Two Honors Student-Athletes Named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars
The Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Awards were established to honor undergraduate students of color who have outstanding achievements in academic and athletic performance, as well as community activism. To be included, students must compete in an intercollegiate sport, maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.2, and be active on their campuses or in their communities. The awards were inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe Jr. and his commitment to education and love for the game of tennis. The Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Awards have been presented since 1995.
A senior from Bellevue, Wash., Jill Collymore holds a 3.78 grade point average and is majoring in psychology and digital arts and experimental media. She finished her career as one of the most impressive all-around athletes to emerge from the UW women’s volleyball program. In her final season, Collymore was named the Pac-10 Scholar Athlete of the Year and was tabbed to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America second-team, the Academic All-District VIII team and the Pac-10 All-Academic first-team. Her 54 aces tied for third-most in a single season in school history and she wrapped her career with the fifth-most aces in school history, totaling 129.
Faustine Dufka is a sophomore from San Francisco, Calif., and has a 3.68 grade point average in anthropology. She is a two-year member of the women’s soccer team, helping the Huskies as far as the second round of the NCAA Championship this past fall. As a freshman, Dufka appeared in 12 games, including eight of the last nine, and was one of seven freshmen to see playing time. She is fluent in French and in high school won the Lucille Meyer Award for a strong bilingual academic record in French and American studies.