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Jim McKay Scholarship Program

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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. Please read the information below 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.

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.

Nominating Instructions:

The faculty athletics representative (FAR) or chief academic officer should complete the application not later thanJanuary 15, 2015.

  1. Only the faculty athletics representative or the chief academic officer at the NCAA member institution in which the nominee is or was a varsity student-athlete shall make nominations.
  2. There is no limit to the number of qualified candidates that an institution can nominate.
  3. The documents described below must be completed online by the student-athlete and the faculty athletics representative or chief academic officer:
    1. The application form, to be completed online by the student-athlete and the faculty athletics representative or chief academic officer of the nominating institution;
    2. A personal essay outlining the nominee’s short and long-term goals, explaining the relationship of the proposed postgraduate study to these goals and describing the student-athlete’s personal and intellectual development, including the role played in this development by intercollegiate athletics. This statement shall be authored by the nominee;
    3. Factual lists of: 1) principal activities while in college [excluding community activities], 2) athletics honors while in college [including athletics records, prizes, scholarships and offices held] 3) academic honors while in college and 4) principle involvement in community activities with dates while in college. For the community activities list, please indicate the number of hours per week, weeks per year and the number of years of involvement. If you are referencing an activity by its formal name, please provide a brief explanation of the project. Please do not substitute a resume in lieu of these lists and please do not include any one item on more than one list;
  4. Four recommendations, one of which must be from a faculty member teaching in the discipline of the nominee’s baccalaureate degree and one from a person in a position to judge the nominee’s contribution to intercollegiate athletics. Enter only the e-mail addresses into the online system.

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

2014

Bryan Baumgartner, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Kimberly Borza, University of Pennsylvania

2013

Jonathan Gault, Dartmouth College

Kaitlin Morse, Southeastern Louisiana University

2012

Michael Hoag, Wake Forest University

Adrienne Lerner, University of Pennsylvania