April 26, 2012

Carroll named one of 10 finalists for Arthur Ashe Jr. Award

WASHINGTON – Senior Darrell Carroll has been named as one of 10 finalists for the 2012 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award.  The finalists were chosen from over 600 outstanding minority student-athletes nominated by their respective institutions.  Carroll is the lone Division III student-athlete among the 10 male finalists.

As the lone Division III finalist, Carroll is joined by student-athletes from Division I institutions North Carolina State, Penn State, Winthrop, Kansas State, Cal-Davis, Tennessee State, Valparaiso, University of Memphis and University of Texas.

Carroll will graduate from CUA next month after earning a 3.9 grade point average as a double major in international economics and finance.  He is also minoring in Spanish and philosophy.

On the basketball court, Carroll appeared in 87 career games with 15 starts.  After battling injuries his first three seasons, he enjoyed a career year as a senior, averaging 26.3 minutes, 8.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, while shooting 51.9% from the floor and 71.3% at the free throw line.

Off the court, Carroll earned Dean's List with Distinction honors in each of his four years at CUA.  He is a member of Sigma Delta Pi, Pi Gamma Mu, Phi Sigma Tau and Phi Betta Kappa and appeared on the Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll multiple times.

Carroll is also active in community service, taking part in the Wreaths Across America program, in addition to the JPMorgan Outreach to inner city youth.  He is also active with kiva.org, which is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.

Following graduation, Carroll will go to work for JPMorgan Chase & Co. beginning in June.  He served an internship with the company during the summer of 2011 and had a previous internship with Meridian Equity Partners.  His relationship with Meridian began while Carroll was on a trip to New York City with the alumni-networking group CUA on Wall Street during his sophomore year.

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. Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine and the NCAA co-sponsor the annual award.

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. This year the NCAA partnered with Diverse to present this standout class of scholar athletes and approximately 600 male and female students from across the country were nominated.

Past recipients of the award include: Baylor University's (2011) Robert Griffin III, Heisman Trophy winner; the University of Tennessee's (2003) Kara Lawson, ESPN analyst who played for the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs; San Diego State University's (1993) Marshall Faulk, NFL Hall of Famer; and the University of Kansas' (1996) Jacque Vaughn, assistant coach for the NBA's San Antonio Spurs.

The 2012 male and female winners will be profiled in the May 24, 2012 edition of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine.

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