Arthur Ashe Jr.

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

Darius Robinson
Faith, Family and Community, Darius Robinson, 2024 Male Winner
As the NFL Draft approached this spring, football pundits noted not only Darius Robinson’s athletic prowess, but his versatility and ability to play multiple positions.

Female Winner

Olivia Womack
Forward Motion, Olivia Womack, 2024 Female Winner
Outdoor track & field season brought University of Mississippi sprinter Olivia Womack to the realization that every moment counts.

Male Sport Finalists

Jacori Teemer
Jacori Teemer, Wrestling
Myles Collins
Myles Collins, Track/Cross Country
Chase Griffin
Chase Griffin, Football
Cliffor Omoruyi
Clifford Omoruyi, Basketball
Ashton Gillotte
Ashton Gillotte, Football
Dillon Jones
Dillon Jones, Basketball
Marcus Caldeira
Marcus Caldeira, Soccer
Tyler Williamson
Tyler Williamson, Crew
Job Trahan, Track/Cross Country

Female Sport Finalists

Elizabeth Cruz
Elizabeth Cruz, Soccer
Natasha Kim
Natasha Kim, Soccer
Morett Salas Ana
Ana Morett, Tennis
Jackie Azevedo
Jaqueline Azevedo, Waterpolo
Charlisse Leger Walker
Charlisse Leger-Walker, Basketball
Gabi Albiero
Gabi Albiero, Swimming & Diving
Mc Kenzie Long 2023
McKenzie Long, Track/Cross Country
Vanessa Deniz
Vanessa Deniz, Gymnastics
Madison Scott 2021
Madison Scott, Basketball
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.