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    Illinois athletes chosen as Big Ten Distinguished Scholars
    Nikki Spillone and 10 of her teammates were named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars

    Nikki Spillone and 10 of her teammates were named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars

    July 16, 2010

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    A total of 32 Illinois student athletes have been named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars. The list features student-athletes from every institution and 32 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.

    Women's swimming and diving led the way for Illinois with 11 honorees.

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