May 27, 2021

Evan McFadden Awarded Fergus Award & NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship


Ohio State swimming team student-athlete Evan McFadden has been awarded two post-graduate scholarships for his academic and athletic achievements: today he was named one of four winners of an Ohio State Corwin A. Fergus Memorial Award, which comes in the wake of his being named an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship winner last month.

The Fergus Memorial Award is given annually to student-athletes who have excelled in athletics, achieved academically and demonstrated positive qualifies of character and citizenship. The award is given in the memory of Corwin A. Fergus, an Ohio State football player (1912-14), and reflects his strong commitment to the pursuit of academic and athletic excellence. The $5,000 scholarship is renewable for up to three years and can be utilized for graduate study or professional programs at Ohio State.

The NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship is awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are at least in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. The award is a one-time scholarship of $10,000. Student-athletes must be nominated by their school’s Faculty Athletics Representative.

McFadden graduated two weeks ago from Ohio State with his degree in aeronautical engineering. He plans to pursue his PhD in the field as well.

From Oreland, Pa., and William Penn Charter School, McFadden was a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. He was named a CSCAA honorable mention Scholar All-American three times and a Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholar for having a grade point average of 3.70 or above.

McFadden swam at three Big Ten championship meets for the Buckeyes – 2019, 2020 and 2021 – and scored points for the team in five events, including all three individual events he swam in this year: the 100 breaststroke, 200 individual medley and 200 breaststroke. He helped the Buckeyes to finishes of third, second and third, respectively, in his three championships.

The men’s swimming program is coming of its best back-to-back NCAA finishes in 58 years: ninth-place at the NCAA championships in 2019 and seventh in 2021.