Ashley Deary, a guard on the women's basketball team, was one of 39 Northwestern student-athletes in five winter sports to earn Academic All-Big Ten honors this year.


Thirty-nine Northwestern student-athletes in five winter sports have been named Academic All-Big Ten honorees. Coupled with Northwestern's 102 fall award winners, a total of 141 Wildcats have earned academic all-conference accolades thus far in 2014-15.


Northwestern's five eligible sports for the winter season are men's and women's basketball, men's and women's swimming and diving, and wrestling. Northwestern's fencing program, which recently secured its 15th straight top-10 national finish at the NCAA championships, will be recognized during the spring at-large period.


To earn Academic All-Big Ten recognition, an athlete must be in at least his or her second year at the institution, letter in his or her sport and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.


The Big Ten will also hand out its Distinguished Scholar Award at the end of the academic year. Student-athletes eligible for the Distinguished Scholar Award must be letter winners in at least their second year at their institution. Qualifying student-athletes must have earned a GPA of 3.7 or higher for the current academic year, excluding summer school. The 3.7 GPA benchmark was designed to include the top 10 percent of all eligible student-athletes.


The Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award was established by conference Faculty Representatives as an addition to the conference's Academic All-Big Ten program. This year's recipients will be honored before the fall, based on their GPAs from the 2014-15 academic year.


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