Perry Finalist for Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar Award
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Perry Finalist for Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar Award

Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee State University football senior Jeremy Perry was named one of 10 male finalists for the prestigious Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award as announced conjunctionally by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education and the NCAA.

Perry was one of 600 nominees and was chosen as the program's football representative. In addition to their athletic ability, students named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars must exhibit academic excellence as well as community activism. To be included, students have to compete in an intercollegiate sport; maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.2; and be active on their campuses or in their communities. This year the NCAA partnered with Diverse to present this standout class of scholar athletes.

Perry, a native of Memphis, graduated with his bachelor's degree in Communications last year. He currently holds a 4.0 GPA as a graduate student in Human Performance and Sports Sciences. Perry was a two-time member of the OVC Commissioners Honor Roll and a three-time selection on the President's List (4.0 GPA).

Beyond the classroom, Perry spent three seasons with the Tigers after transferring from Middle Tennessee. Perry played in 21 games for the Big Blue, amassing 2,313 yards and 14 touchdowns in his career.

Perry is a strong community service representative for Tennessee State. He serves as the President of the TSU chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He participated in reading books to young children at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.

He also partook in collecting canned food items for the Samaritan Ministries. Perry earned the Civitan Award and the National Football Foundation Nashville Chaper Scholar Athlete Award.

Most recently, Perry helped produce a film called 'A Walk in My Shoes' with fellow TSU students. The film focused on two students' ability to handle homelessness for 24 hours. A Walk in My Shoes will be showcased in this week's Nashville Film Festival.

Winners for the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award will be profiled in the May 24 edition of Diverse magazine.

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