KUTZTOWN | Kutztown University recognized its Scholar-Athletes at its annual Scholar-Athlete Banquet on Thursday, Nov. 2, at the South Dining Hall.
Speakers at the banquet included KU President Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson, Faculty Athletic Representative Dr. Jason Lanter, and Athletic Director Greg Bamberger.
KU continues to maintain its strong presence in the classroom, and was recognized by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) with 161 student-athletes named Scholar-Athletes for the 2016-17 season.
116 of the 161 were female student-athletes for KU, while 45 were male. It is the 11th straight year Kutztown has had 100 or more student-athletes on the PSAC Scholar-Athlete squad.
In order to earn scholar-athlete recognition, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or above.
The PSAC set a new record of scholar-athletes with 2,901 student-athletes. The total marks 41 percent of the student-athlete population. Both of these numbers break the previous record of 2,692 and 40 percent set one year ago. The league has now registered at least a 30 percent rate for nine straight years.
KU notched 80 student-athletes to the Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2ADA) as 2016-17 Academic Achievement Award winners.
A record total of 10,644 student-athletes from 183 institutions are being recognized as 2016-17 Academic Achievement Award winners. For the fifth straight year, the PSAC had the highest number of student-athletes honored with 1,022.
In order for a student-athlete to be eligible to receive an Academic Achievement Award, they 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 and have been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his or her last academic year.