Mack Alston was an 1971 alumnus of UMES, a UMES Hall of Famer and a devoted HAWK! The scholarship benefits full-time, first time freshmen with a minimum 2.5 GPA who are residents of South Carolina, Virginia, DC, or Maryland.
Mack was drafted by the Washington Redskins as a Tight End in 1970, where he played for three seasons and played in one Super Bowl. He then played four seasons with the Houston Oilers, where he served as the Offensive Captain. He finished his career with the Baltimore Colts; there he played four seasons and served as offensive captain. He went on to coach for most of his career including coaching the Tight Ends and Running Backs at Howard University.
Mack was also the director of the Art Shell Youth Football Camp at UMES where he supervised a staff of fifteen coaches and over one hundred youth from the mid-Atlantic Region. He received a Presidential Accommodation for his work with the youth in the Washington Metropolitan area.
Mack was born on Pawley's Island, South Carolina. He attended Parkersville Elementary School. Mack graduated from Howard High School, while at Howard he was a three-sport athlete, football, basketball, and track. He was the Captain of the Football Team. His talent in football attracted many schools that offered him a scholarship. He chose the University of Maryland Eastern Shore; there he teamed up with the Great Art Shell, the first African American Head Football Coach in the NFL in modern era.