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UMD Bulldogs “ALLETE” Moments: Classroom
Throughout this year, UMD Athletics is partnering with Minnesota Power, ALLETE to highlight the Bulldogs accomplishments in the 3 C’s: Classroom, Competition, Community.

The University of Minnesota Duluth is among 169 division II schools to contribute a pool of scholar athletes to the record breaking number receiving the award.

The Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2 ADA) announced the 2021-22 recipients of the D2 ADA Academic Achievement Awards. The Academic Achievement Awards, in its 15th year, is a program that recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the Division II level. In total, there were a record breaking 16,642 student-athletes from 169 institutions recognized for the 2021-22 Academic Achievement Awards. This is the most student-athletes being recognized since the inception of the award’s program. For the fourth consecutive year, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) has the largest number of student-athlete honorees with 1,709 total, closely followed by the Sunshine State Conference with 1,306 and Northeast 10 Conference (NE10) with 1,285. In addition, we would also like to recognize two additional conferences who finished in the top five; the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC) with 1,199 and the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) with 1,171, respectively.

“Congratulations to all of the student-athlete recipients of the distinguished D2 ADA Academic Achievement Award,” said Kim Pate, vice president for athletics at Lenoir-Rhyne University and current D2 ADA President. “It’s been so impressive to see the number of student-athletes recognized for their stellar performance in the classroom grow to record numbers year to year since the inception of this award. This is a reflection of our member institution’s commitment to ensuring special recognition of the academic success of so many well-deserving student-athletes.”

Independently, the Great Midwest Athletic Conference’s (GMAC) University of Findlay led the way with 273 honorees, followed closely by another GMAC representative Walsh University with 247 award winners. Mercyhurst University of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) finished third with 241 recipients and Queens University of Charlotte in the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) came in fourth overall with 234. Rounding out the top-five was the Sunshine State Conference’s Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with 215 nominees. Since the inception of the award’s program in 2007-08, there has been a total of 127,854 student-athlete nominees recognized for their academic achievements at the Division II level.
Also, the student-athlete must:

  • have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • have attended a minimum of two years (four semesters) of college level work
  • have been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his/her last academic year (Given the continued challenges institutions have had this year when it comes to participation, all athletes who meet bullet point items 1 and 2 are still eligible as long as they were still an active member of the roster during this academic year)

The following institutions submitted student-athletes (#) for the Division 2 ADA Academic Achievement Award. To view the full list of submissions, click here.

About D2 ADA: The D2 ADA is the first organization of its kind to provide educational and networking opportunities; enhancement of acceptable operating standards and ethics; and establishment of the overall prestige and understanding of the profession of Division II athletic directors. For more information about the D2 ADA, please visit The D2 ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 58h year. For more information on NACDA and the 17 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit

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