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Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University alum and Big Rapids native Scott Vander Sloot, who served as a communications assistant in the FSU Athletics Communications Office the past two years, has been chosen as a recipient for a prestigious College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Postgraduate Scholarship.
Vander Sloot was part of a record-setting class of scholarship and grant winners announced by CoSIDA for the 2018-19 academic year. As a recipient, he earned a $10,000 postgraduate scholarship, which will be formerly announced this week during CoSIDA's annual convention in National Harbor, Md.
The FSU alum, who graduated this past May with a degree in sports communication, was nominated for the award by Assistant Athletics Director for Communications Rob Bentley. He will serve this coming year as a graduate assistant in the sports information office at Ashland University while pursuing a master's degree.
"Scott is very deserving of this prestigious award and did an outstanding job working in our office," Bentley said. "Over the past two years, he's devoted his time to Bulldog Athletics and played a key role in every facet of our communications and multimedia operation. He's a tremendously skilled individual with the passion and drive needed to be highly-successful in this field."
As a student assistant and intern at FSU, Vander Sloot has helped coordinate coverage for all 17 varsity programs during his collegiate career and played an active role in the school's various multimedia initiatives. He helped coordinate multimedia efforts and produce content this past year for FSU's 2018 National Championship men's basketball squad and also served as the color commentator for Ferris State Hockey.
During his tenure at FSU, Vander Sloot actively shot and produced video content, was highly-active in social media coverage of the Bulldogs and helped coordinate football and volleyball video board functions among his other duties. He also served on various statistics crews and served as a sideline reporter on the Bulldog Sports Network in addition to other activities.
Along with working for Ferris State Athletics as a student and intern, Vander Sloot also was active in the school's Sports Communications program and has worked as both a sports intern and freelance sports videographer for WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids.
Since presenting the first Wylie Smith Graduate Scholarship in 1981, CoSIDA has provided nearly $600,000 in grants to students working in sports information offices at member institutions and conferences.
To be eligible for the Postgraduate Scholarship, candidates must have maintained a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and express an interest in pursuing a career in the sports information field.