Published on April 16, 2020 by Meagan Rummage  
Maggie Johnston

Samford track and field’s Maggie Johnston was named the David Knight Scholarship recipient. The Southern Conference announced its 10 postgraduate award winners Thursday, April 16. 

The recipients are nominated by their schools and selected by the Southern Conference Graduate Scholar Committee. The scholarships, worth $2,000 each, are awarded to student-athletes about to receive their undergraduate degrees who intend to pursue advanced degrees in a graduate or professional school. The student-athletes are evaluated on academics, athletics and community service.

In her time as a member of Samford women’s track and field, Johnston has played an instrumental role in Samford’s four-straight Southern Conference indoor championships. At the 2020 Southern Conference indoor Championships, Johnston claimed the individual title in the weight throw and was the runner-up in the shot put. Johnston also holds the school record in both the weight throw (18.62 meters) and the shot put (14.42 meters). 

Johnston is also a two-time Southern Conference team champion in outdoor track and field, claiming the individual title in the discus all three years of her outdoor competition. She was also the outdoor champion in the shot put (2019) and holds the Samford program records in the discus (51.40 meters) and the shot put (14.35 meters).

Johnston has been named the Southern Conference Athlete of the Week six times and the Southern Conference Athlete of the Month twice in the course of her collegiate career. Johnston shined at the conference championships the past two years, being named the Southern Conference Meet Most Outstanding Athlete (Outdoor–2019), Southern Conference Meet Most Outstanding Field Performer (Outdoor–2019), and the Southern Conference Meet Most Outstanding Field Performer (Indoor–2020). 

Johnston is a double major, studying communication and Spanish at Samford, with a cumulative GPA of 3.789. In 2019, Johnston was named a USTFCCCA All-Academic Individual. She plans to pursue a law degree upon graduation with an emphasis on immigration law. In addition to pursuing excellence on the playing surface and in the classroom, Johnston was also actively involved in Bundles of Hope Diaper Drive, Rise Against Hunger, and is a member of Samford University’s Lambda Phi Eta, the National Communication Association’s honor society, where she serves as chapter vice president.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.