Missouri Valley Conference Awards

President's Academic Excellence Awards

The President's Council Academic Excellence Award requires a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average through fall semester of the previous school year and participation in athletics a minimum of two years. The student-athlete must also be within 18 hours of graduation.

2012-13 Valley Academic Awards
2013 Valley Academic Awards (Football)

Commissioner's Academic Excellence Awards
The Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award requires a minimum GPA of 3.2 for the previous two semesters of the academic school year (freshmen are not eligible).

2012-13 Valley Academic Awards
2013 Valley Academic Awards (Football)

Academic Honor Roll
Recognizes academic achievement of student-athletes. To qualify for the Valley Honor Roll, a student-athlete must have recorded a minimum 3.2 grade point average for a specified term, must have been a member of an athletics team, and must have a minimum of 12 hours of enrollment during the fall or spring semesters.

Elite 18 Award
The Elite 18 Award Program was established by the Missouri Valley Conference in the fall of 2010 to honor the highest achievement in academics and athletics by a student-athlete in each MVC-sponsored sport. Modeled after the NCAA Elite 88 Academic Recognition Award Program, the MVC Elite 18 award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average competing at the finals site at each of the MVC's 18 team championships.

The selection process varies for each sport, and winners are chosen from a list of nominations submitted by MVC institutions. For the team sports of soccer, volleyball, basketball, tennis, baseball and softball, the winner will be chosen from the two teams participating in the championship game or match. For cross country, golf, swimming and diving, and track and field, the winners will be chosen from nominated student-athletes who have met a athletic performance threshold (for instance, in cross country, the eligible student-athletes must have finished among the top 10 at the championship meet). The Elite 18 award was given to five outstanding student-athletes in the 2012-2013 school year.

2013 Valley Award Winners

Scholar-Athlete Teams
The Scholar-Athlete Award honors student-athletes for their academic and athletic performances. Scholar-Athlete honors require athletes to meet performance standards to be eligible for selection. A student-athlete must hold a cumulative 3.2 GPA, be at least a sophomore in athletic and academic standing, and have participated in 75% of the regular season or projected participation in the MVC Championship to earn a spot on the MVC Scholar-Athlete team.

2013 Valley Team Award Winners
M. Tennis/W. Tennis
M. Golf
W. Golf
Swimming & Diving
Track & Field
Cross Country
M. Basketball
W. Basketball

Charlotte West
The first-ever recipient of the Honda Award of Merit in 1996 for outstanding achievement in women's collegiate athletics, Dr. Charlotte West was a driving force for more than 40 years in the area of advancement of women's sports. On June 30, 1998, she retired from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, after serving in the capacities of head coach, associate athletics director, interim athletics director and senior woman administrator during her 41 years with the Missouri Valley Conference-member institution. West coached five women's sports from 1957-75 and, in 1982, was among the first group of women inducted into the SIUC Athletics Hall of Fame.

2013 Valley Award Winner

Good Neighbor Award
In order to be eligible for the award, the student-athlete must be in good academic standing, must demonstrate good citizenship through good sportsmanship and significant community service, and must participate in a sport, during the season of recognition. The Valley will recognize 10 student-athletes three times annually (fall, winter, spring), for a total of 30 honorees. Institutions select their MVC Leadership & Service Award honorees.

2013 Valley Award Winners