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Former CLS Student Wins National Scholar-Athlete Award

Gabe Ikard, National Scholar-Athlete

Recognizing Excellence

CLS students have another reason to celebrate!

We are proud to announce that Gabe Ikard, CLS student and 4.0 grade point average football player, won the 2013 National Scholar-Athlete award. The award honors accomplished student athletes with post-graduate scholarships for their athletic, academic and leadership abilities. Ikard’s commitment to education also earned the university an award of its own.

In honor of OU’s longtime commitment to encouraging excellence among student athletes, the National Football Foundation presented Oklahoma Faculty Athletics Representative Kelly Damphousse, Ph.D., with a commemorative plaque and a $5,000 award to the university. The award was presented on April 15 during Oklahoma’s 16th Annual Max Weitzenhoffer Scholar-Athlete Honors Breakfast in the Oklahoma Memorial Union.

Ikard was instrumental in earning the school this recognition. His accomplishment stands as an example of OU’s commitment to its students.

Ikard, a student of multidisciplinary studies (biological sciences), maintained a perfect GPA while earning All-American honors as a center. As Oklahoma’s first-ever three-time Academic All-American, Ikard was named the 2013 Division I Academic All-American of the Year and the Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for football while receiving both the 2013 Lee Roy Selmon Spirit Award and the Wuerffel Trophy. 

See the full article for more information about OU’s involvement in the promotion of student athletes.

Mary Wuestewald
Mary Wuestewald specializes in digital and content marketing at OU Outreach. In 2015, she earned a master's degree in Strategic Communication from OU’s College of Journalism and Mass Communication. She currently contributes to Insight magazine, the CLS blog and CLS social media efforts.

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