COLUMBUS, Ohio — Anjali Fernandes, a senior on the Ohio State rowing team, has been named the 2020 recipient of the Leann Grimes-Davidge Award and is a 2020 Varsity O Alumni Society Postgraduate Scholarship Award winner, Ohio State Student Athlete Support Services Office (SASSO) announced this week.
The Leann Grimes-Davidge Award, which is a tribute to Grimes-Davidge’s contributions to athletics at Ohio State, is given annually to a female athlete who reflects Grimes-Davidge’s outstanding qualities of athletic performance, scholarship, character, campus or community involvement and leadership. A member of the Ohio State women’s tennis team, Grimes-Davidge won four state and Big Ten titles. She graduated from Ohio State summa cum laude and received her master’s degree from Miami University where she served as the head women’s tennis coach.
Fernandes also was honored as a Varsity O Scholarship Award winner. The Varsity O award provides each scholar-athlete selected (one male/one female) with a one-time stipend of $4,000 for postgraduate studies at Ohio State. The ideal candidate maintained a 3.0 GPA or higher during undergraduate studies, earned a varsity letter and performed community service.
A Perrysburg, Ohio, native, Fernandes earned her degree in English – literature, with a minor in biology this spring. She is a four-time Ohio State Scholar Athlete, a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. She earned CRCA Pocock Second Team All-America recognition in 2019. As the coxswain for the Buckeyes’ 1V8, she helped the boat to a second-place finish at the 2019 Big Ten Championships and a sixth-place finish at the 2019 NCAA Championships, along with the B1G title in 2018. Fernandes was also part of team Big Ten Championships in 2017 and ‘18. She also was named a Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar Athlete in 2018 and ’19.