BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 22 – Swimmer Michael Yuan and track and field athlete Ali Crabb have been nominated for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship and swimmer Bobby Walsh and softball player Megan Bush have been nominated for the Brad Davis Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship by the University of Florida.
The H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship has been presented by the Southeastern Conference since 1986 to the league’s top male and female scholar-athletes.
The SEC Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship was named for former Associate Commissioner Brad Davis. Davis succumbed to cancer on March 2, 2006. He had been a member of the SEC staff since 1988, first serving as an assistant commissioner until 1994 when he was promoted to associate commissioner.
The Southeastern Conference will name the 2010 recipients of the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship on April 6 in conjunction with National Student-Athlete Day. The Davis Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship winners will be announced on April 5.
Highlights of the Gators’ nominees include:
Michael Yuan, Swimming and Diving (Male McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Nominee)
• Will earn B.S. degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition in May 2011
• Has been accepted into UF’s College of Dentistry
• Gator swim team captain this season.
• President of the Central Florida Young Professionals’ Club
• Member of UF’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
• Winner of the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Central Florida Taiwanese American Chamber of Commerce
• Served as a Dental Assistant under UF Dental School’s Sealant Program
• Member of Goodwill Gators, working with underprivileged children.
• Volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and Climb for Cancer, working with children with terminal illnesses.
• The Winter Garden, Fla. Native is the son of Jiann-Shinn and Huili Yuan.
Ali Crabb, Track and Field (Female McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Nominee)
• Will earn a B.S. degree in Biology in May 2011
• U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Academic All-American
• Dean’s List and SEC Academic Honor Roll member
• Member of Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society
• Four-year letterwinner in cross country and two-time letterwinner in track and field
• First-team All-SEC and All-South Region Cross Country in Fall 2008
• Member of UF’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
• Member of UF’s Goodwill Gators, working with underprivileged children
• Member of American Medical Student Association and College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Honors Program Student Advisory Board
• The St. Petersburg, Fla. native is the daughter of Roger and Kelli Crabb.
Bobby Walsh, Swimming and Diving (Male Davis Community Service Nominee)
• Will earn a B.S. degree in Business Administration in December 2011
• President’s Honor Roll and SEC Academic Honor Roll
• Four-year letter winner
• President of UF’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (2010-11)
• Participated as lead mentor in Collegiate Achievement Mentoring Program, working with at-risk middle school students
• Volunteered with March of Dimes Charity 5k
• Read to children as part of Story Book Saturdays.
• The Virginia Beach, Va. native is the son of Robert and Chona Walsh
Megan Bush, Softball (Female Davis Community Service Nominee)
• Will earn a B.S. degree in Health Education and Behavior in December 2011
• Earned Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America All-District Honors (2009-10)
• First-team All-SEC in 2010 and second-team All-SEC in 2009
• 2009 NCAA Women’s College World Series All-Tournament Team
• Four-year letter winner and team captain in 2011
• Co-head of Gator Tracks program, working with underprivileged children
• Organized team members to participate in Special Olympics bowling activities
• University Athletics Association Life Skills Cup Award (2008-09; 2009-10)
• The Anaheim Hills, Calif. native is the daughter of Mike and Andrea Bush
The SEC Office will be releasing each of its institution’s nominees periodically until the April 6 winners are announced. The schedule is as follows:
Alabama – McWhorter: Greg McElroy, football (male); Kayla Hoffman, gymnastics (female) / Davis: Dan Armstrong, swimming & diving (male); Jessica Allaway, rowing (female).
Arkansas – McWhorter: Luke Laird, track & field (male); Michelle Stout, gymnastics (female) / Davis: Chris Nott, tennis (male); Britni Williams, soccer (female).
Auburn – McWhorter: Dan Mazzaferro, swimming & diving (male); Erica Meissner, swimming & diving (female) / Davis: Justin Hargett, baseball (male); Addison Ragsdale, soccer (female)
Florida – McWhorter: Michael Yuan, swimming & diving (male); Ali Crabb, track & field/cross country (female) / Davis: Bobby Walsh, swimming & diving (male); Megan Bush, softball (female)
Georgia – March 23
Kentucky – March 24
LSU – March 25
Ole Miss – March 28
Miss. State – March 29
South Carolina – March 30
Tennessee – March 31
Vanderbilt – April 1
National Student-Athlete Day was created in 1987 by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) and Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society, and presented by the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).
National Student-Athlete Day is held each April 6 to celebrate outstanding student-athletes who have achieved excellence in academics and athletics while having made significant contributions to the community. It is also a time to recognize those parents, teachers, coaches and school systems which make it possible for young people to find the balance between academics and athletics.
Each year, the SEC, in conjunction with AT&T, an SEC Corporate Champion sponsor, provides the league’s male and female McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients with a $15,000 post-graduate scholarship. The 22 remaining male and female finalists for the award will also receive a $7,500 post-graduate scholarship. The Davis Award recipients each receive a $6,000 post-graduate scholarship, provided by the SEC. The 22 remaining male and female finalists for the award will also receive a $3,000 post-graduate scholarship.
The award recipients are chosen by a committee of Faculty Athletics Representatives from the 12 SEC institutions and are honored at the SEC Spring Meetings in Sandestin, Fla. on June 3.
Last year’s McWhorter Award recipients were Auburn swimmer Jordan Anderson and Tennessee track & field athlete Phoebe Wright. The Davis Award recipients were Georgia track & field athlete John Egan and Auburn gymnast Krissy Voss.