TOLEDO, OH - The University of Toledo announced today that 175 student-athletes have been named Scholar-Ballers. To be recognized as a Scholar-Baller a student-athlete must maintain a cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 or higher.
An embroidered Scholar-Baller patch or a Scholar-Baller helmet sticker is presented to each Scholar-Baller. There will be 48 football players wearing the sticker on their helmets for tomorrow night's nationally televised game vs. No. 4 Boise State at the Glass Bowl.
"We are proud of the academic accomplishments of our student-athletes who have been named Scholar-Ballers," said UT athletic director Mike O'Brien. "To have 175 student-athletes achieve this recognition is something this university can be proud of."
Sue Irmen, UT's NCAA Student-Athlete Affairs Administrator/Academic Coordinator, said that there has been a steady increase in student-athletes meeting the 3.0 GPA criterion since the Scholar-Baller program began at UT in 2007.
"In 2007 we had 110 student-athletes qualify as Scholar-Ballers," said Irmen. "In 2008 the number was 125, then 158 in 2009, 160 last year, and now we have 175 as we enter the 2011-2012 academic year. It's very gratifying to see the efforts of our student-athletes in the classroom pay off in such a significant way."
In 2007, UT's Student-Athlete Affairs program formed a partnership with Scholar-Baller, a national organization which honors student-athletes for their accomplishments on and off the field. The partnership falls under the UT NCAA Student-Athlete Affairs Commitment to Academics.
2011-12 Toledo Scholar-Ballers
Men's Cross Country
Women's Cross Country
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