Ferguson Named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Eight University of Kentucky student athletes representing seven sports were named 2008 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars by Diverse magazine. Hillary Ferguson (Richmond, Ky.), a rising junior on the Wildcat gymnastics team was among the awarded scholars.
The Sports Scholars Awards honor undergraduate students of color who best exemplify the highest standards of scholarship, athleticism and humanitarianism. Inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe Jr.’s commitment to education and sport, the magazine invites every college and university in the country to nominate outstanding sports scholars. Student athletes must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.2 and be active in their campus communities.
Ferguson ended her sophomore season ranked 19th nationally on the floor exercise, leading the Wildcats with a career-best score of 9.925 on two occasions. The Kentucky native was second on the team with twelve career titles and led the Cats with 10 titles during the 2008 campaign. Ferguson also led UK in floor exercise titles and was second on the vault while competing in all 15 meets in the all-around. She was also rewarded by the Southeastern Conference by being named SEC Gymnast of the Week for her performance in a Friday home tri-meet against Arizona and Western Michigan and the following Sunday’s meet in Columbus, Ohio against Ohio State. That weekend Ferguson brought home a total of three titles and a new career high all-around score of 39.325. The Wildcat wins earned two key upsets against then-No. 15 Arizona and then-No. 26 Buckeyes which helped spark a university record-breaking eight-meet win streak.
Ferguson and her teammates also regularly participate in community service projects including the Special Olympics and events at the UK Children’s Hospital. The Wildcat was named to the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll and the Dean’s List in 2007. Ferguson is a kinesiology major and carries a 3.57 GPA.
Fellow Kentucky student-athletes receiving the honor were:
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