Perkins Nominated for McWhorter Scholarship

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Arkansas track and field team captain Adam Perkins has been nominated by the University of Arkansas for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship. The H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship has been presented by the Southeastern Conference since 1986 to the league’s top male and female scholar-athletes.

The Southeastern Conference will name the 2007 recipients of the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship on April 6 in conjunction with National Student-Athlete Day.

Each year, the SEC, in conjunction with AT&T provides the league’s male and female McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients with a $10,000 post-graduate scholarship. The 22 remaining male and female finalists for the award will also receive a $5,000 post-graduate scholarship. The award recipients are chosen by a committee of Faculty Athletics Representatives from the 12 SEC institutions and are honored at the SEC Spring Meetings in Sandestin, Fla. on May 31.

Perkins, a senior from Liberty, Mo., is a five-time All-American, 11-time All-SEC performer and was a 2006 National Champion as the lead leg of the distance medley relay. Additionally, in the 1,500 meters, he finished fourth in 2005, after winning the Midwest Regional title, and sixth in 2006 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He also finished sixth in the 3000 meters at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships.

After overcoming a potentially career-ending Achilles’ injury during the 2006 outdoor season, Perkins capped of his junior campaign with a ninth-place finish at the USA Outdoor Championships. A packed field of post-collegians, he finished second among active collegians with his time of 3:43.06.

He has earned a 3.39 grade point average, with a major in Financial Management/Investment and a minor in Marketing. He has been a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll for four seasons as well as an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America third-team and All-District performer. He is a four-time Lon Farrell Academic Award Winner at Arkansas.

Perkins is a member of Arkansas Athlete Outreach and has worked as a volunteer in the community to help mentor children since 2003. He was also a volunteer at Kamp Kanakuk, mentoring children, and is a youth leader at First Baptist Church in Springdale.