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Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars special report to be published on April 4 — Semifinalists Announced


Contact: Ralph Newell
Phone: 703.385.2419
Email: [email protected]

FAIRFAX, VA (March 8, 2019) – On April 4, 2019, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education will publish its annual Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars special report edition.

As the name denotes, this edition is a part of our quarter-century legacy of recognizing outstanding minority young men and women who have distinguished themselves in their academic and athletic pursuits.

In addition to their athletic ability, the students named 2019 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars have maintained a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5, are at least a sophomore academically, and have been active on their campuses or in their communities. Of the close to 1,000 scholar athletes nominated, one male and one female athlete will be selected as Sports Scholar of the Year.

The female semifinalists are:

  • Amari Black, Fayetteville State University, Cheerleading
  • Katelyn Lentz, Arizona State University, Gymnastics
  • Kristin Quah, Vanderbilt University, Bowling
  • Nina Radulovic, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Rifle
  • Stephanie Relova, San José State University, Gymnastics
  • Asia Seidt, University of Kentucky, Swimming & Diving
  • Kendall Skuse, Buffalo State College, Lacrosse
  • Juah Toe, West Chester University (Pa.), Rugby
  • Lauren Waller, Penn State University, Golf
  • Karrington Winters, The Ohio State University, Track/Cross Country

The male semifinalists are:

  • David Baker, Prairie View A&M University, Golf
  • Khari Blasingame, Vanderbilt University, Football
  • Myles Brown, UNC Charlotte, Soccer
  • Brooks Campbell, North Carolina Central University, Tennis
  • J.T. Escobar, University of North Florida, Basketball
  • Alex Kerai, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Sailing
  • Anthony Orozco, Menlo College, Wrestling
  • Grant Rivers, North Carolina State University, Track/Cross Country
  • Erik Suh, St. John’s University, Lacrosse
  • Sanil Thomas, The Ohio State University, Volleyball

Past Ashe scholars include: Baylor University’s Robert Griffin III (2011); the University of Tennessee’s Kara Lawson (2003); San Diego State University’s Marshall Faulk (1993); and Stanford University’s Simone Manuel (2017) — a four-time Olympic medalist, just to name a few who have gone on to achieve great success.

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