NASHVILLE --- Six Tennessee State University student-athletes were recognized as 2016 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars in the April edition of the Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine.
The award is given for outstanding academic and athletic achievement. Tennessee State’s six honorees are Samantha Beltran (volleyball), Christopher Collins (football), Clairwin Dameus (track and field), Amber Hughes (track and field), Brianna Lawrence (women’s basketball) and Samson Oyediran (men’s basketball).
"It is rewarding to see our student-athletes honored with one of the most prestigious awards in collegiate athletics," said TSU Athletics Director Teresa Phillips. "These students embody the balance of great athletic skill and strong academics. We are very proud of their accomplishments and are appreciative that their successes are being recognized."
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.
Inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe, Jr.’s commitment to education as well as his love for the game of tennis, the award seeks to honor students who have excelled in the classroom as well as on the athletic field. In addition to athletic excellence the student athletes were required to have a 3.2 GPA or higher as well as demonstrated a commitment to community service and leadership.