Contact: Ralph Newell
FAIRFAX, Va. — Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine is pleased to announce the 2021 Arthur Ashe Jr. semifinalists for Male and Female Athlete of the Year (in alphabetical order):
2021 Male Semifinalists:
2021 Female Semifinalists:
As the name denotes, the annual Ashe 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, students named 2021 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.
Winners in each individual sport category are also selected for the annual Ashe edition.
This year’s Sports Winners are (in alphabetical order by sport):
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.
2021 Ashe Scholars competing in this year’s March Madness tournament include Kalib Boone, Oklahoma State; Kamaka Hepa, University of Texas; and Anthony Duruji, University of Florida, on the men’s side. And Bigue Sarr, Oklahoma State; Danielle Patterson, Indiana University; Gabby Connally, University of Georgia; Joanne Allen-Taylor and Celeste Taylor, University of Texas; Keondra McKinney, University of Kentucky; Taya Corosdale, Oregon State; Ula Motuga, Washington State; and Zipporah Broughton, Rutgers University, on the women’s side.
The 2021 Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar of the Year finalists will be announced prior to publication date.
Published since 1984, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education is the nation’s only newsmagazine dedicated exclusively to diversity issues in higher education. Visit online at www.diverseeducation.com.