COLUMBUS, Ohio – Cade Haiby, Benard Melus and Emily Nothnagle each got it done academically at a high level during the 2019-20 season and were all named as Big Ten Distinguished Scholars. Nothnagle is now a two-time recipient of this award.
Big Ten Faculty Representatives established the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2008 to supplement the Academic All-Big Ten program. Distinguished Scholar Award recipients must have earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition in the previous academic year, must have been enrolled full time at the institution for the entire previous academic year (two semesters or three quarters) and earned a minimum GPA of 3.70 or better during the previous academic year, excluding any summer grades. The Academic All-Big Ten threshold is a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for a student’s academic career.
A Big Ten best 164 Ohio State student-athletes were honored for this season. The full list is HERE.
The 164 honorees is an Ohio State record, surpassing the 131 recognized in 2018-19. This is the fifth consecutive year Ohio State has led the Big Ten in total recipients.