May 19, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Junior outside hitter Valerie Mora (San Antonio, Texas), a member of the volleyball team at the College of the Holy Cross, has been named a 2005-2006 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar, as chosen by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine. A selection to the women's volleyball third team, Mora was one of 36 collegiate volleyball players from across the nation to be honored. This is the second time she has been named an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar, after being selected to the second team in 2004-2005.
Mora started all 26 matches for the Crusaders in 2005, totaling 138 kills, 243 digs, 45 assists, 17 service aces and 22 total blocks. Over the course of her first three seasons at Holy Cross, she has recorded 450 kills, 858 digs, 81 assists, 61 service aces and 48 total blocks.
Off the court, Mora holds a 3.3 grade-point average while majoring in economics and accounting, and is a two-time selection to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. She has also had a great deal of involvement in campus and community service, serving an instructor at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Sunday School, tutoring at the Heard Street Academy, and tutoring and mentoring at the Nativity School. Last summer, Mora also participated in Georgetown University's Gateway to Business Program.
The Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award was established to honor undergraduate students of color who have excelled in the classroom and on the playing field. Inspired by the tennis legend, students included on the list must have competed in an intercollegiate sport, maintained a grade-point average of at least 3.2 and have been active on campus or in their community.