2012 Big Ten Distinguished Scholars
Basketball player Chelsea Jones graduated from Purdue with a 4.0 GPA and will attend medical school in the fall.

July 11, 2012

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Thirty-one Purdue student-athletes were honored as Distinguished Scholar Award recipients by the Big Ten Conference today, including seven who earned perfect 4.0 GPAs in 2011-12.

In February of 2008, Big Ten Faculty Representatives established a conference academic recognition to supplement the Academic All-Big Ten program. Similar to the Academic All-Big Ten honor, Distinguished Scholar Award recipients must be letterwinners in at least their second academic year at their institution. However, the Distinguished Scholar Award encompasses only student-athletes with a minimum GPA of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year, excluding summer school.

A total of 587 student-athletes representing all 12 Big Ten schools met the criteria to be named a Distinguished Scholar this year.

The conference also recognizes Academic All-Big Ten team members for the fall, winter and spring sports. The Academic All-Big Ten threshold is a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for their academic career. A total of 158 Boilermaker student athletes garnered Academic All-Big Ten honors during the 2011-12 school year.

2012 Big Ten Distinguished Scholars - Name, Sport
Patrick Coghlan, Baseball
Chelsea Jones, Women's Basketball
Brett Klosterhoff, Men's Cross Country
Simon Rogers, Men's Cross Country
Stephanie Bonk, Women's Cross Country
Kara Conflenti, Women's Cross Country
Thomas Welk, Men's Golf
Mollie Kuramoto, Women's Soccer
Alexis Tryba, Women's Soccer
Ashley Courtney, Softball
Molly Garst, Softball
Katie Hackney, Softball
Andie Varsho, Softball
Alec LaMothe, Men's Swimming & Diving
Sara Bogert, Women's Swimming & Diving
Julia Comodeca, Women's Swimming & Diving
Kristen Gilson, Women's Swimming & Diving
Lauren Gustafson, Women's Swimming & Diving
Amy Gutwein, Women's Swimming & Diving
Christina Jacobs, Women's Swimming & Diving
Ellie Roeing, Women's Swimming & Diving
Lauren Roth, Women's Swimming & Diving
Courtney Tumbush, Women's Swimming & Diving
Jenna York, Women's Swimming & Diving
Szymon Tatarczyk, Men's Tennis
Gisella Pere, Women's Tennis
Laura Grabowski, Women's Track & Field
Kelly McCurdy, Women's Track & Field
Kari Shoolbraid, Women's Track & Field
Rachel Davis, Women's Volleyball
Katie Griffin, Women's Volleyball

Student-athletes with 4.0 GPAs in bold


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