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Academic Achievements

At IMG Academy, we help place student-athletes at the universities that best fit their goals and needs - both academically and athletically. Often, those universities represent some of the highest-performing in the world.

Notable universities attended by IMG Academy graduates:

Gregory Hunter
, a native of Chicago, Ill., has been named as a National Achievement Scholarship semifinalist. Hunter, a member of the IMG Academy Boys Basketball program, was one of just over 1,600 African-American High School seniors who were designated semifinalists in the 50th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program. Hunter will have an opportunity to continue for one of approximately 800 Achievement Scholarship® awards. The semifinalists were chosen from among more than 160,000 high school juniors from around the United States.

Jacqueline Bendrick, a native of Mercer Island, Wash., has been named as a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. "This is a great national honor, and I’ve worked really hard to bring my academics to a high level. That’s one of the reasons I’m here at IMG Academy - to be able to pursue strong academics and pursue my love of golf,” Bendrick remarked in response to the recognition. She plans to pursue a degree in biotechnology and eventually work in laboratory research in medicine.

Samy Ramadane
, a native of Wayne, Pa., earned the distinction of National Merit Scholar when he was named as a recipient of the corporate-sponsored National Merit Arkema Inc. Scholarship. Ramadane was one of the most involved student-athletes during his time at IMG Academy leading up to the prestigious award. Ramadane was a member of the National Honor Society, and served as a Residential Mentor and tutor to his peers, all while maintaining a perfect 5.0 GPA in Advanced Placement classes on his way to being the valedictorian of the Class of 2012.   

Jordan Lippetz, a native of Piedmont, Calif., was named to the HP Scholastic Junior All-American team, the AJGA announced in August 2012, in recognition of her achievements on the links and in the classroom. Lippetz, a member of the Class of 2012, served as president of the IMG Academy chapter of the National Honor Society during her senior year. 

Seiji Liu, a native of Beverly Hills, Calif., was named as an HP Junior Academic All-American in 2008 and 2009 while a student-athlete at IMG Academy. Liu ended his high school career ranked No. 38 in the Golfweek/Titleist National Rankings, and No. 12 in the Class of 2010. Liu was also an AP Scholar with honors, finished as the class valedictorian, and earned the Carpe Diem award for his class. Liu also served as a delegate to the University of Florida’s Young Leaders Conference. Liu moved on to Harvard University, where he has excelled on the links and in the classroom, majoring in economics. 

Notable achievements of the 2009-2012 classes:

  • 30% committed to a top-100 school as ranked by the U.S. News & World Report
  • 326 graduates (nearly 60%) have committed to a Division I university (less than 6% of student-athletes nationally play sports at the D-I, II, or III collegiate level).
  • Average of $1.2 million in total scholarships for freshmen year of college (less than 2% of student-athletes nationally earn a college scholarship).
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