2012

Diverse: Issues In Higher Education sponsors the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Awards to honor students of color who have excelled in the classroom as well as on the athletic field. Inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe, Jr.'s commitment to education as well as his love for the game of tennis, U.S. colleges and universities are invited to participate in this annual awards program by nominating their outstanding sports scholars. In addition to their athletic ability and academic performance, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars demonstrate a commitment to community service and student leadership.

Male Sport Winners

Victor Olayemi Ojeleye
Victor Olayemi Ojeleye - Basketball (M)

School: Kansas State University
Year: 2012
Major: Accounting and Finance

Female Sport Winners

Chelsea Tanille Garcia
Chelsea Tanille Garcia - Softball

School: Oklahoma State University
Year: 2012
Major: Secondary Education option in Mathematics / Secondary Education option in Spanish

Male Sport Finalists

Jeremy T. Perry
Jeremy T. Perry - Football

School: Tennessee State University
Year: 2012
Major: Human Performance and Sports Science

Emmanuel Chinedum Acho
Emmanuel Chinedum Acho - Football

School: University of Texas
Year: 2012
Major: Sports Management

Kevin A Deherrera
Kevin A Deherrera - Tennis (M)

School: Valparaiso University
Year: 2012
Major: CE

Darrell Luis Carroll
Darrell Luis Carroll - Basketball (M)

School: Catholic University
Year: 2012
Major: International Economics and Finance

Zane Samuel Tharakan
Zane Samuel Tharakan - Soccer (M)

School: North Carolina State University
Year: 2012
Major: Business Management - Finance concentration

Tiago Reichert
Tiago Reichert - Soccer (M)

School: The University of Memphis
Year: 2012
Major: International Business

Miguel – Pineda
Miguel - Pineda - Gymnastics (M)

School: Penn State University
Year: 2012
Major: Biology

Guy Kubi
Guy Kubi - Tennis (M)

School: Winthrop University
Year: 2012
Major: Business Administration

Mustafa Chopan
Mustafa Chopan - Soccer (M)

School: University of California, Davis
Year: 2012
Major: Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior

Female Sport Finalists

Krista Thi Lopez
Krista Thi Lopez - Baseball

School: Oklahoma State University
Year: 2012
Major: Accounting & Management

Bridget Sanchez
Bridget Sanchez - Track/Cross Country (W)

School: Eastern Illinois University
Year: 2012
Major: Psychology

Beth Lynn West
Beth Lynn West - Soccer (W)

School: Texas A&M University
Year: 2012
Major: Allied Health

Iman T Kennedy
Iman T Kennedy - Volleyball (W)

School: University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
Year: 2012
Major: Psychology

Altrese A. Hawkins
Altrese A. Hawkins - Volleyball (W)

School: The University of Memphis
Year: 2012
Major: Biology, Chemistry, & Psychology

Miranda Simone Wilson
Miranda Simone Wilson - Track/Cross Country (W)

School: University of Miami
Year: 2012
Major: Mental Health Counseling

Catherine W Chan
Catherine W Chan - Swmming & Diving (W)

School: Brooklyn College
Year: 2012
Major: Biology

Karissa – Garcia
Karissa - Garcia - Soccer (W)

School: Pepperdine University
Year: 2012
Major: Business Administration

Jamila S. McKinnis
Jamila S. McKinnis - Volleyball (W)

School: Stillman College
Year: 2012
Major: Biology

More About This Scholarship:

As the name denotes, the annual Ashe edition is part of the magazine’s quarter-century legacy of recognizing young, outstanding minority men and women who have distinguished themselves in their academic and athletic pursuits.

In addition to their athletic ability, students named 2020 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5, be at least a sophomore academically and be active on their campuses or in their communities.

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