SEWARD, Neb. – Senior Tyler Ehresman and junior Grant Suchanek have been tabbed 2017-18 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, as announced on Thursday (May 17). An Omaha, Neb., native who graduated with a degree in secondary education, Ehresman has earned Scholar-Athlete accolades for the second year in a row. Meanwhile, the Grand Island, Neb., native, Suchanek has received the award for the first time. He majors in criminal justice, psychology and behavioral science.
In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status. A total of 182 men’s golf student-athletes across the nation were named 2017-18 Scholar-Athletes by the NAIA.
Concordia University ranks as the NAIA’s all-time leader in number of Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes with 1,335 and counting. The Bulldogs have been a regular national leader for both scholar-athletes and scholar-teams and are coming off a 2016-17 academic year that resulted in 78 more scholar-athletes and 19 scholar-teams. The 2015-16 season produced a GPAC best 92 Bulldog scholar-athletes and a national best 20 NAIA Scholar-Teams. The 2014-15 season culminated with GPAC-leading totals of 94 Bulldog scholar-athletes and 17 NAIA Scholar-Teams. During the 2013-14 academic year, Concordia garnered 101 Scholar-Athlete honorees (most in the NAIA) and 17 NAIA Scholar-Teams (tied for fourth nationally).