2021 Big Ten Medal of Honor Finalists

The conference’s most exclusive award was the first of its kind in intercollegiate athletics to recognize academic and athletic excellence. The Big Ten Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1915 to one student from the graduating class of each university who had “attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work.” Big Ten schools currently feature more than 9,500 students competing in intercollegiate athletics, but only 28 earn this prestigious award on an annual basis. In more than 100 years of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, almost 1,400 students have earned this distinction.

Sade Olatoye

Big Ten Medal of Honor Winner

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Ryan Terefenko

Big Ten Medal of Honor Winner

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Luke Meidel

Men's Volleyball

Bernard Melus


Sade Olatoye

Women's Track & Field

Kyle Seelig

Men's Tennis

Scottie Seymour


Tatum Skaggs

Women's Hockey

Jenna Swartzentruber

Women's Gymnastics

Ryan Terefenko

Men's Lacrosse

Lauren Witte

Women's Volleyball

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Academic Honors

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