Prestigious Scholarship Awarded to Students Pursuing Sports Communication Careers


 WINTER PARK, Fla. (May 25, 2017) – Rollins 2017 graduate Kylie Klotzbach has been named as the female recipient of the 2017 Jim McKay Scholarship, the NCAA announced Thursday. 

The prestigious $10,000 scholarships for postgraduate study recognize student-athletes' outstanding academic achievement and their potential to make a major contribution to the sports communication industry. The scholarship was created by the NCAA in 2008 to honor the legacy of pioneer sports journalist Jim McKay. 

One male and one female student-athlete are awarded the one-time scholarship per year in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement and potential to make a major contribution to the sports communication industry or public relations.  This year's male recipient is Soren Frykholm from Colorado College.

Klotzbach will apply the scholarship to her post-graduate studies, where she will attend the University of Louisville and pursue a Master's Degree in Sport Administration.

Klotzbach, a four-year member of the women's swimming team, was an outstanding member of the Rollins community throughout her career.  The double-major in Business Management and Communications Studies dedicated countless hours of her time to the Athletic Communications office in the Rollins Athletic Department, gaining knowledge while growing her passion for the industry.

The 2017 Rollins Alumni Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year was also a dedicated academic tutor, student disability note taker, as well as a Peer Mentor on campus.  Her commitment to bettering the Rollins community through her ongoing efforts with her peers extended to her teammates, where she was captain of the swim team, as well.

Klotzbach, who was also named this year's Outstanding Senior Scholar in the Business Division, will begin her post-graduate studies at Louisville in the fall where she will continue to grow her passion for the field of sports media and collegiate athletics.  “I aspire to garner the know-how and success within the athletic communications field to achieve my ultimate goal of becoming director of athletics at an NCAA institution,” Klotzbach said. “From that position, I hope to help future students benefit from their academic and athletic experience.”