These awards are presented annually to a junior or senior athlete with the best combination of academic and athletic ability as voted upon by the Membership Body.

 Criteria for the award:
1. Awarded to a junior or senior with the best combination of academic and athletic ability.
2. Must have a 3.3 academic index (based on a four-point system).
3. Must be a varsity letter winner (conference or non-conference sport).

The men's award is named after the late Dr. Sam Molnar, who was the Director of Athletics at the State University College at Potsdam for over thirty years. He also coached various sports during this period. He served as SUNYAC President during the 1962-63 and 1963-64 years.

The women's award is named after Dr. Dolores Bogard, who was an administrator and coach at SUNY Cortland for over twenty years. She served as SUNYAC President during the 1987-88 year.

Dr. Sam Molnar
SUNYAC Men's Scholar Athlete Award
Dr. Dolores Bogard
SUNYAC Women's Scholar Athlete Award
Year Recipient School Year Recipient School
1975-76*  Bruce Teague Plattsburgh       
1976-77  Charles A. Linewater Binghamton       
1977-78 ^  James R. DeWitt  Geneseo      
1978-79  Francis Demyan  Potsdam      
1979-80  Neil Moore  Fredonia      
1980-81  Stan VanGundy  Brockport      
1981-82  Donald Brenner  Fredonia      
1982-83  Peter Szabadhegy  Binghamton      
1983-84  Stephan Laperriere  Potsdam 1983-84*  Jenny Willink Oneonta 
1984-85  Thomas Pillari  Binghamton 1984-85  Michele Stiles  Univ. Buffalo
1985-86  Amir Alishahi  Oneonta 1985-86  Patricia Looney  Cortland
1986-87  Michael Kopp  Oneonta 1986-87  Sue Lind  Geneseo
1987-88  Raul Martynek  Binghamton 1987-88  Kathy Kane  Plattsburgh
1988-89  Jonathan Buhner  Oswego 1988-89  Melissa Cohen  Binghamton
1989-90  Bret Johantgen  Fredonia 1989-90  Victoria Mitchell  Cortland
1990-91  Thomas Van de Water  Geneseo 1990-91  Kelly Ellis  Brockport
1991-92  Art Gunther  Binghamton 1991-92  Amy L. Donner  Buffalo St
1992-93  Jeff Merrill  Binghamton 1992-93  Neomie Friedman
Denise O'Connell
Buffalo St
1993-94  Jeff Winden  Fredonia 1993-94 #  Carol Merchant  Cortland
1994-95  Edward Curry  Geneseo 1994-95  Keena Bush  Geneseo
1995-96  Doug Premo  Cortland 1995-96  Dani Innerst  Cortland
1996-97  Thomas Cordaro  Fredonia 1996-97  Megan Mackey  Geneseo
1997-98  Tom Massey  Brockport 1997-98  Rebecca Tucker  Brockport
1998-99  Josh Muldner  Geneseo 1998-99  Jessica Allen  Plattsburgh
1999-00  Mitchell Waters  Oneonta 1999-00  Jessica Nadolny  New Paltz
2000-01  Matthew Aboudara  Fredonia 2000-01  Cara Jacobson  Oswego
2001-02  Niklas Sundberg  Plattsburgh 2001-02  Melissa White  Geneseo
2002-03  Jonathan Amoia  New Paltz 2002-03  Lizbeth Oppenheimer  Oneonta
2003-04  Paul Weismann
Luke Kitchen
2003-04  Carrie Santore  Brockport
2004-05  Kyle Hauptfleisch  Oneonta 2004-05  Lindsey Marranca
Jodie Schoppmann
2005-06  Adam Hass  Cortland 2005-06  Andrienne Jackson-Buckner  Oneonta
2006-07  Scott Horsington  Fredonia 2006-07 Michelle Coombs
Christy Finke
 New Paltz
2007-08  Rob Maxwell  Brockport 2007-08  Liz Montgomery  Geneseo
2008-09  Joshua Wake  Oneonta 2008-09  Julia Hopson  Fredonia
2009-10  Nick Guarino  Fredonia 2009-10 Sandra Goettleman   Geneseo
2010-11 Nick Guarino Fredonia 2010-11 Michelle Milkovich Geneseo   
2011-12    Jonathon Whitelaw    Oswego    2011-12 Sarah Ficarro Fredonia
2012-13 Spencer Lefort Fredonia 2012-13 Lucia Meola Cortland   
2013-14 Jack Caradonna Geneseo 2013-14 Rachel Malone Brockport
2014-15 Gordon Lyons Geneseo 2014-15 Madeline Scozzie Cortland

* First year awarded
^ Changed Name to Dr. Sam Molnar Award
# Changed Name to Dr. Dolores Bogard Award