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Two Kentucky student-athletes among national finalists for national scholar award

Two University of Kentucky student-athletes are among the finalists for the 2014 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award given by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. The finalists were chosen from more than 600 outstanding minority student-athletes nominated by their respective institutions.


UK baseball team member Dorian Hairston is among 16 male finalists nationwide, and women’s basketball team member Kastine Evans is among 16 female finalists.


Hairston, a sophomore English major and outfielder who graduated from Tates Creek High School in Lexington, has a 3.82 GPA. Evans, a senior starting guard from Salem, Conn., has a 3.77 GPA. She is majoring in business management with a minor in African-American studies and plans to graduate in May.


In 1992, Black Issues In Higher Education magazine, now Diverse, established the Sports Scholars Awards to honor undergraduate students of color who exemplify the standards set by tennis great Arthur Ashe Jr.


A scholar and athlete, Ashe sought to expand opportunities for young people. Each year Diverse: Issues In Higher Education invites every postsecondary institution in the country to participate in this awards program by nominating their outstanding sports scholars. In addition to their athletic ability, students named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars must exhibit academic excellence as well as community activism.


To be included, students have to compete in an intercollegiate sport; maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2; and are active on their campuses or in their communities. This year the NCAA Office of Inclusion has partnered with Diverse to present this standout class of scholar athletes. Approximately 600 male and female students from across the country were nominated.


From UKNow Public Relations.

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