North Texas student-athletes continued their academic success in the classroom during the 2006-07 schoool year.
At the Sun Belt Conference’s annual spring meetings, former football student-athlete Sky Pruitt was named as one of the recipients of the Postgraduate Scholarship Award.The Postgraduate Scholarship Award is given in recognition of superior academic achievement. The winners receive a check for $2,000 for use toward their future education.
Sky added another award to his list by being named Male Varsity Athlete of the Year at this year’s University of North Texas Honors Day. Softball student-athlete Danielle Rupp was the Female Varsity Athlete of the Year honoree.
The swimming and diving team was honored as a top academic team in NCAA Division I, ranking 37th in the nation by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.
Two student-athletes were honored for their academic achievements by ESPN The Magazine and the College Sports Information Directors of America for the second year in a row. Austin Welch, a golfer, was named to the second-team academic all-district team, while track and field athlete Heath Smith was a Academic All-America First Team honoree. Smith earned second-team All-America honors last year.
This past February, the athletic department honored those athletes with grade point averages of 3.0 or higher during the half time of a home basketball game. This past year North Texas honored 200 total student-athletes and 26 members of the school spirit organizations. Those honorees include 39 from Football, 7 from Men’s Basketball, 12 from Women’s Basketball, 13 from Softball, 13 from Soccer, 8 from Tennis, 11 from Volleyball, 29 from Swimming and Diving, 17 from Men’s Track and Field, 32 from Women’s Track and Field, 9 from Men’s Golf and 10 from Women’s Golf.
North Texas added an additional program this past year which honors student-athletes with cumulative grade point averages of 3.5 or higher. The first annual Mean Green Scholar Athletes Banquet was held the Sunday prior to Finals Week in May and 36 student-athletes, not including freshmen, were invited to attend. Each of the student-athletes fell into one of three categories based on their current grade point average- Platinum, Gold and Silver. Athletes with the highest cumulative grade point average for their team were given a Green Eagle Award. The Gayle and Virgil Strange Award was also introduced at the banquet to honor the senior with the highest overall grade point average among all teams. Heath Smith was the first recipient and graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA.