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 Winner

D'ERIQ KING - Football

School: University of Miami
Year: 2021
Major: Health with a Sociology minor

Female Winner

Mariah White - Basketball

School: Cleveland State University
Year: 2021
Major: Math Education

Male Sport Finalists

Tyler Williams - Baseball

School: California State University, San Bernardino 
Year: Senior
Major: Communications

Jeronimo Valdepena - Soccer

School: California State University, San Bernardino
Year: Senior
Major: Kinesiology

Shea Pitts - Football

School: University of California, Los Angeles
Year: Senior
Major: Political Science

Andre Mintze - Football

School: Vanderbilt University
Year: Graduate Student
Major: Medicine, Health and Society

Adrian Martinez - Football

School: University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Year: Senior
Major: Management

Paolo Marciano - Soccer

School: Adelphi University
Year: Senior
Major: Management

Kamaka Hepa - Basketball

School: University of Texas at Austin 
Year: Senior
Major: Sports Management

Daniel Do - Track and Cross Country

School: Stockton University
Year: Senior
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Samuel Cudjoe - Golf

School: Saint Augustine University
Year: Senior
Major: Sports Management

Female Sport Finalists

Chanel Thomas - Soccer

School: University of Mississippi
Year: Graduate Student
Major: Business Administration

Macy Somoskey - Golf

School: University of Mississippi
Year: Senior
Major: Mathematics

Savanna Ly-Nguyen - Tennis

School: Washington State University
Year: Junior
Major: Neuroscience

Alisha Lau - Golf

School: University of Colorado, Boulder
Year: Senior
Major: Media Production

Britt Larson-Jackson - Equestrian

School: Sweet Briar College
Year: Junior
Major: Business

Touri Holmes - Bowling

School: Morgan State
Year: Senior
Major: Computer Science

Lena Greene - Gymnastics

School: Oregon State University
Year: Senior
Major: Bioengineering

Jessica Drop - Track and Field

School: University of Georgia
Year: Senior
Major: Cellular Biology

Riley Agerbeek - Water Polo

School: San José State University
Year: Senior
Major: Justice Studies

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.

Nancy J. Tubbs
Nancy J Tubbs