ATLANTA—Georgia State tennis standout Victor Valente has been awarded a $7,500 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in recognition of his outstanding athletic and academic accomplishments.
The senior from Sao Paulo, Brazil is Georgia State’s second NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient but first since basketball player Traci Cheek in 1988.
A first-team Capital One Academic All-American, Valente maintains a 4.16 grade point average in his major of computer information systems. He was honored with the NCAA Elite 89 Award, signifying the men’s tennis student-athlete participating in the NCAA Championships with the highest grade point average.
In addition to his academic accomplishments, Valente ranks as the most decorated men’s tennis player in Georgia State annals as a six-time all-conference selection in singles and doubles. He was selected as the Southeast Region Senior of the Year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), which also awarded him the Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship and Leadership Award for the Southeast Region.
In 2013, Valente led the Panthers to the Sun Belt Conference title and a berth in the NCAA Championships. He also earned selection as an individual to the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships. In doubles, he and partner Lucas Santa Ana earned Georgia State’s first ever victory in NCAA play with a first-round upset over the No. 9-ranked team of Tom Jomby and Kevin Lai from Kentucky.
Valente finished the season ranked No. 66 in the ITA singles rankings with a record of 28-9 while compiling a 20-5 mark in doubles for a final ranking of No. 41. He is the Panthers’ career leader in singles wins with 79.
Created in 1964, NCAA postgraduate scholarships promote and encourage education by rewarding the Association’s most accomplished student-athletes.
To qualify, student-athletes must excel academically and athletically, be in their final year of eligibility and plan to pursue graduate study. Student-athletes must also maintain at least a 3.2 grade-point average and be nominated by their institution’s faculty athletics representative.