Fourteen Tennessee student-athletes earned Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar honors for the 2018-19 academic year.
Sponsored by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Awards honor undergraduate students who have excelled in the classroom as well as on the athletic field. To qualify for consideration, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore, maintain a GPA of 3.2 or higher and demonstrate a record of service to the campus or community.
“I am so proud of these 14 student-athletes,” Senior Associate Athletics Director and Assistant Provost Joe Scogin said. “The Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar recognition celebrates student-athletes that take advantage of every opportunity college athletics provides. These students choose to give their all for Tennessee – in the classroom, competitively and throughout our amazing community. I’m delighted that we get to take a moment to celebrate the incredible student-athletes that represent the University of Tennessee each and every day.”
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. This is the 27th year of the awards, which began in 1992.
Matthew Butler – Football
Mariah Smith – Women’s Golf
Waverly Whiston– Women’s Golf
Tjasa Pintar – Women’s Swimming and Diving
Ariadna Riley – Women’s Tennis
Ashley Morgan – Softball
Matty Moss – Softball
Cheyenne Labruzza – Football