FORT MYERS, Fla. – The "student" in student-athlete took center stage Friday afternoon as President Wilson Bradshaw was amongst university administrators to honor 44 FGCU student-athletes and cheerleaders who have excelled in the classroom during the second annual Athletic Academic Honors Luncheon in the Student Union Ballroom. In addition to team excellence awards, the Hillmyer-Tremont Foundation was honored with the FGCU Athletics Service Award.
The 44 individuals honored Friday have been at FGCU for at least two semesters and boast a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade-point average (GPA). Overall, 11 FGCU student-athletes posted 4.0 semester GPA's last fall and 163 out of 266 total student-athletes (61 percent) earned a spot on the FGCU Athletic Director's Honor Roll for posting a minimum 3.0 semester GPA during the 2010 Fall term. FGCU student-athletes have combined for a record cumulative 3.15 department GPA, exceeding the University’s general student body 2.97 combined GPA.
Coach David Deiros’ softball team was recognized for posting the best semester GPA (3.40) during the fall semester among team sports programs. Coach Jennifer Gabou’s women's tennis team (3.49 semester GPA) earned the honor among individual team sports. Coach Karl Smesko’s women’s basketball team (0.30 improved GPA) earned the most improved team GPA, while first-year coach Brent Jensen’s men’s golf team (0.33 improved GPA) earned the honor among individual team sports.
The Hillmyer-Tremont Foundation was honored for its tremendous overall commitment to FGCU student-athletes since the inception of Eagles Athletics in the fall of 2000. The Hillmyer-Tremont Student-Athlete Foundation has a rich tradition of recognizing & supporting young men and women in their pursuit of a college education and in continuing to compete in sports at the collegiate level.
Named in honor of “Monk” Hillmyer, a pioneer in real estate/housing in Southwest Florida & Elmer Tremont long time educator and coach in Southwest Florida, the Foundation supports FGCU Athletics with both an Endowed Scholarship fund & an annual scholarship gift. Recipients of the scholarships maintain a 3.0 GPA, compete in any of FGCU’s 14 programs. Preference in awarding the scholarships is for Lee County and Southwest Florida residents. FGCU is fortunate to have the Hillmyer-Tremont Foundation support our student-athletes.