Faith Duffy from Cherry Hill, a member of the women’s lacrosse team, was one of 81 Bloomsburg University student-athletes recognized by the Division II Athletic Directors Association (D2 ADA) with an Academic Achievement Award for the 2019–20 academic year. The 81 recipients were 20 more than last year’s total of 61 and were just one shy of the school-record 82 student-athletes that earned the honor during the 2016–2017 academic year.
In total, there were 15,226 student-athletes from 200 institutions recognized for the 2019–20 Academic Achievement Awards — numbers that shattered the records for highest number of participating institutions and the largest number of student-athletes being nominated since the award program’s inception. For the second consecutive year, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) has the largest number of student-athlete honorees with 1,365.
In order for a student-athlete to receive an Academic Achievement Award, the athletics director of the Division II institution must be a current dues-paying member of the DII ADA. The student-athlete must also have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher, have attended a minimum of two years of college level work, and have been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his/her last academic year.