To recognize Temple student-athletes' commitment to academics, Director of Athletics Dr. Patrick Kraft
announced today the creation of the Owl Scholar Program. Newly designed patches will be adorned to the uniforms of all returning student-athletes who have completed a Temple degree program or who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above before their season begins and for those who earned a GPA of 3.0 or above from the previous semester.
"Each year, our student-athletes set the bar higher in terms of academic success, so this program will be a way to further shine the light on their accomplishments in the classroom," extolled Kraft. "Displaying patches on our student-athletes' uniforms will show our student-athletes and the entire university community not only that we are proud of their academic successes but that academics continues to be the critical element in their experience at Temple."
As of the start of the fall semester, 250 Temple student-athletes (73%) qualified for the Owl Scholar Program and patch. Men's and Women's Cross Country, Golf, Women's Soccer, Men's Tennis and Women's Volleyball had 100% of their returning student-athletes earn patches.
In the spring of 2016, Temple student-athletes set a department semester record with a 3.23 combined GPA, while achieving a GPA above a 3.00 for the ninth consecutive semester. Temple also graduated a record 131 student-athletes during the 2015-16 academic year and had a record-setting 68% of its student-athletes earn a 3.0 GPA in the spring of 2016. Fifteen of the department's 19 teams earned a 3.0 cumulative GPA with 11 teams posting a GPA above a 3.3.
"Temple's student-athletes have been performing at a very high level academically for the past five years and the Owl Scholar Program is a perfect example of the expanding culture of earned academic success at Temple University
," said Justin Miller
, Temple University
's Senior Director, Resnick Academic Support Center for Student-Athletes. "The Owl Scholar Program is a perfect intersect between our student-athletes' academic and athletic identities. I am confident that the recipients will wear their patches with pride and be honored to have their academic accomplishments on display on their field or court of play."