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    McWhorter and Davis Award Nominees: Georgia

    GEORGIA NOMINEES FOR McWHORTER AND DAVIS POST-GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS ANNOUNCED

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 23 – Swimmers Mark Dylla and Chelsea Nauta have been nominated for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship and track & field athletes Asaph Levy and  Bridget Lyons have been nominated for the Brad Davis Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship by the University of Georgia.
                   
    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 Bulldogs’ nominees include:

    Mark Dylla, Swimming and Diving (Male McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Nominee)
    • Will earn B.S. degree in Finance and Real Estate in May 2012
    • Three-time member of the College Swim Coaches Association All-Academic Team
    • Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and Dean’s List
    • Team captain this past season
    • Inducted into the Sphinx Society, the oldest honorary society at the University of Georgia, in 2010
    • Member of Terry College of Business Leonard Leadership Scholars Program
    • Member of UGA’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
    • Volunteer swim coach with Special Olympics and has given speeches to young swimmers on swimming and hard work
    • 13-time NCAA All-American (3 1T, 10 HM) and four-time SEC Champion
    • The Littleton, Colo., native is the son of Bernie and Judy Dylla
     
    Chelsea Nauta, Swimming and Diving (Female McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Nominee)
    •Will earn a B.S. degree in Biology in May 2012
    •Three-time member of the College Swim Coaches Association All-Academic Team
    •Dean’s List and SEC Academic Honor Roll student
    •Member of Alpha Epsilon Delta National Premedical Honor Society
    •Inducted into the UGA Palladia Society, the highest honor a woman can receive at the University of Georgia
    •Member of UGA’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
    •Volunteer swim coach and also participated in Athens Food Drive
    •Participated in American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life
    •13-time NCAA All-American (11 1T, 2 HM) and three-time SEC Champion
    •Member of the 800 freestyle relay that set the American record at the SEC Championship
    •Team captain this past season
    •The Tampa, Fla., native is the daughter of Steven Nauta and Andrea Rogers.

    Asaph Levy, Track and Field (Male Davis Community Service Nominee)
    •    Will earn a B.S. degree in Biology in May 2011
    •    Member of 2010 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team
    •    Dean’s List and SEC Academic Honor Roll student
    •    Three-year letter winner for UGA as a triple jumper, including advancing to the 2010 NCAA East Regional
    •    Founder and Vice-President of the UGA Biology and Life Sciences Association
    •    Member of Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
    •    Served as a mentor to students at Barrow Elementary School
    •    Volunteered at St. Mary’s Hospital and with Heroes, a program for HIV and AIDS awareness for young children
    •    The Kennesaw, Ga., native is the son of Dane and Karrol Levy

    Bridget Lyons, Track and Field (Female Davis Community Service Nominee)
    •    As a double major with a 3.88 GPA, will earn a B.S. degree in Biology and B.A. degree in Spanish in May 2011
    •    Member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and a Presidential Scholar at UGA
    •    U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team
    •    Member of Alpha Epsilon Delta premedical honor society
    •    Member of National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society
    •    Received 2011 Peach of an Athlete Award, given by Atlanta area Boy Scout Council to outstanding community service
    •    Student-Athlete representative to UGA Athletic Association Board of Directors
    •    Volunteered at Hope Dental Clinic, Oasis after School for Spanish speaking elementary school students, American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and Town and Gown Theatre Company.
    •    The Evans, Ga., native is the daughter of Jill Miller

    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 – McWhorter:  Mark Dylla, swimming & diving (male); Chelsea Nauta, swimming & diving (female) / Davis:  Asaph Levy, track & field (male); Bridget Lyons, track & field/cross country (female)
                    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.