ELLENSBURG, Wash. – Central Washington University has resulted in 105 student-athletes receiving the Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2 ADA) Academic Excellence Award during the 2021-22 season, the association announced today.
The Academic Excellence Award is in its 15th year and recognizes the academic achievements of student-athletes at the Division II level. In total, there were a record 16,639 student-athletes from 169 recognized institutions for the 2021-22 Academic Excellence Awards.
“It’s great to see our student-athletes continue to lead the conference in the number of recipients of the D2 ADA Academic Achievement Award. The D2 Athletic Directors Association does a tremendous job ensuring that academics are a priority in the life of an NCAA Division 2 student-athlete and this annual award helps recognize student-athletes who excel in the classroom,” said Athletic Director Dennis Francois. “For us at Central, it is another testament to the dedication and focus our student-athletes place in their academics, as well as the emphasis our coaches, staff and faculty place on the importance of academic excellence.”
The 105 recipients from the Washington Center are the most among Great Northwest Athletic Conference institutions for a third straight year. It’s also the third straight year the Wildcats have eclipsed 100 recipients.
In order to qualify for the Academic Excellence Award, a student-athlete must:
– have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0
– have completed at least two years (four semesters) of college studies
– have been an active member of an intercollegiate team in their last academic year (Given the continued challenges faced by institutions this year with participation, all athletes who meet points 1 and 2 are still eligible as long as they were still an active roster member during that academic year)
To see the full list of D2ADA Academic Achievement Award winners by conference, click HERE.