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Diverse: Issues In Higher Education sponsors the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Awards to honor undergraduate students 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.


2017 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Awards Luncheon
25th Anniversary Luncheon, University of Richmond
2017 Sports Scholars of the Year, Nicole Evans - Illinois and Paul Sime - Kentucky
Retired NASA astronaut Leland Melvin, Nicole Evans, Paul Sime
Ashe Family Members
NCAA Director of Inclusion, Sonja Robinson
University of Richmond President, Dr. Ronald Crutcher
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education Co-Founder, Frank L. Matthews
Univ. of Richmond Director of Athletics, Keith Gill
(Left) Keith Gill (Right) Leland Melvin
25th Anniversary Luncheon
25th Anniversary Luncheon
Keynoter Leland Melvin
Paul Sime offers acceptance remarks as Male Scholar of the Year
Keynoter Leland Melvin
Nicole Evans offers acceptance remarks as Female Scholar of the Year
Nicole Evans (Left) Sonja Robinson (Center) Paul Sime (Right)
Sonja Robinson, NCAA, Yurina Harada, George Washington University, Gymnastics, Frank J. Matthews, Diverse Sports
Alex Grady, Georgia Tech Men’s Track and Field Sport Winner (Center)
Bria Matthews Georgia Tech Women’s Track and Field Sport Winner(Center)
Miles Jennings Braden, Hampton Univ., Men’s Sailing Sport Winner
Domanique Hardy (Center) Hampton University, Track and Field
Kayla Key (Center) Hampton University, Track and Field
Rayon Black (Center) Hampton University, Track and Field
Kelly Oler(Center) James Madison University, Track and Field
Sidra Morris (Center) James Madison University, Track and Field
Shenel Crooke (Center) Morgan State University, Track and Field
Kevin Leach (Center) Morgan State University, Track and Field

Arjun Ramakrishan (Center) Morgan State University, Tennis
Airius Moore (Center), N.C. State University, Football
Will Brown III (Center) N.C. State University, Football
Derek DJ Lee (Center) University of Richmond, Baseball
Kevin Leach (Center) Morgan State University, Track and Field
Kevin Leach (Center) Morgan State University, Track and Field
Airius Moore (Center), N.C. State University, Football
Will Brown III (Center) N.C. State University, Football
Derek DJ Lee (Center) University of Richmond, Baseball
Afees Abolurin (Center) Univ. of Maryland Baltimore County, Track and Field
Elijah Wright (Center) Univ. of Maryland Baltimore County, Swimming and Diving
Pandora Wilson (Center) Univ. of Maryland Baltimore County, Basketball
Audrey Gould (Center) University of Virginia, Swimming & Diving
Thai-son Kwiatkowski (Center) University of Virginia, Tennis
Alexsys Pullen (Center) Virginia State University, Basketball
Stephen Mines (Center) Virginia State University, Football
Marissa Hughes (Center) Virginia State University Softball
Cristeline Cadeau (Center) Virginia State University, Track and Field
Daryl Simmons (Center) Virginia State University, Football
Joy Hickman Simmons (Center) Virginia State University, Basketball
Lawrence Harris (Center) Virginia State University, Track and Field
Demone’ Brickhouse (Center) Virginia State University, Softball
Adriana Hazou (Center) Virginia State University, Volleyball


2018 Award Winners


HALEY CLARK - BASKETBALL
School:
University of Georgia
Year:
Graduate Student
Major
Financial Planning
Cumulative GPA:
3.9
Fall GPA:
3.9
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BLAISE TAYLOR - FOOTBALL
School:
Arkansas State University
Year:
Master’s degree completed
Major
Business Administration
Cumulative GPA:
4.0
Fall 2016 GPA:
3.85
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