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Three Catamounts Awarded SoCon Postgraduate Scholarships

Makensey Campbell was a CoSIDA Academic All-District III selection in 2015.
April 27, 2015 SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The Southern Conference announced its 10 postgraduate scholarship recipients for the 2014-15 academic year Monday. Catamount women's basketball's Makensey Campbell, football's K.P. Hicks and women's track and field's Aleshia Reese were three of the 10 honored.

Makensey Campbell, Western Carolina - William Moore Graduate Scholar presented by McMillan Pazdan Smith

Western Carolina women's basketball player Makensey Campbell is the 2015 recipient of the William Moore Graduate Scholarship presented by McMillan Pazdan Smith. Campbell, a guard/forward who finished her career fourth in school history with 145 made 3-pointers, was a CoSIDA Academic All-District III selection in 2015. A double-major in biology and environmental health, Campbell owns a 3.928 GPA and intends to pursue a career in the public health field. Her excellence in the classroom is reflected in the numerous prestigious awards she's won, as she was named a WCU Honors College Merit Scholar in addition to being named the Most Outstanding Biology Student and the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Outstanding Scholar. Campbell has also been active in the community, volunteering at the Jackson County Christmas Store, the Jackson County Community Table and a Remote Area Medical clinic. She has also served as a peer mentor at Cullowhee Valley Elementary School. Last summer, Campbell completed a 400-hour internship focusing on environmental and occupational health. Campbell will pursue a Master of Public Health degree in graduate school.

K.P. Hicks, Western Carolina - Mike Wood Graduate Scholar

Western Carolina football player H. Kirkpatrick "K.P." Hicks has earned one of two 2015 Mike Wood Graduate Scholarships. The Catamount linebacker began his career as a walk-on but eventually became a scholarship player and team captain, helping the squad to a 7-5 record and second-place SoCon finish in 2014, good for its most wins since 2001 and highest finish since 1992. Hicks, who appeared in 33 of a possible 35 games over the last three years, is a biology major with a 3.67 GPA. An active member of his community, Hicks has volunteered with the Jackson County Special Olympics, the Cooperative Christian Ministry's soup kitchen, Cullowhee Valley Middle School and Scotts Creek Elementary School, among various other organizations. Hicks is also an executive board member of Western Carolina's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and served as the SAAC's Community Service Chairman from 2013-14. The Charlotte, N.C., native plans to attend medical school and help people in North Carolina as well as the outback of Brazil. Hicks, who intends to focus on orthopedic surgery with a specialization in shoulders and knees, has taken several trips to Brazil, motivating him to help those in the outback who cannot afford medical attention and suffer from a dearth of available doctors.

Aleshia Reese, Western Carolina - Southern Conference Presidential Scholar

Western Carolina distance runner Aleshia Reese is one of two recipients of a Southern Conference Presidential Scholarship in 2015. Reese has helped the Catamounts to Southern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship titles in each of the last three seasons, highlighted by her anchoring WCU's distance medley relay team that claimed third place at the 2014 conference meet. In cross country, Reese owns the seventh-fastest 5K time in school history and the fourth-fastest 6K time, which she posted at the 2012 NCAA Southeast Regional. Reese has been active in her community, volunteering for multiple years at the Cullowhee Valley Elementary School Fall Festival and with the Jackson County Special Olympics. She has also served as a leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Reese, who owns a 3.83 GPA in recreational therapy, has battled numerous injuries throughout her career, fueling her desire to become a physical therapist. She will continue her education at Western Carolina, where she will pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.