Makowski Named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar

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COLLEGE STATION -- Texas A&M’s Jerry Makowski (Bradenton, Fla.) was recently named a second-team Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar as selected by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education Magazine.

Makowski, a junior on the nationally-ranked men’s tennis team, holds an impressive 3.481 cumulative grade-point average as an accounting major in the Mays Business School. A two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection and Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll student, he recently accepted a competitive summer internship with the accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche. This marks the second consecutive year in which he has received the Sports Scholar Award.

On the court, he is a two-time NCAA All-American and two-time All-Big 12 honoree playing at the No. 1 singles line for the Aggies. Makowski is currently ranked No. 68 nationally in the latest ITA/FILA Collegiate Tennis Rankings and has defeated six ranked opponents this season. He was ranked as high as No. 9 in the nation in the preseason rankings released in the fall.

A child prodigy, Makowski graduated from high school at the age of 13 and trained at the prestigious Bollettieri Tennis Academy. He is an active member of Aggie Athletes Involved, a student-athlete community service organization which collected coats for local homeless shelters, collected over 1,700 toys for Toys 4 Tots, collected 150,000 cans of food and collected $3,000 for local disaster relief charities during the 2006-07 school year. In his spare time, he volunteers at a local elder care facility back home in Florida engaging in conversation with residents daily.

Black Issues In Higher Education established the Sports Scholars Award in 1992 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 Black Issues In Higher Education invites every postsecondary institution in the country to participate in the awards program by nominating their outstanding sports scholars. In addition to their athletic ability, student-athletes named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars must exhibit academic excellence as well as community activism.

To be included, student-athletes have to compete in an intercollegiate sport, maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least a 3.2, and be active on their campuses or in their communities.