MSU’s Will earns 2021 William Britton Scholar-Athlete Award for Academic Excellence
The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference announced Minot State University’s Jordan Will as the 2021 Dr. William Britton Scholar-Athlete Award winner. The Britton Scholar-Athlete Award for Academic Excellence, in its 37th year, recognizes the NSIC’s top male student-athlete.
The Britton Award was created in 1985 in honor of Dr. William Britton, a longtime faculty representative at Bemidji State University who served on the Athletic Board of Control of the Northern Intercollegiate Conference for 25 years. Britton retired from BSU in 1982 and passed away in March of 2019. Meanwhile the Willis R. Kelly Scholar-Athlete Award, which went to Augustana University’s Kendall Cornick, recognizes the NSIC’s top female student-athlete.
Jordan Will becomes just the second Beaver in school history to earn the Britton Award with the first one being golfer Kowan O’Keefe in 2015.
Nominees of the Britton and Kelly Awards must meet the following criteria: a grade point average of 3.5 or better (on a 4.0 scale); evidence of academic excellence beyond the minimum grade point average (scholarship prizes and other academic recognition), evidence of participation in the life of the institution, and evidence of participation in at least two-thirds of the varsity events of the individual’s primary sport. The award is voted on by the NSIC Faculty Athletic Representatives.
The 32 student-athletes nominated for the NSIC’s two most prestigious awards will also be honored as NSIC Male and Female Honor Student-Athletes of the Year at their respective institutions. Will and Cornick will each receive a $3,000 post-graduate scholarship.
Jordan Will, a native of Minot, North Dakota, is a senior triple majoring in accounting, finance, and management at Minot State University. The Bishop Ryan High School graduate holds a 4.00-grade point average while excelling in football and wrestling for the Beavers.