Duvvuri '14 named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar

LEWISTON, Maine -- Recent Bates College graduate Venkatesh Duvvuri was honored this summer as an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar, one of only five NCAA swimmers and the only Division III student-athlete on the entire 2014 team.

Duvvuri graduated from Bates in May 2014, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. He finished his four years with a cumulative grade point average of 3.35. In the pool, the South Orange, N.J., native was a valuable contributor to the Bates men's swimming and diving team. He is the third-fastest in Bates history in the 200-yard butterfly, with a lifetime best of 1:55.25. He also ranks fourth in program history in the 100 fly (51.11), fifth in the 50 fly (23.14) and eighth in the 50 backstroke (24.78). Duvvuri can also be found atop the team record book as part of the program-record 200 medley relay team.

Diverse Issues in Higher Education established the Sports Scholars Awards to honor undergraduate students of color who have made academic and athletic achievement a winning combination. Inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe Jr.'s commitment to education as well as his love for tennis, Diverse Issues in Higher Education invites every college and university in the country to participate in this annual awards program by nominating their outstanding sports scholars.

In addition to their athletic ability, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars must exhibit 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. 

Venkatesh Duvvuri's Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)