For the spring 2009 semester, 235 student-athletes at The University of Texas at Austin-more than 60 percent-earned a 3.0 grade-point average (GPA) or better, and 36 student-athletes earned perfect 4.0 GPAs.
In addition, all but three men’s and women’s varsity programs earned team GPAs of 3.0 or better.
“Our goal is to have all of our teams reach a 3.0 GPA or better each semester,” said Dr. Randa Ryan, senior associate athletics director for student services. “This spring we were very close to achieving that goal, and this gives great value to all the hard work from our students, the academic staff and the coaches.”
More than 55 student-athletes will receive their degrees this spring and fall. In addition, the men’s basketball and softball programs received public recognition awards from the NCAA for their latest multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR). Both teams posted multi-year APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in their sports.
Football’s Chris Ogbonnaya and soccer’s Stephanie Logterman have been named recipients of the Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship. Ogbonnaya is the fifth member of the football team to receive such an honor since 2001. Logterman is the second soccer player in university history to earn the distinction. The NCAA Postgradute Scholarship was created in 1964 to promote and encourage postgraduate education. Athletics and academic achievements, as well as campus involvement and community service, are evaluated.
“Stephanie Logterman has been one of our highest achieving students in the history of Texas athletics,” Ryan said. “A postgraduate scholarship is just the exclamation point at the end of her career at the university, which she has represented so well.”
Brian Davis, associate athletics director for student services over football, said, “Chris Ogbonnaya’s postgraduate scholarship is a testament to his hard work and great character. He is wise enough to know that, while he has a great opportunity to continue his career in the NFL, that career will only be a short time relative to the rest of his life. He will use this scholarship to obtain his law degree and pursue his ‘second’ career.”