Written by JRFAA President, David Walker
As a child, Andia Winslow dreamt of taking to the skies to continue the legacy established by her late grandfather Colonel Robert V. Winslow, a Tuskegee Airman and proud US Air Force serviceman. Although, as a young adult, she set her sights instead on a career as a professional golfer, she was proud to accept her grandfather's Congressional Gold Medal of Honor on behalf of her family. This commitment to service and leadership has been the undercurrent in all of her ventures since childhood.
A noted junior golf career began at the age of 11 in Seattle, Washington at Jefferson Park Golf Course - known fondly as the "home" of Fred Couples, PGA Tour Professional. Though actively recruited by more than twenty-five colleges and universities as a top 75 world ranked junior golfer, Andia chose to travel across the country to attend Yale University, an institution known famously for its academic rigor.
It was during this time that Andia was also honored to be selected as a Jackie Robinson Scholar. When she learned of the comprehensive nature of the Foundation, she was eager to be involved. As a college freshman, and the first African American woman to compete in the Ivy League, she helped the Bulldogs secure the storied Ivy League Golf Championship Title. Through this accomplishment, Andia could easily recognize the how she too would carry the legacy of Jackie Robinson through her various pursuits. To her, the Foundation's emphasis on the financial, social, professional and emotional welfare of its scholars is beyond comparison to any other non-profit scholarship organization.
While at Yale, her interest in historical and ethnographic research culminated in the receipt of three undergraduate research grants. The first, an international travel fellowship, allowed her study in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to examine the effects of globalization on artistic traditions. The second, a Mellon Undergraduate Research Grant, facilitated the completion of her Sociology Senior Thesis in 2004. An interdisciplinary focus in Film Studies and a Fine Arts grant recognized her efforts as a documentary filmmaker. Her first film was selected for official inclusion in ten international film festivals as well as special presentations at higher education conferences and major research universities.
Although an intellect and an artist, Andia is perhaps best known for her passion and pure athleticism. She hails from a family of athletes that includes current and former NFL players, a professional basketball player and martial artists. She is a formidable on-course competitor -who trained for a time with USA Track & Field- and serves as a professional athletic ambassador for the Women's Sports Foundation and the LPGA/USGA Girls' Golf Program. In April 2006, she became only the fourth African American woman to ever compete in the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour event. An elite Certified Fitness Professional and wellness advocate, Andia believes that "the best experiences are those that are shared." Via her fitness company, ADUB365 FIT, she conducts clinics and speaks around the country promoting healthy lifestyles and physical activity for youth and adults.
Andia is definitely an accomplished scholar and very interested in the success of our scholars and alumni. She had these words of advice to share with us all," Do not try to fight every battle. However, know that life is about living, taking chances, and making impactful decisions that will impact our communities in a meaningful way."