Student athletes from Mississippi’s public, private, two-year and four-year postsecondary institutions were honored recently for their achievements in the classroom with the annual Halbrook Awards.
The awards were presented during a recent virtual business meeting of the Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities (MAC).
The program recognizes colleges and universities that achieve and maintain high academic standards for student athletes, thus encouraging high graduation rates. The award was endowed by former Mississippi Representative David Halbrook Sr. and his brothers in honor of their parents.
The awards are usually presented during the annual MAC Conference, which brings together attendees from across the state serving in postsecondary institutions in roles including presidents and chancellors, chief academic officers, chief student affairs officers, chief financial officers, admissions officers, institutional effectiveness officers, faculty and administrators. Due to COVID-19, the MAC Conference was not held this year.
University of Mississippi Chancellor Dr. Glenn Boyce, who served as the 2019-2020 president of the MAC Board of Directors, presented the awards.
The David M. Halbrook (traveling) Trophy awards are presented to the colleges and universities with the highest percentage of graduating student athletes. This year’s recipients include:
Community and Junior College Division:
- (Tie) Itawamba Community College and
- Northwest Mississippi Community College
Independent College and University Division:
- Millsaps College
Public University Women’s Division:
- (Tie) Mississippi State University and
- The University of Southern Mississippi
Public University Men’s Division:
- Alcorn State University
Student Athlete Certificate Recipients:
|Alcorn State University
|Delta State University
|Mississippi State University
|Mississippi University for Women
|Mississippi Valley State University
|University of Mississippi
|University of Southern Mississippi
|Ashley C. Favors
|Mayowa “Mario” Asaggunla
|Blue Mountain College
|Aubrey Leah Johnson
|Jonathan J. Jones
|Emily S. McNair
|William Carey University
|Community and Junior College Division
|Coahoma Community College
|Copiah-Lincoln Comm. College
|Katelyn Anne Hayman
|East Central Community College
|East Mississippi Comm. College
|Hinds Community College
|David Millard Rimer
|Johannah Grace Ballenger
|Holmes Community College
|Itawamba Community College
|Meridian Community College
|MS Delta Community College
|MS Gulf Coast Comm. College
|Northeast MS Comm. College
|Northwest MS Comm. College
|Pearl River Community College
|Southwest MS Comm. College
The John C. and Ernestine McCall Halbrook Improvement Award is a cash award presented to a single college or university that has shown the greatest increase over the previous year in the percentage of athletes graduating. This year’s recipient is Tougaloo College.
The David M. Halbrook Certificate for Academic Achievement Among Athletes recognizes the efforts of individual student athletes who excel in academics, leadership, and service. Each college or university selected a male and female student athlete to receive this recognition.
The Halbrook Award for Academic Achievement Among Athletes was established in 1984 as a result of the passage of House Concurrent Resolution No. 88. The awards program is made possible through endowments from former Representative David M. Halbrook of Belzoni and his brothers, John C. and James G. Halbrook of Belzoni and J. A. Halbrook of Beaumont, Texas, in honor of their parents, John C. and Ernestine McCall Halbrook.
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