The NCAA has chosen Winthrop’s own, Matt Horn as the 2013 Walter Byers Scholar. Horn will receive a $24,000 renewable scholarship.
Each year, one male and one female student athlete is awarded the Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes outstanding academic excellence and potential for success in postgraduate study in his or her planned career.
To be eligible, nominees must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher and show superior character and leadership. Winners must be a graduating senior or currently enrolled in graduate study at an NCAA member institution and competed on a varsity team of a NCAA member university.
Horn graduated from Winthrop in 2012 with a 3.93 GPA and a degree in biology and chemistry. He now attends medical school at The University of North Carolina.
Winthrop’s veteran men’s soccer coach Rick Posipanko explained that if you sat down and had a conversation with Matt, you find that he is a very humble person that never talks about himself or his accomplishments on and off the field.
“He had the engine to get things done far beyond what was required or expected of him,” Posipanko said.
In his four years at Winthrop, Horn was highly involved in the athletic, academic and services areas. He was the men’s soccer team captain for two years and the 2010 Big South Conference Student Athlete Of The Year. Horn was president of Winthrop’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee for three years and received the Big South Conference’s Kallander Cup for best community service project for three years in a row. He also held a leadership position with Winthrop’s Fellowship Of Christian Athletes.
“If you look at everything he has accomplished during his four years at Winthrop,” Posipanko said, “it is really hard to believe that it was done by one person. He can be successful in the locker room or in the board room. The expectations are very high for Matt Horn and I would expect one day he will do big things that will have a very positive influence on others.”
“Horn was the type of person people respected and followed on and off the soccer field. In 38 years of college coaching, Horn was the most complete student athlete I have ever worked with,” Posipanko said.
Posipanko said that he is the total package in terms of academics, athletics, compassion for others, the way he lives his life on a daily basis and his very strong faith.
Horn was a 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS candidate and was selected as a Capital One Academic All-American that same year.