May 24, 2012
FAIRFAX, Va. -
Kathy Shelton, a junior on the Baylor softball team, and Deonka Ceasar, a sophomore on the BU Acrobatics & Tumbling squad, have been scholar winners for the 2012 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award, it was announced by the National Collegiate Athletic Association Thursday.
Shelton is a two-time All-Big 12 and Academic All-Big 12 selection for the Lady Bears. A Speech Pathology major, Shelton is coming off a season that saw her hit .333 while leading the Big 12 in stolen bases (30), and will need just 23 steals in her final season to become the program's all-time leader.
Ceasar, in her second season as a base with the Bears, was a member of the national semifinalist team in its inaugural season in 2011 and is majoring in Speech pathology.
The finalists were chosen from over 600 outstanding minority student-athletes nominated by their respective institutions. The NCAA is a co-sponsor of this annual award, along with Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine.
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 community activism.
To be considered, students must compete in an intercollegiate sport, maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2, and be active on their campuses or in their communities. In 1992, Black Issues In Higher Education magazine, now Diverse, established the Sports Scholar Awards to honor undergraduate students of color who exemplify the standards set by tennis great Arthur Ashe Jr.