Conference USA is committed to academic excellence. We play a vital role in encouraging an environment of and setting high expectations for academic success. C-USA's Academic Awards program honors the academic achievements of C-USA student-athletes and publicly recognizes their accomplishments at the conference level.
Scholar Athlete Award | Past Winners
Awarded to the top student-athlete in each Conference sponsored sport as determined by the Faculty Athletics Representatives. The award is based on academic achievement (GPA - 3.0 or better), athletic achievement and service.
Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarships | Past Winners
Sixteen awards of $4,000 each for graduates of each academic year. The Faculty Athletic Representatives will determine the recipients at the Conference's Spring meetings. At least two awards must go to women and two to men. Recipients of the Conference USA post-graduate scholarships must enroll in a graduate program within three years of receipt of the award.
Other AwardsAthlete of the Year
Conference USA selects a male and female Athlete of the Year at the end of the academic year. The award is based solely on athletic achievement during an academic year and the winners are determined through a vote by the league's Athletic Directors.
SAAC Coaches Choice Award
The Conference USA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee recognizes a coach that is committed to fostering student-athlete development and welfare through a positive athletic and academic atmosphere.
Spirit of Service Award
The C-USA Spirit of Service Award is designed to recognize the community service efforts of Conference USA student-athletes. Each member institution will nominate one student-athlete for the fall, winter and spring sport seasons for a total of 16 recipients each season. The nomination shall be based upon significant community service, good academic standing and participation in their elected sport.
The conference sponsors a Sportsmanship Award in all sports. This award is given to student-athletes, coaches or teams that perform an individual act of sporting behavior or generally conduct themselves with a high degree of good sportsmanship. Individuals and teams can be nominated by any staff member of a C-USA institution or the conference office.