NEW BRUNSWICK - A school-record 87 Rutgers student-athletes have been recognized by the Big Ten Conference as 2018-19 Distinguished Scholars.

Field hockey's Nicole Profita, women's soccer's Adora Moneme, men's soccer's Brian Shushkovsky, swimming's Francesca Stoppa and track and field's Christopher Mirabelli earned their third selections to the prestigious list while also maintaining 4.0 grade-point averages during the previous academic term.

Twenty Scarlet Knights with 4.0 GPAs in 2018-19 and 34 repeat selections highlighted the list of student-athletes representing 22 Rutgers athletic programs. This group of honorees is pursuing diverse fields of study with a list of majors that include finance, global sports business, mechanical engineering, biological sciences, cell biology and neuroscience, visual arts, biomedical engineering, criminal justice and many others.

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The complete list of Rutgers Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholars is available here.

Since joining the Big Ten in 2014-15, 365 Scarlet Knights have been recognized as Distinguished Scholars.

Established in 2008 to supplement the Academic All-Big Ten program, Distinguished Scholars must have earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition in the previous academic year, must have been enrolled full time 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. 

The announcement follows a school-record 276 student-athletes earning Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2018-19, comprised of 145 in the spring, 46 in the winter and 85 in the fall. The Academic All-Big Ten threshold is a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for a student's academic career.