#CoSIDA19 Convention Grant Recipients Announced

#CoSIDA19 Convention Grant Recipients Announced

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2019 CoSIDA Convention Attendance Grant Recipients and NCAA Inclusion Grant Winners Announced; Partnership Continues with NCAA Division III CoSIDA Student Program
 
A record 109 CoSIDA members applied for CoSIDA’s 2019 Convention Attendance Grant and 22 of those applicants will be on hand as recipients when the association hosts its annual convention June 9-12 at the Orlando World Center Marriott.
 
For 11 of the recipients, it will be their first CoSIDA convention. Thirteen have been a CoSIDA member for five years or less. Five recipients have been in the profession 10 years or longer, with the longest-tenured member having belonged to CoSIDA for 19 years.
 
This year’s class of recipients will be the sixth to participate. Approximately $80,000 has been distributed to 94 CoSIDA members as reimbursement for convention-related costs over the program’s first five years.
 
The program began in 2014 when 10 recipients were selected and doubled in size for 2015 and 2016 with grants worth $800 apiece. Beginning in 2017, the Board of Directors voted to add two more grants specifically designated for ethnic minorities. That brought the total number of grants given by CoSIDA to 22. The Board also increased the stipend to $1,000.
 
Three current CoSIDA Board members have utilized the grant. In 2014, first vice president Rob Knox was a recipient while at Coppin State. In 2016, Amie Canfield of Mt. Holyoke was a recipient. Last year, Denise Thompson was a grant winner.
 
Each grant includes a complimentary convention registration, allowing the grant funds to go toward hotel nights, transportation and per diem. Recipients can also use the funds to register for the SIDEARM Leadership Forum by Learfield IMG College or the CoSIDA U camp.
 
The selection committee is comprised of CoSIDA officers, staff and members of special interest groups within the association.
 
As part of receiving a grant, each winner will help CoSIDA’s Convention Operations Committee with on-site duties and provide written reviews of their experience following the convention.
 
In addition to the CoSIDA grants, six members from the three NCAA divisions will attend the convention as part of the NCAA Inclusion Grant program. In the third year of partnership between CoSIDA and the NCAA’s Leadership Development and Media Coordination and Statistics staffs, the program’s goal is to advocate for diversity within the athletic communications profession. The program includes a visit to the NCAA national office and pairs recipients with a CoSIDA mentor for the upcoming academic year on top of covering registration fees, lodging and transportation.
 
Through the Division III CoSIDA Student Program, the NCAA Division III governance staff will host six students who are interested in the athletics communications profession during Divisional Day Tuesday, June 11. Selected students will be exposed to the CoSIDA Convention, its members and the athletics communication profession. Grant recipients will attend welcome and debrief meetings and be assigned a mentor. The goal is to build the pipeline in an effort to ultimately diversify the Division III athletics communication landscape. 
 
2019 CoSIDA Convention Attendance Grant Recipients
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Mark Alexander
Holy Names
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Anthony Avila
La Verne
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Ed Bailey
Southwestern Athletic
Conference
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Tim Bohn
Wisconsin -
Stevens Point
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Ryan Bower
Florida Southern
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Hannah Bradley
Southern Conference
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Jesse Campbell
Cornerstone
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Cody Dalton
Catawba Valley
Community College
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Taylor Drake
Union College (Ky.)
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Benjamin Economon
Harris-Stowe State
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McKenzie Garrison
NJCAA
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Madeline Heaps
Eastern Michigan
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Danny Kambel
Pacific
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Kelly-Ann Light
Dominican College
of Blauvelt
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Colin McDonough
Northwest Missouri State
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Dave Nelson
Incarnate Word
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Megan O'Brien
Centenary
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Travis Rae
Lamar
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Derrick Redd
Redlands
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Tyler Williams
Southern Intercollegiate
Athletic Conference
2019 CoSIDA Ethnic Minority Convention Attendance Grant Recipients
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Matthew Torres
Sarah Lawrence College
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Jolisa Williams
Shaw
NCAA Inclusion CoSIDA Convention Grant Recipients
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Rebecca Gaona
Old Dominion
Division I
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Airis Thomas
Towson
Division I
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Alyce Bryant
Virginia Wise
Division II
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Eric Harding
UC San Diego
Division II
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Nicole Sasu-Twum
SUNY Old Westbury
Division III
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Taylor Garcia
Mills
Division III