ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Mitchell Forde, who
will enroll at the University of Missouri as a freshman in the fall,
has been selected the winner of the U.S. Basketball Writers
Association's scholarship given annually to the son or
daughter of a USBWA member.
Mitchell is the son of longtime USBWA member Pat Forde of Yahoo!
The scholarship is a $1,000 grant awarded annually by the USBWA
for four years.
Mitchell, who plans to study journalism at Missouri, graduated
in the spring from Saint Xavier High School in Louisville, Ky.,
with a 4.0 grade-point average and a weighted GPA of 4.93.
"I would like to pursue a career in any of several different
areas of journalism," wrote Forde in his application for the scholarship.
"My main interests are sports journalism, political journalism and
Mitchell excelled both academically and as a student-athlete
at Saint Xavier. He was a National Merit semifinalist, was on the
Principal's List all four years in school and was a two-time recipient
of the Academic Athlete Award for the Saint Xavier swim team.
He also was editor-in-chief of the high school newspaper, was
a member of the National Honor Society and served as captain of
the swim team, which won the school's 25th straight state championship.
In addition, Mitchell was a volunteer for many events on campus
and in the Louisville community.
"Mitchell was a standout among several outstanding candidates,"
said Frank Burlison, chair of the USBWA Scholarship Committee. "His
academic record, with a curriculum dominated by Honors and Advance
Placement courses, was amazing. His accomplishments as a swimmer,
writer and volunteer were also very impressive."
Carrie Foster, Mitchell's college counselor at Saint Xavier,
wrote in her letter of recommendation: "Mitchell was one of our
most talented students academically and a dynamic young man and
Mitchell's swim coach at Saint Xavier, Todd Larkin, wrote: "Without
qualification, I would place Mitchell among the highest level of
any young man whom I've had the pleasure to coach. He has served
as an excellent role model for our program."
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in
1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers.
With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential
organizations in college basketball. For more information on the
USBWA and its award programs, contact executive director Joe Mitch