45 Illini Recognized as Big Ten Distinguished Scholars
July 9, 2014
ROSEMONT, Ill. - The Big Ten Conference recognized 45 student-athletes from Illinois when it announced its list of recipients for the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award on Wednesday. The list of 684 includes student-athletes from every institution and 37 different sports who have earned a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year.
In February of 2008, Big Ten Faculty Representatives established a conference academic recognition to supplement the Academic All-Big Ten program. Similar to the Academic All-Big Ten honor, Distinguished Scholar Award recipients must be letterwinners in at least their second academic year at their institution. However, the Distinguished Scholar Award encompasses only student-athletes with a minimum GPA of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year, excluding summer school. The Academic All-Big Ten threshold is a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for a student-athlete's academic career.
The 2013-14 class of Distinguished Scholar Award recipients includes 101 student-athletes who maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA during the previous academic term, including seven honorees from Illinois denoted with an asterisk below.
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