CLEVELAND, Ohio (August 21, 2013) – A total of 58 Tars were honored with the Division 2 Athletic Director’s Association Academic Achievement Award, it was announced Wednesday.
The Academic Achievement Awards is a program that recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the Division 2 level.
A record number of institutions (169) and student-athletes (6,801) are being recognized for the 2012-13 Academic Achievement Awards. The Pennsylvania State Athletic Association had 759 student-athletes honored, a record-high for the program, followed by the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) with 653 student-athletes being recognized and the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) with 635 student-athletes being acknowledged with this award.
All nine Sunshine State Conference schools placed student-athletes on the list. Florida Southern led the way with 65 awards, Tampa earned 60 while both Nova Southeastern and Rollins earned 58.
“The D2ADA would like to thank and congratulate the institutions that took part in honoring the record-number of 6,854 student-athletes with 2012-13 Academic Achievement Awards,” stated D2ADA President Anita Barker, director of athletics at Chico State University. “We continuously strive to recognize and honor deserving Division 2 student-athletes. This award gives us the platform to showcase these individuals and their efforts in the classroom, as well as on the playing field.”
In order for a student-athlete to receive an Academic Achievement Award, the athletics director of the Division 2 institution MUST BE a CURRENT dues paying member of the D2ADA.
Also, the student-athlete must:
- have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
- have attended a minimum of two years (four semesters) of college level work
- have been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his/her last academic year