CLEVELAND, Ohio (August 30, 2016) – Rollins College topped the Sunshine State Conference with 101 student-athletes receiving the Division II Athletic Directors Association Academic Achievement Award, it was recently announced.

The Academic Achievement Award is a program that recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the Division II level.

A total of 156 institutions and a record number of student-athletes (8,072) are being recognized for the 2015-16 Academic Achievement Awards. For the fourth-straight year, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) had the most student-athletes honored with 846, followed by the Northeast-10 Conference with 842 student-athletes being provided with this award.

"The number of student-athletes that are recognized for their academic achievements continues to grow each year. I am so pleased the D2 ADA membership participates annually in this important initiative that showcases the academic efforts of our extremely talented student-athletes," stated D2 ADA President Pennie Parker, director of athletics at Rollins College.

In order for a student-athlete to receive an Academic Achievement Award, the athletics director of the Division II institution MUST BE a CURRENT dues paying member of the D2 ADA.

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

Sunshine State Conference Student-Athletes on D2ADA Academic Achievement List:

Barry University-58

Eckerd College-26

Florida Southern College-88

Nova Southeastern University-42

Palm Beach Atlantic University-37

Rollins College-101

Saint Leo University-70

University of Tampa-66