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NCAA Woman of the Year Nomination and Award Process

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The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. Student- athletes are nominated only once in their career by their institution.

The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics (CWA) manages the nomination process and selections. In the past five years, nearly 700 student-athletes were nominated by their conference or independent institutions, representing multiple ethnicities and all NCAA-sponsored sports within Divisions I, II and III. In 2014 alone, 446 student-athletes were nominated by their institutions. From 2010 through 2014, an average of 451 female student-athletes per year were nominated for the award; and since the program’s inception in 1991, 2,279 women have been recognized as state or conference honorees.

Each institution is encouraged to honor its top graduating female student-athlete with this nomination and community recognition. The nomination form is completed and submitted by the institution via an online process to the conference office with which the nominee’s primary sport is affiliated. Institutions are urged to submit two nominations to their respective conference offices if at least one of the nominees is a woman of color or international student-athlete. Nominees from reclassifying institutions will be considered and evaluated in the division in which they were nominated by a conference or, for independents, the division in which they competed in their primary sport.

Key dates for nominations for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year will be coming soon. Please check back often for updates.

Upon receiving nominations from its member institutions, each conference will be responsible for assessing each nominee’s eligibility and subsequently selecting a conference nominee based on collective achievements in service, leadership, athletics and academics. Conferences may recognize two nominees if at least one of the nominees is a woman of color or international student- athlete. Conference offices should collect signature pages from their institutions for each school’s nominee(s) and should submit to the national office the signature page for their nominee(s).

Each conference office must submit its nominee(s) to the national office via a web-based form. All conference nominees will be forwarded to the Woman of the Year selection committee. The selection committee will choose the top 10 honorees in each division. From among those 30 candidates, the selection committee will determine the top three in each division. Finally, the members of the CWA will vote from among the top nine finalists to determine the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year.

For those nominees in Divisions I and II whose primary sports are unaffiliated with a conference office, nominations are submitted online. Completed nominations require the institution nominating to send to the national office a completed signature page (last page of the nomination form). Independents in these divisions will be considered among all conference nominees by the selection committee. For nominees in Division III whose primary sports are unaffiliated with a conference office, nominations are sent to the Association of Division III Independents for consideration. The Association of Division III Independents will select its nominee and notify the national office via the aforementioned web-based form by the June 19 deadline.

All honorees receive an NCAA certificate and will be recognized on NCAA.org. The top 10 honorees and the nine finalists from Divisions I, II and III will be honored and the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year winner announced at a dinner in Indianapolis October 18, 2015.

Nomination Eligibility:

  • Nominee must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2015 competitive season and received her undergraduate degree no later than the summer 2015 term.
  • Nominee must have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.500 (4.000 scale).

To be considered for the NCAA Woman of the Year award:

  • All information on the student-athlete nomination form must be complete.
  • The student-athlete nominee must include a personal statement.
  • Nominee and designated athletics department personnel (i.e., director of athletics, senior woman administrator, sports information director) must sign the institutional verification form provided within the nomination form and uploaded into the NCAA Program Hub application.
  • Videos, media guides, emailed photographs or other supplemental materials will NOT be considered by the selection committee.

Selection Guidelines:

The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee will determine the top 10 and top three honorees in each division by considering the following guidelines. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will also use these guidelines when selecting the 2015 award winner. Nominees from Divisions I, II and III will be considered equally for national awards. Incomplete nominations will not be given full consideration. Conferences are urged to use the selection guidelines when determining their nominees; however, the NCAA national office will score athletics achievement for the selection committee’s review. The selection committee will score service and leadership achievements.

Service and Leadership - 28% (maximum five points possible).
Points are based on the nominee's involvement in campus and community activities and organizations.

Academic Achievement - 28% (maximum five points possible). Points are based on undergraduate cumulative GPA. Graduate work GPA should be noted in the form.

  • 3.600 - 4.000 Cumulative GPA - 5
  • 3.300 - 3.599 Cumulative GPA - 4
  • 3.000 - 3.299 Cumulative GPA - 3
  • 2.750 - 2.999 Cumulative GPA - 2
  • 2.500 - 2.749 Cumulative GPA - 1

Athletics Excellence - 28% (maximum five points possible, scored by the national office staff).

Team Sports: basketball, bowling, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, volleyball and water polo. Individual Sports: cross country, fencing, golf, gymnastics, rifle, skiing, swimming & diving, tennis and track & field.

Please indicate any of the following:

  1. Team champion, or first-team athletic all-American, or a member of an Olympic team – 5
  2. Top-three finisher in an individual sport at an NCAA championship – 5
  3. Athletic all-America honors other than first team – 4
  4. Regional all-America honors - 3
  5. First team athletic all-conference honors or individual or team conference champion – 3
  6. Multisport letter-winner – 3
  7. Varsity letter-winner or athletic all-conference honors other than first team – 2

Personal Statement - 16% (maximum three points possible). The nominee should describe in 200 words (strictly enforced) how her community service and experiences as a scholar, an athlete, and a leader on her campus and in her community have influenced her life and shaped the person she is today.

Awards Schedule:

  • 2015 Woman of the Year nominations will open soon.
  • Member school nominations must be submitted via the NCAA Program Hub by May 29, 2015 at 5 p.m. Eastern time
  • Conference nominees/independents must be submitted to the NCAA national office via NCAA Program Hub or emailed to rzhu@ncaa.org by June 30, 2015 at 5 p.m. Eastern time
  • Top 30 honorees (10 per division) announced in August 2015
  • Top 9 (three finalists per division) announced in September 2015
  • The 2015 Woman of the Year announced October 18, 2015

For additional information, contact: Richard Zhu at (317/917-6222) or rzhu@ncaa.org.