INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA member schools have nominated a record of 605 female college athletes for the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year Award and Shaw University's Aisja Jones of the women's volleyball program was nominated announced by the national office Tuesday afternoon.
Jones, a Red Oak, TX native, was Sociology major at Shaw University and graduating Cum Laude with a 2.82 grade point average. She is an active member in her community, spending time as a volunteer for several organizations – including participating in the Dr. Seuss Read Across America day every year, reading to kindergarten through fifth grade students, teaching at the YMCA about staying in school and teaching the youth volleyball lessons. Jones is a two-time CIAA champion, Southern Division champion, CIAA All-Preseason selection and has competed in the CIAA championship title match all four seasons of her career finishing with 440 digs, 308 total kills and 65 service aces. Additionally, she was selected to the CIAA All-Rookie Team in 2016.
Rooted in Title IX, the NCAA Woman of the Year Award was established in 1991 to recognize graduating female student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
The nominees represent all three NCAA divisions, including 259 nominees from Division I, 126 from Division II and 220 from Division III. Nominees competed in 24 sports, with multisport student-athletes accounting for 128 of the nominees.
Member schools are encouraged to honor their top graduating female college athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year Award. Schools can recognize two nominees if at least one is a woman of color or international student-athlete.
Conference offices will select up to two nominees each from their pool of member school nominees. All nominees who compete in a sport not sponsored by their school's primary conference, as well as associate conference nominees and independent nominees, will be considered by a selection committee. Then, the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the Top 30 honorees — 10 from each division.
From the Top 30, the Woman of the Year selection committee will determine the top three honorees in each division and announce nine finalists. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then will choose the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year, who will be named this fall.
Jones joins eight other female student-athletes across the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Conference that were put forward for consideration of this prestigious honor. In 2019, Shaw's Christine Ngeve, a former women's volleyball, women's outdoor track and field and softball student-athlete advanced amongst the top 30.
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