Philadelphia University topped a list of student-athletes recognized with academic achievement awards as announced Aug. 15 by the Division II Athletics Directors Association (D2ADA). PhilaU had 41 award winners, the highest number in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC).
The achievement adds to Philadelphia University’s impressive commitment to academics for each of the school’s student-athletes. The University consistently ranks among the top academic performers among all NCAA Division II institutions, according to the NCAA’s Academic Success Reports. PhilaU’s 95 percent student-athlete graduate rate currently places the school among the top 10 best colleges and universities in the nation.
The D2ADA Academic Achievement Awards recognize students-athletes who have completed at least four semesters of college work with a cumulate grade point average of 3.5 or higher. PhilaU was one of nine schools in the CACC to receive at least one D2ADA award.
“We are very proud of our students’ achievements,” said Tom Shirley, director of athletics and women’s basketball coach. “We take academics seriously at Philadelphia University, and it is always encouraging to see so many of our student-athletes excelling in the classroom.”
Philadelphia University’s D2ADA Academic Achievement Award winners for 2011-12 are:
Men’s Cross Country
Nicole Van Bourgondien
Isabela Espinosa Davilla
Women’s Cross Country