68 Huskers earn Big Ten academic honor

Sixty-eight UNL student-athletes across all Huskers sports have been named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars. The annual high honor roll was announced July 10.

UNL's 68 student-athletes were among 637 student-athletes across 38 sports from all 12 Big Ten institutions to earn 3.7 or higher grade-point averages during the 2012-13 academic year. Among the distinguished scholars, 101 Big Ten student-athletes completed the year with perfect 4.0 GPAs, including 11 Huskers.

In February 2008, Big Ten Faculty Representatives established a conference academic recognition to supplement the Academic All-Big Ten program. Similar to the Academic All-Big Ten honor, Distinguished Scholar Award recipients must be letterwinners in at least their second academic year at their institution. However, the Distinguished Scholar Award encompasses only student-athletes with a minimum GPA of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year, excluding summer school. The Academic All-Big Ten threshold is a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for a student-athlete’s academic career.

For more information, including a complete list of UNL's Big Ten Distinguished Scholar award winners, go to http://go.unl.edu/cks.