Felician Claims 11 Arthur Ashe Sports Scholars; Couzo a National Finalist

Felician College’s women’s soccer student-athlete Allie Couzo was selected by the periodical Diverse Issues in Higher education as a national finalist for the 2013 Arthur Ashe Jr. Top Female Sports Scholar of the Year. Couzo is among 10 national finalists chosen from all sports and from all three NCAA divisions.

Couzo highlights a group of 11 Felician student-athletes honored by the publication as 2013 sports scholars. The award winners come from the sports of men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and women’s basketball, and were announced in the April 11 issue of the magazine.

Diverse Issues established the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Program, named for the late tennis star, in 1992 to honor outstanding undergraduate students of diverse and foreign backgrounds. Each winner must be a non-freshman who competes in an intercollegiate sport, maintains a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.20, and is active on his/her campus or in the community.

Couzo, a senior goalkeeper, owns a 3.87 GPA as a biology major, and was an all-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference selection in 2011. She is a student in Felician’s honors college, an off-campus peer supporter, and a member of the school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

The following students were selected:

Daniel Camargo, (Sr.) men’s soccer, Marketing/Management
Allie Couzo (Sr.) women’s soccer, Pre-Physical Therapy
Danny Hoyos (So.) men’s soccer, Business Administration
Jen Jimenez (Sr.) women’s soccer, Accounting
Azedine Maazouzi (Jr.) men’s soccer, Sociology
Ashley Morris (So.) women’s basketball, Graphic Design
Juliet Numfor (Jr.) women’s soccer, Psychology
Keleena Onyeaka (So.) men’s soccer, Accounting
Taylor Parker (So.) softball, Business Administration
Ann Scherer (Jr.) women’s volleyball, Business Administration
Zharde Sellona (So.) softball, Communications

The on-campus coordinator is Dr. Alfredo Castro, associate professor of chemistry and faculty athletics representative to the NCAA. This marks Felician’s 11th year of participation in the program.