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TinCaps’ Cox receives MiLB Stars of Tomorrow Scholarship
Pitcher Is First MiLB Player Recipient to Attend DeVry University
(August 28, 2015) – Minor League Baseball today announced that TinCaps pitcher Taylor Cox is the first active player to receive the MiLB Stars of Tomorrow Scholarship to attend DeVry University.
Cox was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 16th round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Tennessee at Martin. Prior to admittance, Cox was awarded a Deans Scholarship from UT-Martin and a Tennessee Lottery (HOPE) Scholarship for his achievements at Arlington (TN) High School.
While attending UT-Martin as a student athlete, he maintained a 3.74 GPA while majoring in broadcasting and minoring in athletic training. Cox played baseball for three years, while also serving as president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) from 2013-14, and earned a spot on the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll each semester. The 22-year-old expressed the opportunity to finish college as being of utmost importance to him.
“Attaining this scholarship will allow me to finish my degree, which will not only better myself, but will allow me to be an example to those around me,” said Cox. “My dream starts with this degree, and I will work as hard as I possibly can to obtain it.”
“Through the MiLB Stars of Tomorrow Scholarship, we’re seeing members of our baseball family attain their goals through education with DeVry University,” said Pat O’Conner, President & CEO of Minor League Baseball. “Players like Taylor can now accomplish both of their dreams, to earn a degree and play the game they love. Along with our partners at DeVry University, we’re honored to be able to provide individuals an outlet to do so.”
To be eligible to receive the MiLB Stars of Tomorrow Scholarship, an individual must be a current or former MiLB player or player’s spouse, an employee of an MiLB team (including seasonal and part-time interns, executives and on-field personnel), an employee of MiLB (including interns and executives), an umpire of an MiLB league or a member of the MiLB Alumni Association. The Scholarship Committee considers multiple factors in determining the awards, such as essay submission, past performance (athletic, academic and/or career), service to the community, leadership potential, indicators of future performance and availability of funds.
“We hope Taylor has a long, long career in the big leagues,” TinCaps President Mike Nutter said. “Yet the TinCaps are extremely proud to see how Taylor values his education and is setting himself up for a successful life after baseball, too. The MiLB Stars of Tomorrow Scholarship is an amazing opportunity for people in MiLB and players like Taylor and to attend DeVry University.”
Cox has posted a 3.81 ERA in 26 appearances with the TinCaps this season. As a reliever in the second half, he has yielded only one run in 20.2 IP, which is good for a 0.44 ERA. Opponents are hitting .197 against Cox since the All-Star break.
DeVry University and its Keller Graduate School of Management are the Official Education and Career Development Partner of Minor League Baseball. Click here for more information about the partnership and scholarship program.