George Mason volleyball student-athlete Morghan Martin and track and field student-athlete Adrian Vaughn earned the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar award. Diverse: Issues in Education established the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Awards to honor undergraduate students of color who best exemplify academic and athletic achievement.
The student-athletes accepted their awards at The Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Symposium and Awards Luncheon hosted at the Mason Inn yesterday. Vaughn was selected as a first team member and Martin earned second team honors.
To be included, students have to compete in an intercollegiate sport, maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 and be active on their campus or in the community.
Vaughn, a senior from nearby Reston, has been very active in the community. He spent time with the Special Forces Track program, ages 6-18, speaking to youth about time management and mentoring some of the athletes. He continued his work with the annual shoe donations to the South Lakes Track Program and the Special Forces program during the summer. As a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity teamed up with the Upward Bound program that works with academically gifted minority youth and held open discussions and answered questions about the rigors of college and how to be better prepared as well as helping them with applications to colleges.
Sophomore Morghan Martin has given her time to several community efforts on campus, including the annual blood drive, canned food drive and the Key Center 5K. The Rockledge, Fla. native, is a member of the APPLE Team made up of staff and student-athletes who are committed to promoting the social and personal development of student-athletes.
Since 1996, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education has awarded to one male and one female student-athlete each year a Sports Scholar of the Year and past winners include Russell Wilson, Kara Lawson and Jacque Vaughn. This year's winners were Michelle Ikoma, a gymnast at the University of North Carolina and Ishaq Pitt, a basketball player for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.