Winona State has been named one of 25 finalists for the 2017 NCAA Division II Award of Excellence. The Step Out of Stigma Week was recognized for a positive campus and community engagement event. Student-athletes provided resources and encouragement for community members dealing with a mental illness and started a conversation about stigma and its detrimental effects.
Each year, Division II selects one finalist from each conference and one independent representative to be recognized for events that exemplify any of the six Division II attributes: learning, balance, resourcefulness, sportsmanship, passion and service. Each finalist will receive $500.
This year's finalists hosted events that honored members of the military, benefited local youth, assisted people with disabilities, raised money for positive causes and moreWSUwo runner-up recipients and one overall winner will be announced during the Division II Business Session at the 2017 NCAA Convention on Jan. 21 in Nashville, Tennessee. The winner will receive $1,500 and a nationally televised football or basketball game during the 2017-18 season. The first runner-up will receive $1,250, and the second runner-up will receive $1,000. All prize money is expected to be used on future community engagement initiatives.