HFU Student-Athletes Recognized with 2017 Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar Awards

Athletics Softball sizedTen Holy Family University student-athletes have been recognized with the 2017 Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar Award in the latest issue of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Graduate student Cristian Cepeda was named a male semifinalist for the award. Cepeda is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Holy Family University and is a member of the men’s soccer team. Additionally, nine other HFU student-athletes were recognized for their commitment to their craft and the classroom with team awards.

"The Athletics Department is extremely proud of all of our student-athletes who were recognized as 2017 Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholars,” said Robin Arnold, Associate Director of Athletics. “They each represent the highest ideals of excellence in the classroom, in athletics, and in service to the community."

According to their website, “Diverse: Issues in Higher Education sponsors the Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar Awards to honor undergraduate students who have excelled in the classroom as well as on the athletic field. 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.”

To qualify for the designation, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher through the spring 2016 term, must have completed one full academic year at the institution, must be currently enrolled in the nominating institution, must have been an active member of an intercollegiate athletic team during the 2015-16 academic year, must have demonstrated a record of service to the campus or community, and must be a minority student-athlete.

Individual Awards

Graduate Cristian Cepeda, Criminal Justice, Men’s Soccer, Male Semifinalist for the Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar Award

Team Awards

Sophomore Samantha Klem, Digital Forensics, Softball, Fourth Team, 3.36 GPA

Junior Mariano Cepeda, Finance, Men’s Soccer, First Team, 3.87 GPA

Junior Taurai Augustin, Biology/Pre-Med, Men’s Track and Field, First Team, 3.97 GPA

Junior Victoria Hernandez, Criminal Justice, Softball, First Team, 3.96 GPA

Senior Corey Williams, Accounting, Men’s Track and Field, First Team, 3.68 GPA

Senior Brianna Scotto, Accounting, Softball, First Team, 3.85 GPA

Senior Christina Little, Art Therapy, Women's Tennis, Third Team, 3.28 GPA

Senior Kianna Tidball-Beckford, Criminal Justice, Women’s Track and Field, Fifth Team, 3.43 GPA

Senior Emerald Adams, Management Marketing, Women’s Tennis, Second Team, 3.57 GPA