ATLANTA- Junior Jad Elkhalil was named as a Top-20 Male Semifinalist for the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine announced Thursday.
Of the 40 semifinalists, Elkhalil was the only student-athlete to represent Georgia State as well as the Sun Belt. The Beirut, Lebanon native will be featured with the other semifinalists in the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar special report, which will be released today.
The semifinalists were chosen from over 1,300 minority student-athletes nation-wide who were nominated by their post-secondary institution. Applicants must demonstrate outstanding athletic ability, as well as maintain at least a 3.2 cumulative grade-point and be active on their campus or in their community.
Past Ashe scholars include: Robert Griffin III (2011) and Russell Wilson (2010).
Elkhalil has seen action in nearly 40 games for the Panthers, including 13 starts. He has scored six career goals for GSU, including the deciding goal in the 2015 Sun Belt Tournament semifinal game. The forward has posted two game-winning goals in his career at Georgia State.
The winner of the award will be announced at a luncheon on April 11 at the University of Richmond, with Executive Vice President of the NCAA Dr. Bernard Franklin participating in the event.