Big Ten honors 103 Indiana athletes with Distinguished Scholar Awards

The Big Ten Conference announced the Distinguished Scholar Award winners on Thursday, July 14, including 103 Indiana Scholar Athletes. The award is given to students who are at least a sophomore at their university and have achieved at least a 3.7 GPA in the 2021-2022 school year.

“These students have demonstrated the ability not only to manage the kind of demands on their time that very few other students have, but also to perform at the highest level academically in the process,” said IU athletic director Scott Dolson in a publication. “This is the second year in a row that at least 100 of our students have received this special honor, which makes our department very proud.”

The list of honorees includes athletes from 16 different programs. Women’s athletics led the way with 19 honorees. The men’s track and field, men’s and women’s soccer, rowing, swimming and diving teams each honored eight or more athletes.

Earlier this summer, 145 spring athletes received Academic All-Big Ten honors, increasing Indiana’s annual total of 349 honorees — a school record. The minimum GPA required for all-conference academic honors is 3.0.

Seven Hoosier athletes achieved a flawless 4.0 GPA. These athletes included men’s tennis junior Jagger Saylor, track and field grads Benjamin Veatch, Kelly Mindak and Maddy Pollard, and rowing junior Sofia Sperduto and graduates Jayna Dolfi and Kalynn Scher.

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