June 24, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
On Wednesday, the Mountain West Conference released its most prestigious academic honor, the league's Scholar Athlete Award, and 52 student-athletes from the University of Wyoming were honored.
Of those 52 awards, five were for a perfect 4.0 grade point average and 15 were for a 3.90 or above. The median grade point average for the 51 student-athletes was a 3.75.
With eight awards a piece, the Cowgirl swimming and diving team as well as the Cowgirl track and field team had the most team members honored. The women's cross country team had seven honorees and were followed by men's track and field (4), soccer (4), women's basketball (3), men's swimming and diving (3), tennis (3), volleyball (3), men's cross country (2), football (2), men's golf (2), wrestling (2) and women's golf (1).
To be eligible for the Scholar Athlete Award, a student-athlete must achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5, must have competed at the varsity level for their team and must have completed at least two academic terms at their school.
With the MWC's announcement of its Scholar Athlete Awards, this concludes the 2008-09 academic awards schedule for the conference. In the fall, 38 student-athletes from Wyoming were named Academic All-MWC and on Monday 78 student-athletes received the same award for the winter and spring sports.
The Academic All-MWC honor differs from the Scholar Athlete Award in that earning academic all-conference requires a student-athlete to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and be a starter or significant contributor on their athletic team.