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Woman of the Year Selection Guidelines

The Committee on Women’s Athletics understands that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted student-athletes both in the cancellation of all remaining 2020 winter and spring championships and in modifications to the academic year by most member schools. These factors will be taken into consideration for the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year nomination cycle. As a reminder, the Woman of the Year Selection Committee and the Committee on Women’s Athletics will review and consider achievements, honors and special recognitions from throughout the nominee’s time as a student-athlete.

The selection committee will determine the top 10 honorees in each division and the top three honorees in each division using the guidelines outlined below. The Committee on Women’s Athletics also will follow these guidelines when evaluating nominees from Divisions I, II and III and when selecting the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year winner.

Scoring for the academic achievement section is based on the undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of the nominee. NCAA staff will score the athletics excellence section. The selection committee will score only the service/leadership section and the personal statement.

Personal statement — 10% of total score, using a scale of 1 to 5.

The nominee should describe in 500 words or fewer how her experiences as a scholar, an athlete and a leader on her campus and in her community have influenced her life and empowered her to have a positive impact on the world. While the personal statement is intended to address the nominee’s overall experience, the nominee may use a portion of her statement to describe how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted her.

The personal statement is an opportunity to highlight significant successes, experiences and challenges that have been instrumental in the nominee’s overall growth and development. Nominees are encouraged to highlight accomplishments that may not be reflected in the rating scales (for example, engaging in a scholarly research project, having an impact on girls and women through a service project, or earning the opportunity to compete on a national team).

5: The nominee eloquently explains her experiences as a student-athlete using poignant examples to illustrate her significant growth and development. She provides insightful analysis of and appreciation for how she can have a positive impact on the world.

4: The nominee effectively explains her experiences as a student-athlete using appropriate examples to illustrate her growth and development. She provides a perceptive understanding of how she can have a positive impact on the world.

3: The nominee communicates her experiences as a student-athlete using multiple examples to illustrate her growth and development. She presents a clear understanding of how she can have a positive impact on the world.

2: The nominee communicates her experiences as a student-athlete using at least one example to make a connection to her growth and development. She offers a basic understanding of how she can have a positive impact on the world.

1: The nominee lists some of her experiences as a student-athlete and refers in some way to how she can have a positive impact on the world. 

Service and leadership — 30% of total score, using a scale of 1 to 5.

A chart has been designed to present an organizational picture of the nominee’s service and leadership involvement. The nominee should list community service, campus and leadership activities, including any special recognitions, accomplishments or leadership positions, dates of participation and a brief description of activities performed or responsibilities. If the COVID-19 pandemic affected the nominee’s planned 2020 service, campus or leadership activities, that may be noted in the chart.

5: The nominee engages consistently in extensive service and leadership activities that impact the campus, community and/or regional or national levels. The nominee makes the most of opportunities presented to her by taking on key roles and is creative and innovative in seeking out meaningful service and leadership opportunities.

4: The nominee engages consistently in service and leadership activities and plays a significant role in impacting the campus and community in a meaningful way.

3: The nominee is involved consistently in service and leadership activities that positively affect her campus.

2: The nominee is involved in some service and leadership activities at various points in her collegiate career.

1: The nominee is involved in a few service or leadership activities that are mostly one-time or short-term events.

Academic achievement — 30% of total score, using a scale of 1 to 5.

Score is based on undergraduate cumulative GPA.

5: 3.90-4.00 GPA

4: 3.70-3.89 GPA

3: 3.50-3.69 GPA 

2: 3.30-3.49 GPA  

1: 3.00-3.29 GPA 

Nominees must have a minimum GPA of 2.50 to be eligible to be nominated; however, a GPA of 3.00 or higher is needed to score points for academic achievement. 

Please note that the nominee has the opportunity to emphasize significant academic achievements in her personal statement and in the academic achievement section.

Athletics excellence — 30% of total score, using a scale of 1 to 5.

Score is based on the nominee’s highest honor of all listed athletics accomplishments. Nominees should include all 2019-20 athletics honors and awards received to date. Nominees should list with an asterisk any applicable individual or team honors that were not awarded or finalized due to the COVID-19 pandemic (for example, named as one of three finalists for 2020 player of the year; player of the year honor was not awarded). 

5: Team or individual national champion; first-team athletics All-America honors.

4: Athletics All-America honors other than first team.

3: Regional All-America honors; team or individual conference champion; first-team athletics all-conference honors.

2: Athletics all-conference honors other than first team.

1: Multisport varsity letter.

All-America honors must be awarded by the sport’s coaches association or a nationally recognized awards association for the sport (for example, the Associated Press).