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DI-AAA ADA Announces Scholar-Athlete Teams and Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients

April 3, 2012

COMPLETE RELEASE with Scholar-Athlete Teams

CLEVELAND -- The 22 winners of the 10th Annual Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Scholar-Athlete Teams were announced today by the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA).  In addition, the Association also selected both a men’s and women’s scholar-athlete of the year and postgraduate scholarship winner. 

“The Division I-AAA ADA wants to congratulate this year’s scholar-athletes for both their academic and athletics achievements,” stated Tim Hall, chair of the Division I-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete Team Selection Committee and athletics director at the University of Missouri Kansas City. “Our Association is excited to have another platform which recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of Division I student-athletes.” 

Basketball players from all Division I-AAA ADA member institutions are eligible for these prestigious awards. Each of the nominees was required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate study and have been a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletics credentials. He/she must have reached junior athletics and academic standing at the nominated institution (true freshmen, red-shirt freshmen and ineligible athletics transfers are not eligible) and have completed at least three academic semesters/five quarters at the nominated institution.  Nominated student-athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games listed on the nomination form.

Additionally, from the Scholar-Athlete teams, one male and female student-athlete was selected as the Division I-AAA ADA Scholar-Athletes of the Year. Receiving the women’s honor was Sarah Hansen, a chemistry major from Florida Gulf Coast University, with a 3.95 GPA; while the men’s award went to Adam Sollazzo, a business marketing major from East Tennessee State University, with a 3.72 GPA.



Tara Booker, a sociology and organizational science major from George Washington University with a 3.38 GPA, and Mick Hedgepeth, an accounting major from Belmont University with a 3.70 GPA, were selected as the 2012 postgraduate scholarship recipients.  Each will receive $5,000 towards postgraduate studies and will be given their awards during the Association’s annual membership meeting being held in conjunction with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention, being held at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas, June 25-28.   

Men's Scholar-Athlete Team  
Name Instituion GPA Major
Luke Patrick Apfeld Vermont 3.82 English/Sociology
Ben Averkamp Loyola Chicago 3.77 Biology
Travis Bader Oakland 3.32 Communications
Taylor Darby Pepperdine 3.37 Integrated Marketing
Matthew Dickey North Carolina Asheville 3.30 Health & Wellness
Walt Gibler Loyola Chicago 3.73 Psychology
Chase Hallam Denver 3.88 Accounting
Mick Hedgepeth Belmont 3.70 Accounting
Tony Meier Wisconsin Milwaukee 3.65 Business
Scott Saunders Belmont 3.84 Finance/Marketing
Adam Sollazzo East Tennessee State 3.72 Business Marketing
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Adam Sollazzo, East Tennessee State
Postgraduate Scholarship Recipient:  Mick Hedgepeth, Belmont
Women's Scholar-Athlete Team  
Name Instituion GPA Major
Maggie Blair Manhattan 4.00 Finance/Management
Tara Booker George Washington 3.38 Sociology & Organizational Science
Courtney Chihil Florida Gulf Coast 3.86 Nursing
Lily Grenci Siena 3.83 Sociology
Alexandra Hall Hartford 3.95 Management/Economics & Finance
Dayon Hall-Jones Missouri Kansas City 3.41 Psychology
Sarah Hansen Florida Gulf Coast 3.95 Chemistry
Michelle Kurowski UMBC 4.00 Teaching/Early Childhood Education
Kevi Luper Oral Roberts 3.49 Business Administration
Anna Martin DePaul 3.56 Commerce: Intended Management
Julie Wojta Wisconsin Green Bay 3.58 Business Administration & Accounting
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Sarah Hansen, Florida Gulf Coast
Postgraduate Scholarship Recipient: Tara Booker, George Washington

A special Review Committee of Division I-AAA athletics directors was responsible for selecting the winners. Completing this task were Committee Chair Tim Hall; Pete Carlon, Texas Arlington; Don DiJulia, St. Joseph’s; Gene Doris, Fairfield; Bill Husak, Loyola Marymount; Jean Lenti Ponsetto, DePaul; and Dave Mullins, East Tennessee State.

About Division I-AAA ADA: Now in its 11th year, the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association's mission is to enhance initiatives common to its Division I-AAA membership (the 99 Division I institutions that do not sponsor football), in particular, aspects related to their flagship basketball programs. For more information on the Division I-AAA ADA, please visit www.div1aaa-ada.com. The Division I-AAA ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 47th year. For more information on NACDA and the 12 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.