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

Khari Blasingame - Football

School: Vanderbilt University
Year: 2019
Major: Medicine, Health and Society

Male Sport Finalists

Grant Rivers - Track & Cross Country

School: North Carolina State University
Year: Graduate Student
Major: Communication

Sanil Thomas - Volleyball

School: The Ohio State University
Year: Senior
Major: Finance and Marketing

J.T. Escobar - Basketball

School: University of Northern Florida
Year: Senior
Major: Criminology

Female Sport Winners

Asia Seidt - Swimming & Diving

School: University of Kentucky
Year: 2019
Major: Kinesiology

Female Sport Finalists

Kendall Skuse - Lacrosse

School: Buffalo State College
Year: Senior
Major: Speech Language Pathology

Lauren Waller - Golf

School: Penn State University
Year: Senior
Major: Biology Behavioral Health

Stephanie Relova - Gymnastics

School: San José State University
Year: Senior
Major: Business Management

More About This Program:

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 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.