The Southeastern Conference will name the 2007 recipients of the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship on April 6 in conjunction with National Student-Athlete Day.
Emeel Salem, a senior from Birmingham, has earned a 3.85 grade point average, majoring in Marketing with a minor in Spanish. He is a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll (2006-07 Spring Honor Roll announced later in spring) and a two-time member of the Dean's and President's List.
Salem received the 2007 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, which honors a male and female student of the graduating class and is considered the highest honor the University of Alabama bestows. It recognizes excellence of character and service to humanity and the practice application of noble ideals.
Salem was named a pre-season All-America outfielder by College Baseball Foundation, Rivals.com and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association in 2007. He was a semifinalist for the 2006 Brooks Wallace Award and a first-team All-American by the College Baseball Foundation.
Salem was also the 2006 SEC Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year and member of the 2006 SEC Good Works Team from community service. He was also a First-Team Academic All-American by CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine.
He was the only unanimous selection to the 2006 Coaches All-SEC Team and a made the 2006 NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional All-Tournament Team.
Aymara Albury, a senior from Nassau, Bahamas, has earned a 3.63 grade point average, with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Biology. She has been a member of the Dean's List for six semesters, a four-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and a member of the second team Arthur Ashe, Jr., Sports Scholar Team in 2006.
Albury is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa, National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Golden Key. She has been an active participant of the University of Alabama Student-Athlete Advisory Council for four years.
In 2004, she received the Black Faculty and Staff Academic Achievement Award and has done voluntary research in organic chemistry at Alabama.
Albury won the SEC title in the shot put in both the indoors and outdoors. She set a school indoor record in the shot put at Alabama in 2006 and competed in the 2004 and 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships.
The SEC Office will be releasing each of its institution's nominees periodically until the April 6 winners are announced.
National Student-Athlete Day was created in 1987 by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports
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 $10,000 post-graduate scholarship. The 22 remaining male and female finalists for the award will also receive a $5,000 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 May 31.
Last year's recipients were Florida basketball player Sarah Lowe and LSU football player Rudy Niswanger.