Aug. 19, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Eight Florida State student-athletes, including repeat winner Kim Williams, have earned Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar Awards for the 2009-10 academic year as presented for outstanding academic and athletic achievement by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. Diverse is America’s premier source for news and information about diversity in the U.S. educational system.
Williams, of the nationally prominent track and field team, is joined by Tiffany McCarty and Casey Short of the nationally ranked women’s soccer team, Vahid Mirzadeh of the men’s tennis team which advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2010 NCAA Tournament, Caila Coleman and Danielle Williams of the women’s track and field team and Lloyd Owens and Aleia Monden of the nationally ranked swimming and diving team.
The eight Seminole student-athletes named to prestigious list marked a single year high for Florida State student-athletes on the list and the second consecutive that at least six Seminoles had been named Arthur Ashe Scholars.
“We are very proud of how well all of our student-athletes perform in the classroom,” said Director of Athletic Academic Support Bill Shults. “We had 216 of our student-athletes named to the ACC Honor Roll, had nearly 54 percent of our student-athlete population earn at least a 3.0 grade point average during the spring semester and had four earn Academic All-American honors. Our student-athletes performed so well in the classroom and finished fifth in the national standings in the Director’s Cup for overall athletic excellence. Our student-athletes enjoyed a very special year.”
Inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe, Jr’s commitment for education as well as he love for the game of tennis, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education established the Sports Scholar Awards to recognize outstanding sports scholars. In addition to their athletic abilities, all of the Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholars must exhibit academic excellence and community activism.
To be included, student-athletes must 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.