University of Virginia defensive lineman Adeeb Atariwa, a graduate student studying systems engineering, has been named a Military Bowl 3M STEM Scholar-Athlete.
Atariwa, who is from Sterling, Virginia, graduated from James Madison University with a degree in economics in 2019. He has a 3.74 grade-point average and was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
Atariwa started six games in 2020 and began this season as a starter before an injury sidelined him for the remainder of the season.
The Military Bowl 3M STEM Scholar-Athlete Program honors one football player at each university that is a member of the ACC and the American Athletic Conference – the two conferences that are represented in the Military Bowl college football game. These players are studying STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) subjects and/or aspire to STEM careers.
“What an incredible collection of student-athletes, who demonstrate their leadership on the field and in the classroom while tackling challenging subjects that prepare them for the future,” Military Bowl President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. “We are thrilled to honor these student-athletes for their dedication and success.”
For the two teams that participate in the 2021 Military Bowl, 3M will make a donation in the name of each school’s Military Bowl 3M STEM Scholar-Athlete Program representative to their school’s general scholarship fund, designated to be used by a STEM major from an under-represented population.
“3M is excited to recognize these outstanding students pursuing degrees in STEM-related fields,” said Skip Driessen, Director of 3M Government Markets. “We know how hard these scholar-athletes have worked on the field and in the classroom and look forward to their continued success.”