Alabama’s Myneni Nominated for McWhorter Postgraduate Scholarship
Senior tennis standout selected as Alabama’s male nominee for the $10,000 scholarship
Courtesy: Alabama Athletics
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Men’s tennis senior Saketh Myneni has been selected as Alabama’s male nominee for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Postgraduate Scholarship which was announced by the Southeastern Conference office on Thursday. The scholarship, given annually to the league’s top male and female scholar-athletes, has been presented since 1986. Senior gymnast Kassi Price was also selected as the Crimson Tide’s female nominee for the prestigious award.
"It's an outstanding honor for Saketh to be Alabama's nominee for the H. Boyd McWhorter Postgraduate Scholarship,” said head coach Billy Pate. “He's had a tremendous academic career in addition to his on court achievements. He's the consummate student-athlete, and I'm exceptionally proud of how he represents our university and tennis program."
Myneni, a native of Andhra Pradesh, India, currently holds a 3.79 grade point average and is majoring in finance and economics. He’s earned both President’s List and Dean’s List honors throughout his tenure at Alabama and is a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Last season, Myneni was named to the ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District IV At-Large Team and has thrice been selected as an Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athlete. In addition, he is a Commerce and Business Administration Scholar-Athlete at the Capstone and a Crimson Achievement Scholar.
Myneni has enjoyed much success on the courts as well playing primarily at the No. 1 position for the Tide for the past three seasons. He was an All-SEC First Team selection in 2009 and was named ITA Southeast Region Player to Watch following his junior season. Myneni was selected to participate in the 2009 NCAA Singles Championships and has held national rankings as high as No. 22 in singles and No. 14 in doubles.
Myneni has also spent time volunteering in the community taking part in the Walk to Defeat ALS, in addition to visiting the local YMCA and participating in the U.S. Tennis Association “Quick Start” program that teaches tennis to at-risk youth.
The SEC will announce the winners of the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholarships on April 6. Both the male and female recipients will receive a $10,000 postgraduate scholarship with the remaining 22 finalists receiving a $5,000 award.