|2||University of Rio Grande|
|3||Grand View University|
|4||University of Northwestern Ohio|
|5||West Virginia Institute of Technology|
|6||Oklahoma Wesleyan University|
|7||William Carey University|
|8||MidAmerica Nazarene University|
|9||Marymount California University|
|1||University of Northwestern Ohio|
|2||Spring Arbor University|
|10||William Carey University|
|19||Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University|
|10||Grand View University|
The NAIA has announced the 1,677 teams that have earned the distinction for Scholar-Teams for the 2016-17 academic year. Arizona Christian's women's cross country team, Indiana Tech's women's golf team and Midland's (Neb.) women's volleyball team all tied for an NAIA-best combined 3.90 grade point average this year. The three teams have been selected to share the title of Scholar-Team of the Year.
Seven California Pacific Conference institutions had teams grace the list of outstanding academic achievement. Embry-Riddle, the recipient of the Commissioner's Cup for the third year in a row, as well as being voted the Sportsmanship Award by conference coaches, landed 11 teams on the Scholar list.
Benedictine-Mesa had six teams earn a spot on the prestigious list, Marymount California five, Cal Maritime four, Antelope Valley three, UC Merced two, and La Sierra one.
For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar-Team award, it must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. The team grade point average includes all eligible varsity student-athletes.
The women's cross country team from Wiley (Texas) finished close behind the three with a 3.88 GPA, earning the fourth place spot. Rounding out the top five was the women's golf team from Graceland (Iowa) with a 3.86.
St. Ambrose (Iowa) and Tabor (Kan.) lead the pack with 20 teams each making the list. Three schools – Concordia (Neb.), Doane (Neb.) and Lindenwood – Belleville (Ill.) – were next with 19 teams making the list.
Aquinas (Mich.), Biola (Calif.), Davenport (Mich.), Dordt (Iowa), Grace (Ind.), Indiana Tech, Indiana Wesleyan, Morningside (Iowa), Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), Reinhardt (Ga.) and Taylor (Ind.) all had 18 Scholar-Teams.
For more information on NAIA awards, including the Scholar-Team honor, click here.