CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( – Presbyterian College baseball player Nick Guimbarda was announced as a recipient of the Bob McCloskey Insurance Big South Graduate Fellowship by the league office on Wednesday.

"This is an amazing honor for Nick and truly validates his hard work as a student-athlete commented Head Coach Elton Pollock. I have witnessed his outstanding work ethic for the past four years, and I am genuinely happy for him.”

Guimbarda has started all 53 games for the Blue Hose, and is batting .287 with a team-high seven home runs while ranking second on the squad with 41 RBI. His 16 doubles lead the Big South, and he is among the league leaders in RBI, walks (32) and total bases (99). Guimbarda leads PC in runs scored (39), doubles, walks and slugging percentage (.497).

A 3.94 student majoring in Biology. Guimbarda graduated Summa Cum Laude earlier this month, and plans to become a medical doctor. He has gotten into the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

During his time at Presbyterian, Guimbarda served as team captain his junior and senior seasons, earned President’s List honors twice, Dean’s/Provost’s List distinction five times, and served as a peer/athletic mentor for Chemistry, Biology and Economics in PC’s Tutoring Program. He also was a moderator for Biology Group Help Sessions, was a Presbyterian College Honor Council member and member of both the American Chemical Society and Presbyterian College Pre-Med Club. Guimbarda was involved in the Tri-Beta Biology Honors Society all four years, and participated in an array of volunteer activities. He was involved with the “CHAMPS” Intro Science Day at PC, Rise Against Hunger and Real Men Read for National Reading Day. Guimbarda also spent time working with the Laurens County Youth Center, Open Door Homeless Shelter and Kitchen, as well as a local orphanage.

“Bob McCloskey Insurance is once again honored to be able to continue our tradition as a proud Corporate Partner of the Big South by bestowing these scholarships to these fine student-athletes who clearly are outstanding ambassadors for the Big South,” said Rob McCloskey. “We wish them much success in the future.”

The Big South Conference Graduate Fellowship Program was established by the league in the Fall of 2005 as a means of recognizing the academic excellence of Big South Conference student-athletes who intend to pursue postgraduate studies upon graduation from a Big South Conference institution.

Bob McCloskey Insurance, a Big South Corporate Partner, will award $2,000 each to Guimbarda and Gardner-Webb volleyball player Amanda Sahm for their respective graduate studies on Thursday evening, May 30, as part of the conference’s annual Spring Awards Dinner and Hall of Fame Banquet at The Westin Resort in Hilton Head, S.C.

Nominations for the Graduate Fellowship are made by the Faculty Athletics Representative or the Chief Academic Officer at a Big South member institution, and are limited to one male and one female at each school. To qualify for the Big South Conference Graduate Fellowship, applicants must have the following requirements:

• Have an overall undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 3.500 or better based on a maximum 4.000, or the equivalent in other recognized grading systems;
• Have competed in intercollegiate athletics as a member of a varsity team at a Big South Conference member institution;
• Must be either a graduating senior during the academic year of the award, or be enrolled in a graduate program at a Big South Conference institution while completing the last year of eligibility;
• Intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree and enroll into a graduate degree program at a properly accredited, non-profit educational institution or into a post-baccalaureate professional degree program at a professionally accredited law school, medical school or the equivalent, without restriction as to the national site of the institution;
• Have evidenced superior character and superior leadership;
• Have demonstrated that participation in athletics and community service has been a positive influence on the nominee’s personal and intellectual development. Relative success in athletics is important but not of overriding significance;
• Enroll in a graduate degree program the term subsequent to being awarded the fellowship or present a rationale for deferred matriculation.