July 16, 2009
IOWA CITY, IA – – The Big Ten Conference has announced its inaugural Distinguished Scholar Award and the University of Iowa has 37 student-athletes on the list. The list features student-athletes 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 new 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 new 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 of higher for their academic career.
The 2008-09 Hawkeye class of Distinguished Scholar Award recipients includes 12 student-athletes who maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA during the previous academic term.
To view the entire list of Hawkeye recipients click the link below.