FLUSHING, N.Y. (Mar. 9, 2023) – The City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) and Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) have selected Baruch College student-athlete Jehmehl Fair as CUNYAC/HSS Scholar-Athlete of the Month for February 2023.
Fair is a member of the Macaulay Honors College, a highly selective program where New York’s most promising students receive the financial and academic support to promote their leadership potential and graduate debt-free. He owns a 3.836 GPA majoring in Accounting with an Interdisciplinary Minor with Honors in New York City Studies and Advanced Business Analysis.
“It means everything to me to be named the Scholar-Athlete of the Month,” said Fair. “The recognition represents the hard work that I’ve put in and the success that I’ve been able to achieve both on and off the court. Being a student-athlete is very challenging at times, so to be awarded and acknowledged for my efforts is always a blessing.”
A team captain, Fair led Baruch to an unbeaten February, as the Bearcats went a perfect 6-0 in the month that concluded with winning a second straight CUNYAC title and a third in the last four seasons. Along the way, he earned CUNYAC Second Team All-Star recognition, while his game-high 20 points in the championship game landed him a spot on the All-Tournament Team.
Off the court, he is a CUNYAC Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll member, a Baruch Athletic Director’s Academic Honor Roll honoree, and a 2022 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Academic Honors Court recipient. In addition, Jehmehl is a member of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship, an intensive leadership development program for talented African American men.
When asked how he balances academics and athletics, he replied: “I’ve had success balancing athletics and academics by realizing that one is not more important than the other. They are both equally significant and by respecting the relationship between the two; I’ve been able to effectively manage the stresses of both and see immense results.”
Fair’s blend of excellence on and off the court embodies the meaning of a NCAA Division III student-athlete. When asked for his advice for those trying to balance the two, Fair commented: “Manage your time effectively. As much as you practice your sport, the same time should be dedicated to studying as well. In addition, balancing the two also includes seeing the value that both can provide to you. Academics and athletics present their own unique challenges that, if you are able to overcome, can give you invaluable insight to who you want to be and how you want to live your life.”
Upon graduating from Baruch, Fair plans to pursue his goal of becoming a public accountant but hopes to have a basketball career following his time in a Bearcat uniform.
“My long-term goals after completing my degree at Baruch have two sides,” said Fair. “I’ll always love the game of basketball, so I do want to pursue a professional career overseas and travel the world for a few years. Whether I am able to pursue this goal of mine or not, I will still have acquired my CPA and will work as a public accountant either immediately after graduation or a few years later down the line.”