April 10, 2014
Derek Crouch has been awarded the 2013-14 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (SLIAC) Post Graduate Scholarship. The Conference's Faculty Athletics Representatives select a single male and female graduate each year, based on the scholar-athletes’ accomplishments in and out of the classroom. The scholarship comes with a $1,000 stipend towards their first year of graduate study.
Crouch becomes the first male student-athlete at MacMurray to receive the SLIAC Post Graduate Scholarship in the 12-year history of the award. Former MacMurray College female student-athlete Kelli Ruppel was the college’s first recipient of this award in 2010-11.
Crouch, of Chatham, IL, is graduating this spring majoring in biology with a minor in psychology. This two-year captain of the MacMurray baseball team has served as a resident assistant, an orientation leader and is currently a Student Ambassador for the Admission’s Department. Crouch is a Lincoln Laureate, a statewide award for excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities, awarded to one senior from each four-year, degree-granting college in Illinois. He is son of Ken Daugherty and Cindy Crouch of Chatham, IL.
Crouch was recently accepted to Washington University Medical School in St. Louis where he plans to study physical therapy.
“It’s definitely an honor to receive this award,” said Crouch. “I’m extremely grateful to the SLIAC and the NCAA for sponsoring this award and am thankful to the faculty and coaches at MacMurray College who played significant roles to make me both a candidate and recipient.”
The post graduate scholarship will be awarded at SLIAC’s third annual awards banquet on Tuesday, May 20, at Soccer Park in Fenton, Mo.