Five Valparaiso University student-athletes received the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Awards as selected by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. The award recognizes minority undergraduate students who have made achieving both academically and athletically a winning combination.
To be eligible for the honor, students have to be an intercollegiate athlete, maintain at least a 3.2 grade point average, and be active on their campus and in the community.
Earning the Arthur Ashe Jr. Awards are:
Angie Porché (Lynwood, Ill./Thornton Fractional South H.S.), named to the Volleyball First Team and was the top overall volleyball player selected. The psychology major has a 3.72 grade point average.
Adam Rundh (Aalborg, Denmark/Orjanskolan [Sweden] H.S.), named to the Football First Team. The defensive lineman has a 3.93 cumulative grade point average as an international business and finance major.
Windy Santa Cruz (Fall Creek, Wis./Fall Creek H.S.), named to the Women’s Track and Field First Team. She has a 3.90 cumulative GPA as a chemistry major.
James Shang (Shanghai, China/Concordia International H.S.), named to the Men’s Swimming First Team. Shang carries a 3.54 GPA as a management and psychology double major.
Ashley Varner (South Bend, Ind./Washington H.S.), named to the Women’s Basketball Second Team. The forward has a 3.70 cumulative GPA as a psychology major.