Paying for college tuition just got easier for 25 super student athletes thanks to The National Milk Mustache "got milk?" Campaign and USA Today's 9th annual Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year (SAMMY) Award. The 2006 SAMMY winners represent the best of the best high school seniors in the classroom and on the playing field.

"We are proud to have the opportunity to honor and award these extraordinary teens who understand the importance of staying focused on studying hard, staying active and making healthy lifestyle choices, like including milk in their daily routine," said Kurt Graetzer, CEO of The National Milk Mustache "got milk?" Campaign. "The 2006 SAMMY winners serve as inspiring role models to teens across the nation and future SAMMY Award winners."

SAMMY winners will receive a $7,500 scholarship and join Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and champion figure skater Sarah Hughes for an award ceremony and induction into the SAMMY Hall of Fame at The Milk House at Disney's Wide World of Sports. Each of the 25 National winners also will grace the pages of the June 23 USA Today issue with their very own milk mustache ad.

More than 51,000 students across the country applied for the 2006 SAMMY award, which has funded more than $1,000,000 in college scholarships to some of the country's most talented students over the years. This year's winners were selected by a panel of celebrity judges including Andy Roddick, Jason Kidd, Mia Hamm, Tony Hawk and Michelle Kwan.

Following is the list of 2006 SAMMY winners:

  • Luke Trafton, Bath, Maine.
  • Carl Kubler, Williamstown, Mass.
  • Stephen Chester, Charlottesville, Va.
  • Kiara Tucker, Elgin, S.C.
  • Kristen Weaver, Orange Park, Fla.
  • Kara Morgenstern, Lido Beach, N.Y.
  • Ronald Tisdale,   Perrysville, Ohio.
  • Thomas Davis, Prospect, Ky.
  • Corey Lager, Kalamazoo, Mich.
  • Sarah Bly, Greendale, Wis.
  • Kelly Costello, Westchester, Ill.
  • Katelyn Ostendorf, Zionsville, Ind.
  • Charlotte Buhler, Mitchell, S.D.
  • Mary Schuette, Wichita, Kan.
  • Stephanie Sutton, Lincoln, Neb.
  • Brooklyn Sandvall, Arlington, Texas
  • Daniel Belet, Missoula, Mont.
  • Austin Andrus, Kuna, Idaho.
  • Derek Bruton, Duchesne, Utah.
  • Janean Jubic, Pueblo West, Colo.
  • Charlton Morgan Swinehart, Ranchos de Taos, N.M.
  • Laura Mozdzen, Gilbert, Ariz.
  • Gregory Jungwirth, Keizer, Ore.
  • Jordan Swarthout, Olympia, Wash.
  • Tyrone McGraw, San Francisco, Calif.

The $7,500 SAMMY scholarship is given once a year to 25 college-bound high school senior athletes. For more information on this year's SAMMY winners, other contests and events, log onto www.whymilk.com.

The Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP), Washington, D.C., is funded by the nation's milk processors, who are committed to increasing fluid milk consumption. Together with dairy farmers, the MilkPEP Board runs the National Milk Mustache "got milk?" Campaign, a multi-faceted campaign designed to educate consumers on the benefits of milk. For more information, go to www.whymilk.com.

For more information about the winners, go to: http://www.newswire1.net/NW2006/A_WEB_CH/webSAM06/

MilkPEP via newswire