Fifty-seven Northwestern student-athletes from 15 different teams received Big Ten Distinguished Scholar awards in July, marking yet another achievement during a record-setting academic year for the Wildcats.


The award-winning student-athletes have majors ranging from engineering to economics. Four of the award-winners are pursuing graduate degrees.


The Big Ten Distinguished Scholar award was established by the conference's faculty representatives six years ago to supplement the Academic All-Big Ten program. Like Academic All-Big Ten honorees, Distinguished Scholar Award recipients must be letterwinners who are enrolled in at least their second academic year at their institution.


However, only student-athletes with a GPA of 3.7 or higher are eligible for the Distinguished Scholar award. The minimum GPA required to earn Academic All-Big Ten honors is 3.0.


Northwestern student-athletes earned a school-record 220 Academic All-Big Ten honors during the 2013-14 academic year, topping 200 such awards for the fourth consecutive year.


For a list of all Northwestern student-athletes who received Big Ten Distinguished Scholar awards in July, visit


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