MACON – Mercer University earned its sixth consecutive Barrett-Bonner Award from the Southern Conference at the conclusion of the 2020-21 academic year.
 
The Barrett-Bonner Award is given to the SoCon institution that places the highest percentage of its student-athletes on the league’s academic honor roll. Mercer placed 83% of its student-athletes on this year’s Southern Conference Honor Roll.
 
In addition to leading the SoCon in total Honor Roll selections and percentage of student-athletes on the Honor Roll, the Bears had a league-best 114 student-athletes earn the Commissioner’s Medal for posting a GPA of at least 3.8 and had a SoCon-high 41 student-athletes register 4.0 grade-point averages.
 
Mercer has won the award each year it has been eligible since joining the conference during the 2014-15 academic year, and its six-year winning streak marks the longest since former SoCon member Davidson won the award six straight years from 2008-09 to 2013-14.
 
Mercer and Davidson are the only schools to win the Barrett-Bonner Award multiple times and have combined to receive the award 26 times in its 29-year existence.
 
First presented in 1994, the Barrett-Bonner Award is named after Col. John G. Barrett, faculty athletics representative at Virginia Military Institute from 1965-87, and Dr. Francis W. Bonner, faculty athletics representative at Furman University from 1968-90.

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Travis Rae is assistant director of athletic media relations at Mercer University.