May 31, 2018

NAIA & NCCAA Scholar Athletes Announced

Head shots of Saltarelli, Thrasher, and KelleyWyatt Saltarelli, Collan Thrasher, Kole Kelley

College of the Ozarks’ student-athletes have been hard at work in the classroom as well as on the baseball field, track, and golf course.

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has released the recipients of the spring 2018 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete Award.  In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.

Receiving the award were College of the Ozarks’ baseball players Wyatt Saltarelli and Collan Thrasher, track and field athletes Madison Bagg, Sam Scaggs, and Mile Mrowiec, and golfers Bekah Goodwin, Heath Carmichael, and Eric Powell.

The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) also released their 2018 Scholar Athlete awardees for the spring.  The NCCAA requirements are similar to NAIA but require a minimum GPA of 3.4, and NCCAA golf awards are recognized each fall.  Achieving the NCCAA honors were track and field athletes Bagg, Mrowiec, Scaggs, and Ryan Vance, alongside baseball players Kole Kelley, Saltarelli, and Thrasher.  

“We are very proud of these student-athletes,” stated Athletic Director Steve Shepherd.  “While it is always a challenge for student athletes to invest well in their studies during their season of competition, it is especially so for College of the Ozarks’ athletes.  In addition to balancing the rigors of the classroom while practicing, competing, and traveling for their sport, all of our student-athletes work 15 hours per week at an on-campus work assignment to cover the cost of their tuition.”