FAIRFAX, Va. – FGCU women’s tennis junior Sarah Means was named as one of 16 finalists for the 2014 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award, announced by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine on Thursday.
In 1992, Black Issues In Higher Education magazine, now Diverse, established the Sports Scholars Awards to honor undergraduate students of color who exemplify the standards set by tennis great Arthur Ashe Jr. In addition to their athletic ability, students named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars must exhibit academic excellence as well as community activism. With the winner announced April 10, the 2014 finalists were chosen from over 600 outstanding minority student-athletes nominated by their respective institutions.
Majoring in pre-business management, Means (Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch HS) holds a 3.90 grade point average and has been named to the Dean’s List every semester of her academic career.
Her drive for success in the classroom is duplicated on the court as Means is one of the Eagles’ top performers. Since joining the Green and Blue in January 2012, the Wesley Chapel native has accumulated 42 career wins. Consistently playing the No. 1 singles position, Means holds a 6-3 record in the season’s dual matches, and is 18-8 overall during her junior year.
Means’ talents are not only recognized by FGCU, but with the Atlantic Sun Conference. A two-time conference Player of the Week honoree, Means was named a conference scholar in 2013 and named to the A-Sun All-Freshmen Team in 2012.
About the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award:
To be included, students have to compete in an intercollegiate sport; maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2; and are active on their campuses or in their communities. This year the NCAA Office of Inclusion has partnered with Diverse to present this standout class of scholar athletes. Approximately 600 male and female students from across the country were nominated.
Past award recipients include: Baylor University’s Robert Griffin III, Heisman Trophy winner and Washington Redskins quarterback (2011); the University of Tennessee’s Kara Lawson, ESPN analyst who played for the WNBA’s Sacramento Monarchs (2003); San Diego State University’s Marshall Faulk, NFL Hall of Famer (1993); the University of Kansas’ Jacque Vaughn, head coach of the NBA’s Orlando Magic (1996); and North Carolina State University’s Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks quarterback (2011).
2014 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award Finalists: