COLLEGE STATION, Texas, June 1. ALFRED MANSOUR, a senior swimmer for the 11th-ranked Texas A&M men's swimming and diving team this past season, was selected as one of 13 Big 12 Conference scholar-athletes to receive a $5,000 postgraduate scholarship, the league office announced.
Mansour, a native of Alexandria, La., was named to the Academic All-Big 12 first team four years in a row and in 2000 was named to the GTE Academic All-District first team and the GTE Academic All-America third team.
The biomedical science major will attend medical school at Louisiana State University in New Orleans.
Mansour made his third appearance at the 2001 NCAA Championships this spring, earning his sixth and seventh all-America honors as a member of the 11th
place, record-setting 800 freestyle relay team and by qualifying the 200 free relay for finals.
The conference created the annual scholarship awards for male and female athletes who show excellence in the classroom as well as in their respective sports.
A committee of three faculty representatives, one senior women's administrator and one director of athletics form the selection committee for the prestigious awards. Criteria for these awards include a cumulative grade point averate of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, participation in at least two years of intercollegiate athletics at the scholar-athlete's respective institution, and completion of athletics' eligibility. The scholar-athletes also must graduate from their respective member institutions within 15
months of their selection as postgraduate scholarship recipients and are expected to enroll in graduate/ professional schools within two years after they graduate.
Previous Aggies to have earned the postgraduate scholarship were Kera Alexander (basketball), Mark Naftanel (diving) and Jennifer Guillory (swimming).