2013

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

ryanevans2
Ryan A. Evans - Basketball (M)

School: University of Wisconsin
Year: 2013
Major: Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis

Female Sport Winners

nicoleharlee
Jessica N. Harlee - Basketball (W)

School: West Virginia University
Year: 2013
Major: Industrial Engineering

Male Sport Finalists

twanybeckham
Twany E. Beckham - Basketball (M)

School: University of Kentucky
Year: 2013
Major: Communication

laurencebowers
Laurence R. Bowers - Basketball (M)

School: University of Missouri
Year: 2013
Major: Health Education and Promotion

joelknight
Joel J. Kight - Football

School: University of Mississippi
Year: 2013
Major: Journalism with Park & Rec Mgmt Minor

javierbalboa
Javier N. Balboa - Gymnastics (M)

School: University of Iowa
Year: 2013
Major: Economics

germandecena
German E. Decena - Football

School: William Paterson University
Year: 2013
Major: Sociology

devinhedgepeth
Devin D. Hedgepeth - Football

School: Oklahoma State University
Year: 2013
Major: Industrial Engineering and Management

christopherburnett
Christopher J. Burnette - Football

School: University of Georgia
Year: 2013
Major: Finance

andrewnunez
Andrew J. Nunez - Baseball

School: Caldwell
Year: 2013
Major: Management

Female Sport Finalists

takenyanixon
Ta’Kenya Nixon - Basketball (W)

School: Eastern Illinois University
Year: 2013
Major: Biological Science

moniqueweathers
Monique Weathers - Basketball (W)

School: Benedict College
Year: 2013
Major: Economics

michelleikoma
Michelle Ikoma - Gymnastics (W)

School: University of North Carolina - Chapel HIll
Year: 2013
Major: Business Administration; Exercise and Sport Science

shaylabivins
Shayla J. Bivins - Basketball (W)

School: Georgia Institute of Technology
Year: 2013
Major: Science, Technology, & Culture

minamiyamamura
Minami K. Yamamura - Gymnastics (W)

School: University of California, Davis
Year: 2013
Major: Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior

kastineevans
Kastine E. Evans - Basketball (W)

School: University of Kentucky
Year: 2013
Major: Business Management

ifeatuokafor
Ifeatu I. Okafor - Track/Cross Country (W)

School: Texas Tech University
Year: 2013
Major: Physician Assistant Studies

alexandracouzo
Alexandra B. Couzo - Soccer (W)

School: Felician College
Year: 2013
Major: Biology-Physical Therapy

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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