McGrath, a graduate of The Hopkins School in New Haven., was selected
from a near-record
174 applicants for this year’s scholarship in the amount of $20,000 per
year for four years each at Vanderbilt.
was actively involved in his school’s newspaper, The Razor, serving as
assistant entertainment editor and assistant sports editor. He
served as Director of Content for the Crispus Attucks Clothing and
Lifestyle Blog, writing and shaping content for the summer lifestyle
blog targeting students at the country’s top colleges and prep schools.
He has been a volunteer at the Connecticut Food
Bank and also founded Captain’s Practice, LLC, a service that provided
local families with an alternative to higher-priced private sports
lessons and academic tutoring.
was point guard for four years on his school’s basketball team and was
named captain of the varsity squad as a senior. He also was second
on the baseball team, which recently won its league’s regular season and tournament titles.
Named in honor of two legendary sports writing alumni of Vanderbilt, alumni Grantland Rice and Fred Russell, two of the greatest sports writers of all time.
the scholarship has an extraordinary record of producing prominent and
and television personalities, including Roy Blount, Jr., Bill
Livingston, Skip Bayless, John (Joe Bob Briggs) Bloom, David Sheinin,
Tyler Kepner, Lee Jenkins, and Daniel Wolken.