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Jim McKay Scholarship Program

In 2008, the National Collegiate Athletic Association established the Jim McKay Scholarship Program as a means of recognizing the immense contributions and legacy of pioneer sports journalist Jim McKay.  Under this program, one male and and one female student-athlete are annually awarded a $10,000 scholarship in recognition for outstanding academic achievement and potential to make a major contribution in the sports communication industry.  McKay scholars will be recognized as having demonstrated a unique aptitude and commitment to the communications field and promises to be a future leader in the industry.  McKay scholars also will demonstrate the highest level of professional integrity, including the principles of truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness and public accountability, with the element of compassion that so infused McKay's long and storied career.

Qualifications:

To be eligible for consideration, nominees shall:

1. Have an overall undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 3.500 or better (based on a maximum 4.000), or the equivalent in other recognized grading systems;

2. Have competed in intercollegiate athletics as a member of a varsity team at an NCAA member institution;

3. Be enrolled in graduate study at an NCAA member institution or be a graduating senior committed to enrolling in a graduate degree program within five years of being named a McKay Scholar;

4. Have demonstrated a unique aptitude and commitment to the communications field with the potential to make a contribution in the sports communications industry;

5. Ascribe to the highest levels of integrity, including the principles of truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness and public accountability;

6. Have evidenced superior character and leadership;

7. Have an understanding and appreciation for the legacy of Jim McKay, his contributions to sport broadcasting and specifically his award-winning oratory on the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.

Please read the application carefully and note that only the faculty athletics representative or the chief academic officer of the institution at which the nominee is a varsity student-athlete may nominate qualified candidates.  

  • To apply, click here.

The faculty athletics representative (FAR) or chief academics officer should complete the application not later than January 15, 2014.

For more information, contact Lori Thomas at the NCAA national office at 317/917-6683 or by e-mail at lthomas@ncaa.org.

 

Jim McKay Scholarship Recipients

2013

Jonathan Gault, Dartmouth College

Kaitlin Morse, Southeastern Louisiana University

2012

Michael Hoag, Wake Forest University

Adrienne Lerner, University of Pennsylvania

2011

Chris Sabo, Hiram College

Julia Wilkinson, Texas A&M University, College Station

2010

Ana Sebescen, Coppin State University

2009

Brian Brunner, Central Michigan University

Anna Rynarzewska, Florida State University