Colorado State places fourth in Scholar Athlete Awards for Mountain West

Mack Beaulieu

Eighty-nine Colorado State athletes were honored last week by the Mountain West with the Scholar Athlete Award. Part of a record-breaking year for the Mountain West, the Rams had the fourth-highest amount of Scholar Athletes in the conference.

Women’s track and field led all teams with 16 members receiving the award, while the swimming and diving team came in second with 11. Football had three scholar athletes. Boise State had the most scholar athletes for football with 12 members receiving the award. Seven CSU athletes made the list with 4.0s, including Jordan Acosta, Haley Donaldson, Larisa Petakoff, Jennae Frederick, Rachel Holland, Emily Luetschwager and Luke Giugliano. Giugliano and Petakoff were the only seniors to win the award as they received master’s degrees in engineering and education respectively.


The Rams finished the 2017-2018 athletic and academic year with 138 student-athletes being given academic awards in total. 

To be eligible for the award, athletes must be a starter or heavy contributor to the team, been at the school for at least two semesters and maintain a GPA higher than 3.5. The Rams were led by their women’s and Olympic sports teams, which was typical for the conference.

Mack Beaulieu is a reporter and columnist for The Collegian and can be reached at or on twitter @Macknz_James.