INDIANAPOLIS - The Arkansas Tech Department of Athletics has been named one of the finalists for the Division II Award of Excellence as a result of this year's "Pack Shack" initiative, where student-athletes joined student body and community members to pack 40,000 meals for the local community.

It is the fifth consecutive year that Arkansas Tech has been named the Great American Conference's representative for the award.

Nineteen schools and two conferences have been named finalists, an honor recognizing campus and community engagement efforts over the past year.

Division II annually honors its members for leading events that exemplify any of the six Division II attributes: learning, balance, resourcefulness, sportsmanship, passion and service. A committee of athletics administrators determined this year's finalists, and the Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will select the winner, which will be announced during the Division II business session at the 2018 NCAA Convention on Jan. 20 in Indianapolis.

Each finalist will receive $500. The winner will receive $1,500 and a nationally televised football or basketball game during the 2018-19 season. The first runner-up will receive $1,250, and the second runner-up will receive $1,000. All prize money is intended to be used for future community engagement activities.