Student Athletes Receive Academic Awards

Posted: May 19, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Four George Mason student athletes have been selected as 2003 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars, while 22 have been chosen as George Mason Scholar Athletes.

In the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars program, junior Bruce Baldwin was named to the first team for baseball, junior Corri Allen was named to the second team for women’s track and field, and juniors Susan Otim and Vernessa Neamo were third-team and honorable mention choices, respectively, for women’s basketball. It was the second time the program recognized each student athlete.

To qualify for the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar awards, the student athlete must be a student of color (African American, Hispanic, Asian, or Native American), must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher, must have completed one full academic year at his or her institution, must have a demonstrated record of service to the campus or community, and must be an active member of an intercollegiate athletic team during the 2002-03 season. Black Issues in Higher Education, a publication devoted to collegiate minority students and administrators, sponsors the program.

Those honored as George Mason Scholar Athletes include:

  • Seniors: Ben Adlard (golf), Ashley Craw (women’s swimming and diving), Marcus Davis (baseball), Amy Falk (women’s volleyball), Annmarie Fitzpatrick (women’s rowing), Naomi Hines (women’s soccer), Art Kulans (men’s volleyball), Shelbylynn McBride (women’s volleyball/women’s basketball), Paul Ondiak (men’s soccer), and Emily Smeltzer (women’s swimming and diving)
  • Juniors: Corri Allen (women’s track and field), Lisa Hagan (women’s lacrosse), Lesley Harvey (women’s basketball), Chris Looze (baseball), Jeannine Ohler (women’s lacrosse), Jeff Palumbo (baseball), and Laurel Sachleben (women’s rowing)
  • Sophomores: Jennifer Dahl (women’s soccer), Adam Innerst (baseball), and Liz Replogle (women’s swimming and diving)
  • Freshmen: Gabriel da Costa (men’s tennis) and Lindsay Dahling (women’s rowing)

The 22 student athletes chosen as George Mason Scholar Athletes have maintained a minimum cumulative GPA based on their year in school. Seniors must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.4; juniors, a 3.5; sophomores, a 3.6; and freshmen, a 3.7.

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