Friday, September 17, 2010

Saketh Myneni Awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship


INDIANAPOLIS - Senior Saketh Myneni has been awarded a postgraduate scholarship by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, which was announced last month. Myneni is one of six Southeastern Conference student-athletes to earn an NCAA postgraduate scholarship for spring sports and the only one in the league from men's tennis. He is also the 15th Crimson Tide student-athlete to earn the award in the past 10 years.

"We're extremely proud to have Saketh earn this latest honor," Alabama Assistant Athletic Director for Student Services Jon Dever said. "Five University of Alabama student-athletes were finalists for an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, and he is one of two to come away with this prestigious accolade. Saketh is extremely dedicated and driven, and I know he has a bright future ahead of him."
Myneni has a current grade point average of 3.805 in finance and economics. The Andhra Pradesh, India, native was named to the 2010 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America Men's At-Large Third Team and was the 2010 SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men's tennis.
Myneni was a finalist for the Paul W. Bryant Award, which is given to Alabama's top scholar-athlete, and was awarded an SEC Postgraduate Scholarship. He earned First Team All-SEC honors for the second straight year, and was also named the ITA/Farnsworth Senior Player of the Year for the Southern Region by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

"I am delighted that Saketh is the recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship," Assistant Director of Athletic Student Services Fern Hampton said. "He is one of the hardest working student-athletes I have known."

Myneni closed out his 2010 campaign with a final singles ranking of No. 22 nationally. He collected 21 singles wins on the season, including 11 consecutive before bowing out in the Round of 32 of the 2010 NCAA Men's Singles Championships.

"Saketh's incredible work ethic, character and outgoing personality have made him popular amongst faculty, administrators and students on campus and within the Tuscaloosa community," Hampton added. "He is very deserving of this latest recognition of his achievements."

Scholarships of $7,500 have been given by the NCAA to 29 male and 29 female student-athletes who participated in men's and women's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's outdoor track and field, baseball, men's volleyball, softball, women's rowing and women's water polo.
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