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NCAA Scholarships and Grants

The NCAA awards scholarships and grants for further education to athletes who demonstrate outstanding academic and athletic achievement. Member institutions are also awarded grants to improve academics and enhance campus culture.

The NCAA awards more than $10 million in scholarships and grants annually to student-athletes and member institutions, in addition to the $2.9 billion allocated by schools to fund athletics scholarships.

Additionally, the NCAA is providing $15 million in grant money over the next three years to fund a joint initiative with the U.S. Department of Defense that will include the most comprehensive study of concussion and head impact exposure ever conducted.

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Student-Athlete Awards

Since 1964, the NCAA has awarded scholarships to help college athletes pursue additional educational opportunities. Currently, more than 350 student-athletes are awarded $2.6 million in scholarships and grants annually to pursue a graduate degree or complete their undergraduate degree after they have exhausted eligibility for other athletics-related financial aid.

Jim McKay Graduate Scholarship

Walter Byers Graduate Scholarship

Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Graduate Scholarship

NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Division I Degree Completion Award

Division II Degree Completion Award

Graduate Student Research Grant Program

The Graduate Student Research Grant Program provides funding for research conducted by graduate students at NCAA-member institutions within the general topic areas of student-athlete well-being and college athletics participation.

NCAA Graduate Student Research Grant Program

Accelerating Academic Success Program

The Accelerating Academic Success Program provides funding to eligible Division I limited-resource institutions for programming and initiatives designed to support the academic success of student-athletes. 

APPLE Conference

The NCAA-sponsored APPLE Conference addresses substance abuse prevention and promotes wellness.

APPLE Conference


NCAA CHOICES grants provide funding for three-year projects that integrate athletics into the campus-wide alcohol abuse prevention effort.


Divisions II and III Diversity Grants

For more than a decade, Divisions II and III diversity grants have provided more than $20 million to fund 300 athletics administration and coaching positions for women and minorities.

Innovations in Research and Practice Grants

The Innovations in Research and Practice grants fund research designed to enhance athlete well-being and mental health.

NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant Program