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NCAA honors Klavitter and Scott with AASP Student-Athlete Career Development Award

Chicago State, Eastern Kentucky student-athletes to receive recognition at Career in Sports Forum

The NCAA has named Megan Klavitter, a women’s volleyball student-athlete from Chicago State, and Austin Scott, a football student-athlete from Eastern Kentucky, as the recipients of its 2020 Accelerating Academic Success Program Student-Athlete Career Development Award.

The AASP Student-Athlete Career Development Award honors two individuals each year who plan to pursue a career in athletics and who have satisfied additional award criteria. Requirements include attending an AASP eligible school; being a sophomore or higher; having a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher; being eligible for athletics competition; and being eligible to attend two NCAA professional development events — the Career in Sports Forum and the AASP annual conference. This year, Klavitter and Scott will be honored during the Career in Sports Forum, as the AASP conference will not be held due to the global pandemic.

Overall, the AASP provides academic and financial support to Division I schools with limited resources that are working to meet the NCAA’s academic standards. Eligible schools receive financial grants to help develop academic initiatives and systems that can increase graduation rates and ensure success for student-athletes. The AASP began in 2012, and this is the fourth year for the student-athlete award. Scott and Klavitter were chosen by an AASP Selection Committee.

Klavitter, a native of Fenton, Michigan, majored in English with a concentration in professional and technical writing. She also worked on a minor in international studies with a concentration in comparative government and international law. Klavitter was a Chicago State scholar-athlete honoree, a two-time Western Athletic Conference Libero of the Year and earned all-WAC in volleyball. She also set the WAC record for digs and was a statistical team leader (total digs) at Chicago State. Additionally, she is a member of the Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and also served as president of Chicago State’s SAAC and vice president of the WAC’s SAAC. 

Klavitter was an intern in the Chicago State sports information office. A part of her decision to work in the industry came after the 2019 death of her mentor, former Chicago State sports information director Corey Miggins, who motivated her throughout her athletics career.

“Earning this award was humbling, along with just being recognized and chosen because there are so many other student-athletes who are deserving, too,” Klavitter said. “This award validates my efforts, my passion and my potential to pursue a career in sports. It gives me the conviction that I’m on the right path in my journey. I would like to start out in compliance or some sort of professional development with the end goal being be an athletics director one day.”

Scott, who hails from Moore, South Carolina, and was a finance major, is familiar with being a leader on campus and on the playing field. The quarterback on Eastern Kentucky’s football team also served as president of his campus SAAC. Scott developed his passion for the sports industry through his SAAC appointment, where he had the opportunity to work alongside the athletics marketing, ticket sales, finance, education and fundraising areas as the SAAC president. He also has collaborated with other areas in athletics and wants to work in the industry after graduation. 

Scott has performed well athletically, playing in 18 games and throwing for 605 yards and five touchdowns in three seasons.  He threw for a career-best 104 yards in a win at home against Eastern Illinois in 2018. Football runs in Scott’s family, as he lists his father, who played football at Gardner-Webb, as his role model.

“I’m very grateful for this award because of the hard work and dedication I had for EKU and the OVC,” Scott said, referring to the Ohio Valley Conference. “Receiving this means a lot to me because college athletics has meant so much to me growing up, and having the opportunity to further my career one day as an athletics director or as a conference commissioner is my dream. It speaks volumes to me, and it allows me to show that my hard work and dedication to improve and change a university and conference has paid off.”