BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- WKU Athletics held its annual Academic Banquet Thursday night at the President's House on Chestnut Street in Bowling Green.
WKU recognized the 56 student-athletes who received Conference USA Academic Medals for having a grade point average of 3.75 or higher, the most of any school in the league, and the 38 Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society inductees. WKU has had 287 Chi Alpha Sigma inductees since 2007.
The Male Scholar Team of the Year went to the baseball program for its 3.03 team grade point average, marking the second-straight year the program has earned the honor. The Female Scholar Team of the Year was the soccer program for its 3.70 team GPA.
With a 3.76 GPA in engineering, Sean Hurd from the cross country and track and field program was named the Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. April Butler from golf is the Female Scholar Athlete of the Year for her perfect 4.0 GPA in biology and chemistry.
Helen Heines was named the Athletic Tutor of the Year.
In addition, WKU recognized 234 student-athletes who achieved "personal best" GPAs in the last calendar year.
The opening remarks were given by WKU Director of Athletics Todd Stewart. WKU President Dr. Gary Ransdell provided the closing comments.
A total of 197 WKU student-athletes, nearly 54 percent of its total number, earned Commissioner's Honor Roll recognition from C-USA for maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better during the 2014-15 academic year.
In the past calendar year 101 WKU student-athletes have graduated, with 76 earning their degrees in May 2014 and 25 in December 2014. The average cumulative GPA of the 101 was 3.12.
In the NCAA's latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) release in spring 2014, each of WKU's 19 teams exceeded the mandated 930 APR score by at least 16 points.