Several awards exist for student-athlete academic recognition. Academic awards are presented through Coaches, the Athletic Department, the Colonial Athletic Association and the NCAA. Consideration is given to athletic performance, academic record, sportsmanship, observance of rules, as well as other criteria. All awards are provided in compliance with NCAA regulations regarding the type and number of awards permitted.
Each sport honors its top student-athletes at the annual UNCW Athletic Awards Banquet near the conclusion of the spring semester. The Department of Athletics recognizes individual student-athletes as well as presents team awards. Seniors from each team and athletic support groups receive a senior award. Academic awards are also given through the NCAA and other academic associations.
Chancellor's Cup - The Chancellor's Cup is presented to a male and female student-athlete who best represents UNCW in the classroom and in the athletic arena. The recipient's must have a minimum 3.0 gpa and be a graduating student-athlete during the term of its presentation. The Chancellor's Cup is presented at the annual Athletic Awards Banquet.
Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner's Academic Award - This award, sponsored by the CAA, is given annually to student-athletes who have distinguished themselves in both the classroom and in the athletic arena. Recipients must have earned a varsity letter in their respective CAA sponsored sport and must have achieved either an overall or current academic year grade-point average of 3.2 or better.
The Soaring Seahawk Award - This award is presented at the annual Athletic Awards Banquet to an individual who is an exemplary representative of UNCW's student-athletes. The recipient displays a consistent commitment to his or her team and UNCW Athletics, exhibits good sportsmanship and conduct, and attracts local, regional and/or national attention. The recipient serves as an outstanding role model and inspires his/her peers with a high level of integrity and character.
Seahawk Award - This award is given annually by the Department of Athletics to student-athletes who have earned a 3.0 or better grade-point average for the academic year.
Golden Seahawk Award - This award is given annually by the Department of Athletics to student-athletes who have earned a 3.25 or better grade-point average for the academic year.