr
The Everette and Beverly Newman Endowed Pitcher’s Scholarship – Brett Kerry
The Ken Rosefield Family Endowed First Baseman’s Scholarship – Wes Clarke
The Charles & Katherine Wilson Endowed Scholarship – Daniel Lloyd
The Mac Credille Men’s Basketball Manager Endowed Scholarship – Luke Colwell and Ryan Prendergast
The Aleighsa Welch Endowed Scholarship – Victaria Saxton
The A’ja Wilson Endowed Scholarship – Aliyah Boston
The Tommy Suggs Endowed Quarterback Scholarship – Jay Urich
The Wraellen and Larry Winn Endowed Scholarship – Nick Muse
The Ed Pitts Defensive Tackle Endowed Scholarship – Keir Thomas
The Marcus Lattimore Endowed Scholarship – Spencer Eason-Riddle
The Mozingo Family Endowed Football Scholarship – Shi Smith
The Williams-Brice-Edwards Charitable Trust Endowed Scholarship – Tyreek Johnson
The Kenneth T. Lytle Endowed Women’s Golf Scholarship – Pauline Roussin-Bouchard
The John P. Salamone Memorial Endowed Scholarship – Kyle Gurrieri
Track & Field
The Schreiber Family Endowed Scholarship – Heather Stone
The Jack Wilson Internship Endowment – Natalie Werner
Cam Tringali is a sophomore righthanded pitcher with a 4.77 ERA and a pair of SEC Academic Honor Roll selections through his first two seasons. Thomas Farr joined the Gamecocks last season after two seasons of junior college and struck out 14 batters in 15.2 innings pitched in the COVID-shortened 2020 season. Brett Kerry was a 2019 Freshman All-America selection who opened the 2020 season 2-0 with a save and a 3.60 ERA in six appearances. Wes Clarke earned Third-Team All-America honors in 2020 with a team-best eight home runs and 22 RBI in 16 starts. Daniel Lloyd has recorded 46 strikeouts in his career 38.1 innings pitched.
Luke Colwell is a senior finance and marketing major from Apex, N.C., in his fourth year working with the men’s basketball program. Ryan Prendergast is also in his fourth year with the team as a senior human resources major from Rockville Centre, NY.
In women’s basketball, junior Victaria Saxton has ranked among the SEC’s top 11 shot blockers in each of the last two seasons and averaged 5.4 points in just 15.5 minutes per game off the bench last season. Forward Aliyah Boston became the Gamecock’s first National Freshman of the Year in 2019-20 and matched her endowed scholarship’s namesake by earning the Lisa Leslie Award.
Football’s six endowed scholarships include three position-specific awards. Senior quarterback Jay Urich has also spent time at wide receiver and on special teams before shoulder surgery in 2020 ended his career early. Tight end Nick Muse joined the Gamecocks prior to the 2019 season and quickly established himself as the latest in a long line of outstanding tight ends. Defensive tackle Keir Thomas appeared in 40 games, including 25 starts, heading into the 2020 season. Spencer Eason-Riddle was the first Gamecock to make the 22-man Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and was the Male Gamecock Leadership Award winner at the 2020 all-sports gala. Shi Smith entered the 2020 season as the Gamecocks’ top receiver and in a tie for 12th on the program’s all-time receptions list. The Gamecock’s 2019 Harold White GPA Award winner, Tyreek Johnson is a redshirt sophomore defensive lineman looking to overcome injuries that have hampered his Carolina career so far.
Women’s golf sophomore Pauline Roussin-Bouchard is responsible for the best freshman season in Gamecock history, earning First-Team All-America honors and a spot on the final 2019-20 ANNIKA Award Watch List. Her 71.27 scoring average last season was the second lowest in program history.
Men’s soccer senior Kyle Gurrieri was voted a team captain this season after showing a strong leadership presence in the locker room despite numerous injuries over his Carolina career. He scored his first career goal earlier this season against Georgia State.
A graduate student from Ashburn, Va., Heather Stone owns the South Carolina school record in the 6K in cross country along with the third-fastest time in the 5K. In track and field competition, she is in the program’s top 10 in five different events, including the second-fastest 10K, which earned her a fourth-place finish at the 2019 SEC Outdoor Championships.
A recent South Carolina graduate, Natalie Werner assists with operations in Major Gifts and the Gamecock Club. She graduated magna cum laude from the University in May with a degree in public relations and worked in the Gamecocks football department as a recruiting assistant during her time as a student.
For more information on endowing a scholarship, please contact Steve Eigenbrot, Exec. Assoc. AD for Development, at 803-777-8116.