Latham, NY– The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) announces the 2019 winter Scholar-Athlete teams and number of Scholar-Athlete individuals per school. This is the 27th year the NYSPHSAA has conducted the Scholar-Athlete program, which is sponsored by Pupil Benefits Plan, Inc.
A total of 633 NYSPHSAA member schools submitted Scholar-Athlete information this season. To qualify as a Scholar-Athlete team, 75% of the team roster’s averaged GPA must be 90.0 or above. This winter, 2,616 teams earned the Scholar-Athlete team award. The number of Scholar-Athlete teams increased by 10.1% compared to the winter of 2018.
To be named a Scholar-Athlete individual, a student must earn an individual GPA of 90.0 or above regardless of their team earning Scholar-Athlete team status. A record-high 33,275 students achieved this milestone in the winter. This year, the number of Scholar-Athlete individual winners increased by 7.09% compared to the winter 2018 season.
“The Scholar-Athlete program is our most successful student program,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA Executive Director. “The continued increase shows the dedication schools, athletic departments, teams, coaches, and most importantly, student-athletes have towards academics. We could not be more proud to recognize these hard-working teams and individuals that are committed to their education.”
The list of Scholar-Athlete teams for the winter 2019 season can be found here.
The list of the number of Scholar-Athlete individuals per school for the winter 2019 season can be found here.