ELMHURST, Ill. − With the first semester of the 2015-16 academic year complete, The Summit League announced its Academic Distinguished Scholars for the fall season. A total of 281 Summit League student-athletes from five sports (men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball) were recognized as Distinguished Scholars.
In order to be named a Distinguished Scholar, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.60 grade-point average in the semester in which they compete and must use a year of eligibility.
IUPUI led the way with a total of 41 student-athletes named Distinguished Scholars. Closely following the Jaguars were Omaha (39 honorees), South Dakota (36 honorees), South Dakota State (35 honorees) and North Dakota State (34 honorees) in second through fifth place. Fort Wayne came in sixth with 32 student-athletes named to the list, while Western Illinois (24 recipients), Oral Roberts (18 recipients) and Denver (13 recipients) rounded out the institutions. Associate men’s soccer member Eastern Illinois had nine student-athletes named to the list.
The complete list of the 2015 Summit League Fall Academic Distinguished Scholars appears on the attached PDF. The full Summit League Academic Honor Roll will be released Friday.
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 120,000 at nine institutions, including four located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced eight NCAA Champions along with over 75 Academic All-Americans, 65 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. In 2014-15, The Summit League ranked first for NCAA Graduation Success Rate in women’s basketball and second in baseball. For more information about the league and to "See The Summit", visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague and watch the weekly “Inside The Summit League” show at www.thesummitleague.org/itsl.