Jonathan Coleman, a two-year letterwinner for the K-State football team, was named one of 16 male finalists for the 2014 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award on Thursday in a joint announcement by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education and the NCAA.
Coleman was selected as a finalist from more than 600 male and female minority student-athletes nominated by their respective institutions. He was one of three Big 12 student-athletes to be named a finalist, joining Oklahoma State track student-athlete Lance Gray and Texas women’s crew student-athlete Jessica Glennie.
An active member in the community, Coleman is the President of the Delta Delta chapter of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity and has volunteered for various activities through his fraternity, including: Adopt-a-Highway, blood drive, canned food drive for Thanksgiving, deliveries of breadbaskets to families in need and a holiday drive that raised funds and food for families in need on Fort Riley. As a member of the K-State football team, Coleman has also visited a local elementary school and retirement home.
The sociology major has also been successful in the classroom as he has carried a cumulative 3.35 GPA, including a perfect 4.0 mark during the fall semester. On the field, the Mesquite, Texas, product played in eight career games, including five contests during the Wildcats’ Big 12 Championship season of 2012 when he recorded three tackles.
Past winners of the Sports Scholar Award include Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, former Tennessee women’s basketball standout Kara Lawson and NFL Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk.