Joplin, Mo. — Fifty-Eight Missouri Southern Student-Athletes have earned academic recognition as the Division II Athletic Director’s Association released its Academic Achievement Awards list.

The Academic Achievement Awards, in its 12th year, is a program that recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the Division II level.

In total, there were 11,660 student-athletes from 185 institutions being recognized for the 2018-19 Academic Achievement Awards. This set the record for the most participation from institutions and the largest number of student-athletes being nominated. This year, the association has the most student-athletes being honored from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), with 975, closely followed by the Northeast-10 Conference (NE10) with 974 and the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) with 791. The MIAA had 700 total recipients.

In order for a student-athlete to receive an Academic Achievement Award, the athletics director of the Division II institution MUST BE a CURRENT dues-paying member of the D2 ADA.

Also, the student-athlete must:
· have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
· have attended a minimum of two years (four semesters) of college level work
· have been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his/her last academic year

Women’s Track and Field led the way with 15 total recipients, while Volleyball had ten. You can see the complete list here (Complete List)