Carpenter named 2018 Tindall Scholarship recipient
St. Johns River State College shortstop Kerry Carpenter was named the 2018 recipient of the John C. Tindall Endowed Scholarship. The sophomore from Eustis will further his education at Virginia Tech this fall.
Ross Jones, SJR State’s head baseball coach and athletic director said, “Kerry Carpenter epitomizes the term student -athlete. He is a young man who is the total package and a model of what we are looking for at SJR State. We are so proud of Kerry and his accomplishments as a Viking."
So far for the 2018 season, Carpenter has appeared in 36 games for the Vikings, accumulating an impressive .448 batting average with 42 runs, including 16 doubles and 11 home runs, and 46 RBIs. As a freshman, Carpenter batted .330 with four home runs, 34 RBIs, and 46 runs scored. In 2017, he was named to the All Mid-Florida Conference Second Team and was recognized as an NJCAA Academic All-American.
The criteria for the Tindall scholarship include demonstrating exemplary work ethic and leadership, as well as quality performance in the classroom and on the field.
The scholarship was established in honor of former coach John Tindall, who devoted 30 years to coaching the Vikings through 591 wins and nine Region VIII tournament appearances, placing him in the nation’s top 10 for career wins at the time of his retirement in 1997.
In 1961, the Vikings took the field for the first time and have since dedicated the past half century to building a solid reputation for producing superior student-athletes. The College has continued its tradition of producing a strong baseball program with facility improvements including a covered practice facility, dugout and field renovations, and most recently, new grandstands.
Viking outfielder Kerry Carpenter was recently named the 2018 recipient of the John C. Tindall Endowed Scholarship. From left are SJR State Director of Fundraising and Alumni Engagement Kate Adornetto, Vice President for Development Caroline Tingle, John Tindall, Florida Representative and SJR State alumnus Bobby Payne, Kerry Carpenter, Head Baseball Coach Ross Jones, Julie and Ken Carpenter and Vice President for Student Affairs Gilbert Evans.
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