Bradenton, Fla. — Maria Medina, a standout on the tennis team at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), has received the prestigious Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Award. She was the only National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) tennis student-athlete to receive this honor this year.
Medina, who will attend Liberty University next year, was named to the tennis third team and was among 60 college tennis players in the country to receive the award. The publication “Diverse Issues in Higher Education” recognizes these students in honor of Arthur Ashe Jr.’s commitment to education and his love for tennis. The Sports Scholars Award is given to undergraduate students whose accomplishments exemplify academic and athletic achievement. In addition to athletic ability, students must exhibit excellence in the classroom and demonstrate community activism. To qualify, students must be at least a sophomore and have minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2.
Medina won the 2016 Oracle Championship for the junior college division and finished as runner-up in the overall Oracle Championship. She was the NJCAA National Runner Up in No. 1 singles in 2016. She and her partner finished the 2017 campaign as NJCAA Region 8 Champion in the No. 1 doubles draw.