For 10th Consecutive Year, More Than Half of All UMaine Student-Athletes Recognized for Academic Achievement

More than half of the University of Maine’s student-athletes — 250 in all — will be honored and recognized for their success in the classroom at the 24th annual Scholar-Athlete Recognition Ceremony March 25.

This is the 10th consecutive year that more than half of UMaine student-athletes have been so honored for their academic achievement.

At the 6:30 p.m. ceremony in Wells Conference Center, 165 student-athletes will be recognized as Scholar-Athletes for achieving a 3.0 or better grade-point average in 2012 year and/or having a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. In addition, 85 first-year student-athletes will be honored as Rising Stars for earning a 3.0 or better.

The event also will include two announcements: the recipients of the “M” Club Dean Smith Award, presented annually to the top male and female scholar-athlete; and members of Team Maine, honoring the sophomore, junior or senior from each team who achieved the highest GPA last year.

All scholar-athletes will receive medallions representing the number of years they earned the award. This year, 81 student-athletes will receive bronze medals signifying their first award, 49 will receive silver medals as second-time award winners, and 31 student-athletes will receive gold medals as three-time recipients. Four student-athletes will receive double gold medals for their fourth-time award.

Since the start of the annual awards in 1989, 2,994 medallions have been awarded. The event is sponsored by the University of Maine Foundation, University Credit Union, the M Club and the University of Maine Alumni Association.

A list of the names of the student-athletes is online.