A total of 707 student-athletes have been recognized for their academic achievements by being named Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) Scholar-Athletes for the 2017-18 academic season. 
Out of the 707, 46 were from Peru State which matches the most the Bobcats have had honored since joining the Heart. The 13 reporting institutions averaged almost 55 honorees, with three programs boasting at least 70 academic standouts. The 2017-18 total was nearly 100 more than the previous calendar year.
In order to qualify for this honor, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.40 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), have accumulated at least 60 semester hours, at least five semesters, and attended the nominating institution for at least two semesters prior to being nominated.
The student-athletes must also be a varsity competitor having made a significant contribution to their respective team and school.
Grand View led the way in total scholar-athletes with 79 nominees, followed by Culver-Stockton with 76, and Graceland with 70. Peru State's 46 is a great number considering the College offers the fewest sports in the Heart.