Conference Academic Recognition
At the end of each sports season, student-athletes who excel academically during their sports season are recognized by the CAA and Towson University. Certificates honoring their academic achievements are awarded to the student-athletes the semester following the conclusion of their sports season.
Towson Athletics Scholars
Each spring, the Department of Athletics recognizes student-athletes, student athletic trainers, and cheerleaders who achieve a 3.5 GPA or above the previous two semesters, or minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA, as Towson University Tiger Athletics Scholars. In 2008, Athletics instituted a new tradition honoring students within the athletics program who are graduating or exhausting their NCAA eligibility. Custom-designed Towson University Tiger Athletics Scholar Medallions are awarded to students who achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above through their last complete term. To view the 2012-13 Towson Athletics Scholars, click here.
Towson Athletics Honor Roll
Each spring, the Department of Athletics names student-athletes, student athletic trainers, and cheerleaders who achieve a GPA between a 3.0 and 3.49 the previous two semesters to the Towson University Athletics Honor Roll. Freshman who meet the criteria during their first semester are also named to the Honor Roll.
Towson Foundation Scholarships
The Department of Athletics has 13 Foundation Scholarships, which are awarded to select continuing student-athletes. For a list of the scholarships and qualifications, click here.
Departmental Athletic Awards
Student-athletes receive a Towson University Athletics Award Watch after they have lettered in their sport (at Towson) for two years. Student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility, or graduating seniors who have been contributing members of their team for a minimum of one year, will be provided with a Towson University Athletics Blanket.
Athletic Awards Banquet
At the end of the academic year, the Department of Athletics sponsors an end of year banquet for all student-athletes and special guests. Parents of student-athletes are invited to attend the banquet. Student athletic trainers, cheerleaders, and the Pep Band are also invited to attend. At the banquet the following awards are presented:
Tiger Leadership Awards: Each sport has a student-athlete on their team honored at the end of the year dinner. The head coach selects the award recipient whose performance and dedication contributed to the success of the team. An award winner is also selected from the student athletic trainers and cheerleaders. Award winners will be provided with an award honoring their achievements.
Strength & Conditioning Athletes of the Year - This award is presented annually to the top male and female varsity student-athlete who empowers the principles of strength and conditioning to become a true leader in their sport.
Academic Achievement Awards - NCAA, CAA and other academic recognition awards are presented to Towson's top scholar-athletes. In addition, the Tiger Club Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award recognizes one graduating student-athlete who has excelled in athletic competition as well as academics. Additional national, regional, conference or departmental academic awards may also be presented.
Team Academic Awards - P.A.W.S. (Towson's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) initiated the Wayne Edwards Team Academic Award presented to the men's team and women's team with the highest average GPA from the previous two semesters.
Inspiration Award - May be awarded to an individual for extraordinary acts of courage, perseverance or service to others.
Department of Athletics Special Awards: At the end of the year Athletic Awards Banquet, department-wide awards are presented. The winners are selected based on nomination by the coaching staff and vote of the Department of Athletics Coaching and Athletic Staff. These awards include:
- Unsung Hero Award (male and female) - Awarded to the two student-athletes who have contributed significantly to the success of the team and often go unrecognized.
- Rookie of the Year (male and female) - Awarded to two first-year student-athletes who make an immediate impact on their team.
- Senior Athlete Career Achievement Awards (male and female) - Awarded to two outstanding senior-athletes who have made significant contributions to their team throughout their intercollegiate career.
- Athlete of the Year Awards (male and female) - Awarded to two student-athletes whose performance and dedication have made a significant contribution to the success of their team during the current academic year.
- Coach of the Year Award - Awarded to the Head Coach who, by the collective vote of the Head Coaches and Administrative Staff, had the "most successful year".
- Team of the Year Award - Awarded to the team who by the collective vote of the Administrative Leadership Team had the most successful competitive season.
Doc Minnegan Award and Director's Awards - May be awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to Towson University Athletics.
To view the release on the 2012-13 winners from the Athletic Awards Banquet, click here.
To view the release on the 2010-11 winners from the Athletic Awards Banquet, click here.
To see the previous departmental award winners, click here to the 2010-11 banquet program.