CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Seniors Justin Bullock (Detroit, Mich.) and Louise van den Heuvel (Nashua, N.H.) were named as finalists for the 2014 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award, as announced on Thursday by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. Bullock and van den Heuvel, who are both part of MIT's cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field programs, were chosen from a field of 600 outstanding minority student-athletes nominated by their respective institutions.
The Sports Scholars Awards were established in 1992 to honor undergraduate students of color who exemplify the standards set by tennis great Arthur Ashe Jr. To be included, students have to compete in an intercollegiate sport, maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 (4.0 scale) and be active on campus and in the communities.
Bullock, a chemical engineering major, maintains a grade point average of 4.2 (5.0 scale) while training all year long. Just one of two track and field and cross country male student-athletes that were finalists for the award, Bullock is wrapping up a strong four-year career as an Engineer. During cross country season, he was 31st at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships and went on to race at the NCAA Division III Championships.
A mechanical engineering major with a cumulative GPA of 4.9, van den Heuvel has had a strong senior year so far. She ended her cross country season by finishing 10th at the NEWMAC Championships to earn All-Conference accolades, qualifying for NCAAs, where she took 87th. At the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships last month, she was a double All-American, coming in seventh in the mile (4:57.82) and leading off the distance medley relay that was national runner-up (11:42.28).