DeGirolamo, Hitt Nominated For McWhorter Award
Matt Dunaway
Matt Dunaway

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Volleyball player Lauren DeGirolamo and football player Lyle Hitt have been nominated by LSU 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 2010 recipients of the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship on April 6 in conjunction with National Student-Athlete Day.

DeGirolamo, a native of Belleville, Ill., is currently working on her master's degree in Educational Technology.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in May 2009, majoring in mathematics and secondary education. 

She is a four-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and a three-time member of the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America All-District first-team.  She was named the 2010 Tiger Athletic Foundation Scholar-Athlete of the Year. 

A team captain and a three-year starter for the Tigers, she was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2006 and the All-SEC Team in 2007 and 2008.  She earned American Volleyball Coaches Association All-South Region mention in 2007. 

She is very active in the Baton Rouge community, serving as a member of the LSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, serving as the group's secretary during this academic year.  She has volunteered as a mentor at Heritage Ranch and a student teacher at University High School. 

She also volunteered her time with the Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon from 2006-09 and a mentor at Big Buddy Day.  She also volunteer coaches a youth volleyball team in the Baton Rouge area.

Hitt, a native of Baton Rouge, La., earned his B.S. degree in Kinesiology and Human Movement Science in December 2009.  He is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars since 2006 and a member of Who's Who Among American Collegiate Scholars.  He is a four-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and a member of the Mortar Board since 2008.

Hitt was a four-year letterman for the Tigers and started for three years on the offensive line. He played in 42 games in career, starting 39 times.  LSU was 29-10 in games in which he started.  He played nearly 2,500 offensive snaps during his three years on the offensive line.  He originally came to LSU as a defensive lineman, but switched to the offensive side of the ball midway through his redshirt freshman season.

In May 2009, Hitt went on a medical mission to the Dominican Republic and has a goal of attending medical school. 

Currently, Hitt is president of the Players Outreach Program at LSU.  He has been a volunteer at various community service projects including Hope Ministry's Food Pantry, LSU's Halloween Boozar and New Orleans Children's Hospital.  He has been a guest speaker at several Fellowship of Christian Athletes functions and churches in the Baton Rouge area. 





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