ORONO, Maine--The University of Maine announced on Friday that 261 student-athletes will be honored and recognized for their success in the classroom at the Scholar-Athlete Recognition ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. One-hundred ninety five student-athletes will be recognized as Scholar-Athletes for achieving a 3.0 or better grade point average for the 2013 year and/or having a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Sixty-six first-year student-athletes will also be honored as *Rising Stars* for earning a 3.0 GPA or better in their first semester at Maine. The Scholar-Athletes and *Rising Stars* total 261.
Now in its 25th year, the awards have been presented annually since 1989 and 3,189 medallions have been awarded. This is the 10th year in a row that over half of the student-athletes have been honored. The event is sponsored by the University of Maine Foundation, University Credit Union, The M Club and the Alumni Association.
“Recognizing over half of our student-athlete as scholar-athletes is an impressive accomplishment,” said director of athletics Karlton Creech. “This group exemplifies what it means to be a student-athlete, excelling in both the classroom and in their sport. I congratulate them on this outstanding achievement.”
The University of Maine will honor these student-athletes at a reception on Tuesday, Feb. 25 in Wells Conference Center at 6:30 p.m., and also announce the annual recipients of the “M” Club Dean Smith Award, presented to the top male and female scholar-athlete. Team Maine will also be announced, honoring the sophomore, junior or senior from each team who has achieved the highest grade point average for the 2013 calendar year.
All scholar-athletes will receive a medallion, the color of which represents the number of years that a recipient has earned the award. This year 97 student-athletes will receive bronze medals signifying the first time that they have received the award, 59 will receive silver medals signifying the second time that they have received the award, and 36 student-athletes will receive gold medals signifying the third time that they have received the award. Four student-athletes will receive double gold medals for their fourth time award.