UMBC seniors Alice Chen (North Potomac, Md./Quince Orchard) and Britney Foreman (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) and sophomore Joe Adewumi (Phoenix, Ariz./North Canyon) were named 2010 Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholars by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education.
Chen was cited as a first team member and the women’s tennis winner of the eleven recipients in that sport.
A repeat selection by the magazine, UMBC’s female recipient of the Matt Skalsky Scholar-Athlete award capped the spring by earning a place on the 2009-10 CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America University Division Women’s At-Large Second Team.
Playing at the No. 1 singles slot, Chen posted a brilliant record of 16-6 in her senior campaign. A repeat winner from the spring of 2009, she was a second-team all-conference selection in doubles competition and earned her degree with a 4.00 grade-point average in biochemistry and molecular biology. She will be attending the University of Maryland's School of Medicine this fall.
Adewumi also earned first team honors in the sport of men’s tennis and was one of 12 national honorees. The sophomore earned a place on the America East Conference’s All-Academic team in the sport of men’s tennis. Voted as the team’s most improved player this season, Adewumi is maintaining a grade-point average of 3.72 in the majors of biochemistry and molecular biology. He earned First-Team All-Conference honors in at No. 3 doubles this season and teamed with Mwali Phiri to win at the slot in the conference title match vs. Binghamton.
Adewumi also posted a singles record of 18-7, primarily at No. 5 slot this season.
Foreman earned honorable mention honors in the sport of women’s track and field. The economics major is UMBC’s current record holder in the 60 meters indoors and 200 meters outdoors, a mark of 24.41, which she posted at this May’s America East Championships. Foreman, who has one season of outdoor track eligibility remaining, holds a share of the 4 x 200 indoor school record and 4 x 100 outdoor school mark.
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education established the Sports Scholar Awards to honor undergraduate students of color who have made achieving both academically and athletically a winning combination. The publication first published its “Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars” edition in 1995. It has remained one of the magazine’s most popular editions since its inception.
Inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe Jr.’s commitment to education as well as his love for the game of tennis, the program honors outstanding sports scholars not only for their athletic ability, but also for their academic excellence and 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 be active on their campuses or in their communities.
Dozens of Retriever student-athletes have graced the pages of Diverse as sports scholar winners, including in 2007, when track and field’s Isaac Matthews was the Sports Scholar of the Year.