AUBURN, ALA., May 3. Swimming standout Matt Busbee was selected as the 2000 male recipient of the prestigious NCAA Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship. Busbee was selected from among three finalists from all divisions who were interviewed by the Walter Byers Scholarship Committee in La Jolla, Calif. The Mobile, Ala. native will receive a $12,500 scholarship
towards medical school at UAB.
Busbee, who was named an AAU Sullivan Award finalist earlier this year, helped Auburn to two swimming national titles and four SEC team titles. He is a three-time NCAA Champion, a 14-time All-American
and six-time SEC Champion. He was recently named to the GTE Academic All-America Team and is a four-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection.
At the 2000 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, he was the lead-off leg of the winning 200-meter free relay team which recorded the world's best time of 1:24.83.
The scholarship is annually awarded to one male and one female student-athlete in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and potential for success in postgraduate study in his or her planned
The Walter Byers scholarship was established in 1988 after the former NCAA executive director.It recognizes his contributions though encouraging excellence in academic performance, by student-athletes. Recipients of the scholarship are required to have a 3.5 grade point average, show evidence of superior character and leadership and they must demonstrate that athletics has been a positive influence on their personal and intellectual development.
Busbee graduated in Spring 1999 summa cum laude with a 3.86 grade point average in biomedical sciences. He currently has a 4.0 while working on a Masters in Business Administration at Auburn.