Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics

As a core value, the NCAA believes in and is committed to diversity, inclusion and gender equity among its student-athletes, coaches and administrators. We seek to establish and maintain an inclusive culture that fosters equitable participation for student-athletes and career opportunities for coaches and administrators from diverse backgrounds. Diversity and inclusion improves the learning environment for all student-athletes, and enhances excellence within the Association.

The NCAA will provide or enable programming and education which sustains foundations of a diverse and inclusive culture across dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to: age, rage, sex, class, creed, educational background, disability, gender expressions, geographical location, income, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation and work experiences. Programming and education will also strive to support equitable laws and practices, increase opportunities for individuals from historically underrepresented groups to participate in intercollegiate athletics at all levels, and enhance hiring practices for all athletics personnel to facilitate more inclusive leadership in intercollegiate athletics.

Overview Eligibility Application Selections Contact Us Recipients FAQs

 

Program/Grant/Scholarship Overview

The Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics programs were developed by the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics and the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee.

The goal of the enhancement programs is to increase the pool of and opportunities for qualified minority and female candidates in intercollegiate athletics through postgraduate scholarships.

The NCAA awards $7,500 to 13 scholarships to ethnic minorities and 13 scholarships to female college graduates who will be entering their initial year of postgraduate studies. The applicant must be seeking admission or have been accepted into a sports administration or other program that will help the applicant obtain a career in intercollegiate athletics, such as athletics administrator, coach, athletic trainer or other career that provides a direct service to intercollegiate athletics. 

All application materials must be submitted by December 16, 2013.  The scholarship will be for use during the 2014-15 academic year.

NCAA Career in Sports Forum   

The NCAA Career in Sports Forum (CSF) is a four-day event through which selected student-athletes and scholarship recipients will explore and be educated on careers in sports, with a primary focus on intercollegiate athletics. CSF will be provided to participants at no cost. The NCAA will cover airfare, lodging and meals during the CSF. Through the use of dual tracks, participants will examine the key functions of a coach or administrator within sports. Foundational skills such as communication, networking, recruiting, managing culture, transitioning and budgeting will be covered with participants. 

The coaching track will be conducted in a rotation of NCAA sponsored sports, with the 2014 CSF open to student-athletes (SA) who have interest in coaching the sports of: cross country/track and field, basketball, field hockey, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. The administrator track will cover the internal and externaloperations of an intercollegiate athletics department, which includes, but not limited to: academics, communications, compliance, development, event management, marketing, etc.

*** THIS PROGRAM IS MANDATORY FOR ALL ETHNIC MINORITY AND WOMEN'S ENHANCEMENT POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS.***

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Eligibility

Applicants must be seeking admission or have been accepted into a sports administration or other graduate program that will assist the applicant in obtaining a career in intercollegiate athletics (athletics administrator, coach, athletic trainer or other career that provides a direct service to intercollegiate athletics).

Applicants may not have begun any initial postgraduate studies. If the applicant has begun graduate level hours, he or she is not eligible to apply for an NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Programs' Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Applicants must have performed with distinction as a student body member at their respective undergraduate institution. The applicant's involvement in extracurricular activities, course work, commitment to pursuing a career in intercollegiate athletics and promise for success in such a career will be considered.

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Application

Interested applicants should click here to access the online application system to apply for the scholarship.  Applicants should provide email addresses for three individuals who will be asked to complete a recommendation. These three individuals (one academic advisor or athletics administrator, one department faculty, and one person entirely of your choice) will receive an email message from the online system. The message will ask each individual to complete a recommendation for you using the online system. It is your responsibility to notify the three individuals that the online system has generated a message with a link for each to complete their endorsement page for your application.

Enter only the email addresses--do not enter any additional information in these blanks or the system will not be able to send an e-mail message. It is imperative that you track your application's progress--including completion/submission of the three recommendations and receipt of your official transcript(s) at the NCAA national office. Incomplete applications will not be considered for selection..

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Selections

Selection Process

A subcommittee from the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics selects 13 award recipients, and a subcommittee from the NCAA Minorities Opportunities and Interests Committee selects 13 award recipients, for a total of 26 award recipients.

Need shall not be a factor in granting these scholarships.  An award or a fellowship from a non-NCAA source shall not preclude the applicant from being considered for an NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Programs' Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics. An award recipient may not use more than one NCAA award for postgraduate studies.

Notification Process

Each applicant who submitted an application is notified if they have been selected as an award recipient or not in February 2014.  An acceptance form and list of policies that govern the award are included with the notification letter if the applicant was an award recipient.  Notifications are sent to the address for notification entered on the application.

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Contact Us

For more information about the NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics, please contact Lori Thomas at 317/917-6683 or e-mail at lthomas@ncaa.org.

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Program/Grant/Scholarship Recipients

2012-2013 Women’s Awardees:

Ethnic Minority Awardees:

First Name

Last Name

Institution

Radiance

Basden

University of South Carolina, Columbia

Jessica

Bivins

Georgia Southwestern State University

Kelly

Curtis

Springfield College

Lynette

Fitts

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Sierra

Gant

University of Missouri, Columbia

Ashley

Hamada

Texas Tech University

Chantel

Jefferson

Texas Southern University

Katherine

Lee

University of Akron

Nicole

Okolo

Western Carolina University

Amanda

Rodriquez

Oregon State University

Elizabeth

Simonin

University of Memphis

Cornell

Sneed

East Tennessee State University

Curtis

Walker

Virginia State University

2012-2013 Women’s Awardees:

Women’s Awardees:

First Name

Last Name

Institution

Amy

Clapper

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Kayla

Conrad

University of North Florida

Brooke

Finley

University of California, Los Angeles

Amanda

Gifford

Husson University

Kelee

Grimes

Northwestern State University

Lindsay

Makowicki

University of Hartford

Jamie

Mera

University of Missouri, Columbia

Lana

Mims

University of Missouri, Columbia

Jaime

Pisani

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Danica

Saxon

East Texas Baptist University

Aiyana

Welsh

Long Beach State University

Sarah

Willey

University of North Texas

Hanna

Wiltfong

Kansas State University

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q. What is the scholarship amount?

A. Each award recipient will receive $7,500 for one year of full-time graduate study at an NCAA member institution.

Q. Is the Ethnic Minority or Women’s Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship renewable?

A. This scholarship is not renewable.

Q. Can a scholarship recipient receive more than one NCAA postgraduate scholarship?

A. The award recipient may not use more than one NCAA award for postgraduate studies.

Q. Does the scholarship recipient have to be enrolled in a full-time graduate program?

A. Each award recipient is expected to enroll as a full-time graduate student at an NCAA member institution, as defined by the graduate institution, not later than fall 2014 or spring 2015.  If circumstances arise whereby an award recipient is unable to enroll, changes the graduate program as indicated on the application or is unable to use the award during the 2014-15 academic year, the award recipient must notify the NCAA national office in writing and request a deferment or approval to use the scholarship for a different major.

Q. When will scholarship recipients receive the scholarship funds?

 A. When the completed acceptance form is sent to the NCAA national office, a check is sent to the recipient.

Q. Will the scholarship check be mailed to the scholarship recipient or the graduate institution?

A. The scholarship will be made payable to the NCAA member college or university of the recipient's choice.  The award recipient must be a full-time graduate student at all times while receiving the scholarship.

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