May 18, 2017
CLEVELAND – The Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) is pleased to announce Juliana Smith, director of human resources for the University of Oklahoma athletics department, and Stephon Fuqua, senior athletics academic counselor in the Student-Athlete Support Services Office (SASSO) at The Ohio State University, as the 2017 Rudy Keeling Scholarship recipients. Both Smith and Fuqua will receive $2,500 postgraduate scholarships toward their advanced degrees with the intention of furthering administrative their pursuits within the intercollegiate athletics industry.
As the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Commissioner, Rudy Keeling was the first African-American ever to head a major sports conference, a position he held from 2007 until his retirement in January 2013. He was also a former member of the MOAA Board of Directors. Candidates for the scholarship were reviewed by the MOAA leadership and members of the Keeling Family.
“Rudy Keeling was a trailblazer for both current and aspiring intercollegiate athletics administrators. This year, we are fortunate to recognize two individuals with Postgraduate Scholarships in honor of Rudy’s legacy. Congratulations to both Stephon and Juliana,” said MOAA President Mario Moccia, director of athletics New Mexico State University.