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10 Valpo Student-Athletes Receive Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Award
Sammy Olson was one of 10 Crusaders to earn the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award. (Ray Acevedo)
Sammy Olson was one of 10 Crusaders to earn the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award. (Ray Acevedo)
Siddarth Mehta also earned the accolade. (Ray Acevedo)
Siddarth Mehta also earned the accolade. (Ray Acevedo)

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Ten 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:

Amanda Cortese (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates H.S.) and Natalie Cortese (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Hoffman Estates H.S.) earned the honors in bowling.  Amanda is a sports media major while Natalie is a graphic design major.

Kevin DeHerrera (Littleton, Colo./Chatfield H.S.), Jose Gaspar (Sao Paulo, Brazil/CEAD H.S.), and Siddarth Mehta (South Bend, Ind./Clay H.S.) were all represented in men’s tennis.  DeHerrera is a civil engineering major while Gaspar was a master’s student in sports administration.  Mehta is a management major.

Toshko Ganzorigt (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia/Orcholon H.S.) was named to the men’s swimming team.    The senior double majored in accounting and finance.

Jarrett Mickens (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley H.S.) represented Valpo on the men’s track and field team as a biology major while Ashley Varner (South Bend, Ind./Washington H.S.), a psychology major, was named to the women’s basketball team.

Wei Ming Wong (Hong Kong/Hong Kong International H.S.) and Sammy Olson (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) represented men’s and women’s soccer respectively.  Wong is an international business and finance double major while Olson is majoring in nursing and Spanish.