WESTMINSTER, Md. – Gavin Gibson (Newark, Del./Sanford), a senior on the McDaniel men's cross country and track and field teams, has won the 2019 Maryland Association of College Directors of Athletics (MACDA) postgraduate scholarship, announced on Thursday.
Gibson was one of three recipients of the annual award, joining Lauren McDonald of Division I Maryland-Baltimore County and Leigh McDonald of Howard Community College. Gibson was the recipient from the Division II or III institutions.
The MACDA postgraduate scholarships recognize three student-athletes for superior work in the classroom and on the field. The honorees represent three Maryland institutions of higher learning and differing levels of NCAA or NJCAA competition. Each recipient will receive a non-renewable, one-time grant of $500 upon her enrollment in a postgraduate program.
To be eligible, student-athletes must possess a minimum 3.2 grade-point average in undergraduate studies, excel in a varsity sport, participate in leadership activities beyond the playing field and plan to further their education.
A four-year member of the men's cross country and track and field teams, Gibson earned multiple Centennial Conference (CC) Runner of the Week honors as well as in-season honors from ECAC. As a senior, he won the 800 at the CC Indoor Track and Field Championship and claimed the silver medal at the outdoor championship. He also won the ECAC cross country crown this fall and claimed gold in the 800 both indoor and outdoor at the ECAC track and field championships. Gibson holds four program records in track and field – the 800 and 1000 indoor and the 800 and part of the distance medley relay outdoor.
A captain year-round, he also represented the program as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He has also been inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Sigma Tau, Psi Chi, Alpha Lambda Delta and the Pi Gamma Mu honor societies and earned the McDaniel Research and Creativity Grant in 2018-19. He also earned the athletics' department John Alexander Medal, which is presented to the graduating male senior with the best record in athletics. He also earned The Dr. Reuben Holthaus Award in Philosophy and Steve Robert Wilson Memorial Award at honors convocation.
He graduated summa cum laude with a 3.913 grade-point average in philosophy and psychology this spring and plans to continue his education at the University of Delaware, pursing a masters in psychology. After his master's program, he intends to pursue a cognitive science doctorate in psychology.