The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) recently announced the recipients of the Scholar-Team Awards for the 2015-16 academic year.
College of the Ozarks is proud to report that four of the College’s teams achieved this honor. The women’s volleyball team led the Bobcats with a 3.61 GPA, followed by men’s basketball at 3.23, Men’s Cross Country at 3.15, and Women’s Cross Country at 3.05.
In order to be considered for the NAIA Scholar-Team award, a team must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. The team grade point average includes all eligible varsity student-athletes during both the fall and spring semesters.
As an athlete at College of the Ozarks, students not only balance the responsibilities of class time, homework, games, practices, and travel schedules, but every student is also required to work 15 hours per week at an on-campus job. These jobs range from landscaping to laundry, day care to agriculture, Keeter Center to the library, and the list goes on.
Receiving a Scholar Team Award indicates a significant accomplishment for College of the Ozarks student athletes. It also reflects well on the College’s coaches, who strive to promote the importance of academics and work responsibilities in addition to each athlete’s dedication to his or her sport.