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Grooms Named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar

May 9, 2006

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Jevay Grooms has been named a 2006 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar in a recent edition of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education Magazine. The Sports Scholars Awards, established in 1992, honor undergraduate students of color who exemplify the standards set by tennis great Arthur Ashe Jr. To be included on the Sports Scholar Team, 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.

Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars are exceptional student athletes who have excelled in both sports and their academic careers. Arthur Ashe Jr. honorees are all students of color, with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 grading scale through the fall '05 term. They must have also completed one full academic year and be enrolled for the fall term of the academic year for which they are nominated. Furthermore, the scholar athletes must have been active members of an intercollegiate athletics team during the 2005-06 year and have demonstrated a record of service to the campus or community. Grooms was a fourth team selection for women's basketball.

Grooms graduated from LMU last Saturday with a 3.36 GPA and a double major in Political Science and Economics.

April was a busy month for Grooms, who picked up several awards in the final weeks of the school year. She earned the Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Economics Award, as well as the Lisa Leslie Award given to the African American female graduating student-athlete with the highest GPA.

She received a Presidential Citation, awarded by the President to the graduating seniors nominated by the academic community and selected by a committee of faculty and administration for outstanding academic record, leadership and service. The 26 awardees earned the distinction by demonstrating their commitment to the University mission in their own unique ways, and they were commended for embodying the University's goal to create "men and women for others."

In addition, Grooms was given the Sr. Raymunde McKay, RSHM, Award for her outstanding service and leadership to the LMU community.

Finally, Grooms was the recipient of the LMU Athletic Department Pride Award at the annual end of the year banquet.

In addition to her outstanding academic and leadership credentials, Grooms had a standout career. She leaves LMU with the highest career field goal percentage in school history, making 52.2% of her shots. Over the last two seasons, she shot 53.9% from the field. She was a 2005 WCC All-Academic selection, and was named to the Nugget Classic All-Tournament team in 2004.