July 25, 2013

Belmont University Claims OVC Academic Award

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University has been awarded the 2012-13 Ohio Valley Conference Institutional Academic Achievement Award, the league office announced Thursday.

The award is presented annually to the member institution with the greatest percentage of its eligible student-athletes that earn a 3.25 grade point average or higher for that academic year.

“We could not be more proud of our student-athletes for their far-reaching academic successes,” Belmont University Director of Athletics Mike Strickland said. “Full credit belongs to our student-athletes, coaches and academic support staff for their commitment to academic excellence in all areas.”

Belmont University has now claimed a conference academic achievement award 10 of the last 12 academic years, including nine of its 11 years of membership in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

In addition to the Institutional Academic Achievement Award, the OVC also announced the recipients of 16 conference Team Academic Achievement Awards, which are presented annually in each conference-sponsored sport to the member institution's team with the greatest percentage of its eligible student-athletes who achieved a 3.25 grade point average or higher.

Belmont claimed an OVC-best seven awards; baseball, men’s basketball, women’s cross country, men’s golf, women’s soccer, men’s track and field, and women’s track and field were honored.

14 Bruin student-athletes also received the OVC Medal of Honor, emblematic of a perfect 4.0 grade-point average during the 2012-13 academic year.

For a complete listing of 2012-13 OVC Academic Awards, log onto ovcsports.com.

About Belmont University

Ranked No. 7 in the Regional Universities South category and named for the fifth consecutive year as one of the top “Up-and-Comer” universities by U.S. News & World Report, Belmont University consists of approximately 6,650 students who come from every state and 25 countries. Committed to being a leader among teaching universities, Belmont brings together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service. The university’s purpose is to help students explore their passions and develop their talents to meet the world’s needs, a fact made evident in the University’s hometown, Nashville, where students served more than 60,000 hours of community service (valued at $450,000) during the last academic year. Belmont is also home to the World Cup champion Enactus team, a group of 42 student leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. With more than 80 areas of study, 23 master’s programs and five doctoral degrees, there is no limit to the ways Belmont University can expand an individual's horizon. For more information visit www.belmont.edu