April 15, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - University of New Mexico Women's Basketball student-athletes Jayme Jackson, Whitney Johnson and Chinyere Nnaji have been named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars by Diverse Magazine. The award is given to minority student-athletes with grade point averages of 3.20 or higher and who excel athletically and in the community.
The award is only given to 27 NCAA Division I women's basketball student-athletes in the country. New Mexico was one of only four programs to have multiple award winners and the only program in nation to have three Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars.
Seniors Chinyere Nnaji and Jayme Jackson are repeat winners of numerous other academic awards, including Academic All-Mountain West Teams and Mountain West Scholar Athlete awards. Nnaji, a biology major, intends to pursue a career in medicine after graduation. Jackson will look for a career in the technology field after earning her degree in Computer Engineering.
Whitney Johnson earned this award as a redshirt freshman. Johnson was a fixture in the Lobos' starting lineup this season in the post and finished in the top 20 in program history for freshman scoring. The Utah native recently received the Community Lobo award at the team's banquet for being leading the team in community service work.
Diverse is a national, scholarly magazine that looks examines issues in higher education. It is published and distributed nationally to colleges and universities.