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NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship program

The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually.  The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are at least in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition.

The one-time non-renewable scholarships of $7,500 are awarded three times a year corresponding to each sport season (fall, winter and spring).  Each sports season there are 29 scholarships available for men and 29 scholarships available for women for use in an accredited graduate program.

Mission Statement

The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship was created in 1964 to promote and encourage postgraduate education by rewarding the Association's most accomplished student-athletes through their participation in NCAA championship and/or emerging sports. Athletics and academic achievements, campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership are evaluated.  An equitable approach is employed in reviewing an applicant's nomination form to provide all student-athlete nominees an opportunity to receive the postgraduate award, regardless of sport, division, gender or race.  In maintaining the highest broad-based standards in the selection process, the program aims to reward those individuals whose dedication and effort are reflective of those characteristics necessary to succeed and thrive through postgraduate study.

Overview of Nomination Process

The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship nomination is submitted by the faculty athletics representative (FAR) or by a FAR designee.  It is the responsibility of the FAR or FAR designee to ensure all sections of the nomination are submitted to the NCAA national office not later than the corresponding sport season deadlines.   

FARs or FAR designees must nominate qualified student-athletes using the application in the Program Hub.   System-generated emails will be sent to the student-athlete to notify him or her they have been nominated.  Recommendation emails are generated after the student-athlete submits his or her application section.

Application Sections

  1. FAR nomination.
  2. Student-athlete section:  To be completed by the nominee; which includes a formal personal statement.
  3. Letters of Recommendation:
  • FAR or FAR Designee.
  • Coach or someone in the position to judge the student-athletes contribution to intercollegiate athletics.
  • Someone in the position to speak to his or her collegiate service and leadership.
  • A professor teaching in the discipline of the student-athlete’s baccalaureate degree.

Please note: All recommendations should be viewed as formal recommendations for the nominee.

Postgraduate Scholarship Nomination and Selection Information

Who is Eligible?

Student-athletes at an active NCAA member institution who:

  • Are at least in their final season of NCAA athletics eligibility or will not be using any remaining athletics eligibility.
  • Have an overall undergraduate minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.200 (based on a 4.000 scale) or its equivalent, including all undergraduate hours earned at all undergraduate institutions attended. The grade-point average may not include any graduate-level hours.
  • Have performed with distinction as a varsity team member in the sport in which the student-athlete is being nominated.  The degree of the student-athlete's athletics achievement will be weighed in conjunction with academic performance, institutional involvement and volunteer community service. In particular, nominators and individuals submitting recommendations should note participation in activities in which the student-athlete serves as an example to other students and demonstrates leadership qualities.
  • Intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree and enroll in a graduate degree program on a part- or full-time basis at an academically accredited graduate or degree-granting professional school. An academic professor of the institution in which the student-athlete is currently enrolled must address the capability of the student-athlete for graduate study.
  • Are outstanding citizens and excellent role models for the institution and intercollegiate athletics as a whole.

Please note:  Student-athletes attending a provisional member institution are not permitted to be nominated.  Additionally, a scholarship recipient may not use more than one NCAA scholarship award for postgraduate studies. International student-athletes are eligible to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

How can I be nominated?

Student-athletes must be nominated by the institution's Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) or a FAR designee (preferably an individual in academics).

The FAR or FAR designee is responsible for determining the student-athlete's eligibility to be nominated.  Each NCAA member institution may nominate no more than five student-athletes per gender, per season. The nomination and supporting information will be accepted only when it is submitted on or before the sport season's submission deadline.

The FAR or FAR designee must use Program Hub to gain access to the online nomination submission system.  You must create a profile before you are able to nominate. 

When should I be nominated?

There are three nomination periods each academic year based on sport seasons. The seasonal sports breakdown is listed below. Emerging sports are in italics. Remember: cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field are separate sports.

FALL

  • Men's: Cross Country, Football, Soccer and Water Polo
  • Women's: Cross Country, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Rugby, Soccer and Volleyball

Fall sports nomination deadline: JANUARY 30, 2015

WINTER

  • Men's: Basketball, Fencing, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Indoor Track and Field, Rifle, Skiing, Swimming and Diving and Wrestling
  • Women's: Basketball, Bowling, Fencing, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Indoor Track and Field, Rifle, Skiing and Swimming and Diving.

Winter sports nomination deadline: MARCH 30, 2015

SPRING

  • Men's: Baseball, Golf, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track and Field, Tennis and Volleyball
  • Women's: Golf, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track and Field, Rowing, Sand Volleyball, Softball, Tennis and Water Polo.

Spring sports nomination deadline: JUNE 1, 2015

Two Ways for Award Recipients to Use Their NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

It is understood that the recipient has completed intercollegiate eligibility and/or competition in the sport for which the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship was received. The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship liaison at the NCAA national office must be notified immediately if the award recipient's athletics eligibility status changes. If compliance with these requirements is not followed, the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship may be forfeited. The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship may not be used until all athletics competition has ceased.

Award recipients must be accepted into a graduate degree-granting program at an accredited graduate or professional school. For more information on accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, please visit http://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html for more information.

The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship funds should be used only toward expenses associated with graduate courses that apply toward individual’s graduate degree program.

  • Full-time enrollment. If the award recipient chooses to enroll as a full-time graduate student (determined by the graduate institution), he or she must be accepted for matriculation within three years from the fall semester after scholarship selection.  For example, an award recipient from the 2014-15 academic year has until August 31, 2018, to use the award. The full $7,500 is distributed to the institution once the completed original certification of graduate school enrollment form has been received by the NCAA national office liaison.
  • Part-time enrollment. If an award recipient chooses to enroll as a part-time graduate student (as determined by the graduate institution), he or she must be accepted for matriculation into a graduate degree program within three years from the fall semester after selection. Half ($3,750) of the scholarship funds will be distributed to the institution at the onset of enrollment once the completed original certification of graduate school enrollment form has been received by the NCAA national office liaison. The remaining half ($3,750) will be distributed when the second certification of graduate school enrollment form has been completed and received by the NCAA national office liaison. If the award recipient's enrollment status changes from part-time to full-time during the three years after the date of selection, the remaining $3,750 will be distributed upon the NCAA national office liaison receiving a completed second certification of enrollment form indicating the status change.

The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship must be used to pay expenses of the student's postgraduate education to include such related activities as research and teaching.  Other expenses include, but are not limited to, tuition, fees, room and board (including off-campus housing), required course-related supplies, and books. NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships may be used at foreign universities.

If the student withdraws from the graduate degree program before the entire award has been used, the unused portion of the scholarship is to be refunded to the NCAA national office for return to the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship fund.

If the student transfers to another accredited institution, he or she is entitled to use any funds remaining of the scholarship at the transfer institution or program.  Upon certification of enrollment at the transfer institution, the NCAA will issue the remaining funds received from the student’s original institution.

It is the scholarship recipient's responsibility to update the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship liaison with current address and contact information.

Selection Process

Nominations are initially reviewed by seven regional selection committees. (see below for the regional breakdown). The regional selection committees forward finalists to the Postgraduate Scholarship Committee for its review. The Postgraduate Scholarship Committee selects each sports season 29 male awardees and five alternates and 29 female awardees.

Region 1:    Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Region 2:    Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Region 3:    District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

Region 4:    Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Region 5:    Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota. 

Region 6:    Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas.

Region 7:    Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

How to Nominate for the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

FARs Click here for Nomination Guide

Overview

The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship nomination is to be submitted by the faculty athletics representative (FAR) or by a FAR designee.  It is the responsibility of the FAR or FAR designee to ensure all sections of the nomination are submitted to the NCAA national office not later than the sport season deadlines below.  

Fall sports:  JANUARY 30, 2015

Winter sports:  MARCH 30, 2015

Spring sports:  JUNE 1, 2015

FARs or FAR designees must nominate qualified student-athletes using the application in the Program Hub.   System-generated emails will be sent to the student-athlete to notify him or her they have been nominated.  Recommendation emails are generated after the student-athlete submits his or her application section. 

Application Sections

  1. FAR nomination.  
  2. Student-athlete section:  To be completed by the nominee; which includes a formal personal statement.
  3. Letters of Recommendation:
  • FAR or FAR Designee.
  • Coach or someone in the position to judge the student-athletes contribution to intercollegiate athletics.
  • Someone in the position to speak to his or her collegiate service and leadership.
  • A professor teaching in the discipline of the student-athlete’s baccalaureate degree.

Please note:  All recommendations should be viewed as formal recommendations for the nominee.

 Online Instructions

  • The FAR initiates the process by logging into the Program Hub by input of the student-athlete’s first and last name and email address.  NOTE:  The student-athlete must use the exact same email address the FAR or FAR designee enters in the nomination to complete his or her application.
  • The student-athlete will each receive an email with a link to instructions and the online system to log in and complete his or her application.
  • Each NCAA member institution may nominate not more than five student-athletes per gender, per sport season.
  • The FAR must provide a formal recommendation for the nominee.  The FAR will receive an email with a link and instructions to complete his or her recommendation AFTER the student-athlete has submitted his or her application. 
  • The FAR may check the nomination status by clicking on the applications tab, applications I’ve applied for and locating the student-athlete’s name.
  • A confirmation email will be generated by the online system when the student-athlete submits his or her application.

How to Apply for the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Student-Athletes Click here for Application Guide

Overview

The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship nomination is to be submitted by the Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) or by a FAR designee.  It is the responsibility of the student-athlete and FAR or FAR designee to ensure all sections of the nomination are submitted to the NCAA national office not later than the sport season deadlines.  

The sport season deadlines are as follows: 

Fall sports:  JANUARY 30, 2015

Winter sports:  MARCH 30, 2015

Spring sports:  JUNE 1, 2015

FARs or FAR designees must nominate qualified student-athletes using the application in the Program Hub.   System-generated emails will be sent to the student-athlete to notify him or her they have been nominated.  Recommendation emails are generated after the student-athlete submits his or her application section.

Application Sections

  1. FAR nomination.
  2. Student-athlete section:  To be completed by the nominee; which includes a formal personal statement.
  3. Letters of Recommendation:
  • FAR or FAR Designee.
  • Coach or someone in the position to judge the student-athletes contribution to intercollegiate athletics.
  • Someone in the position to speak to his or her collegiate service and leadership.
  • A professor teaching in the discipline of the student-athlete’s baccalaureate degree.

Please note:  All recommendations should be viewed as formal recommendations for the nominee.

Online Instructions

  • The nomination is initiated by your FAR or FAR designee.  You may contact your FAR to discuss the nomination process.  
  • Student-athletes receive an email with a link to log in to the online system and submit their portion of the nomination.  Log in to the system using the exact email address to which the email message was sent.  This email address is initially provided by your FAR or FAR designee when the nomination is started.
  • Student-athletes may complete and save his or her application as they go along; however the system will time-out after approximately 30 minutes of inactivity.
  • Student-athletes must upload official transcripts to complete the application.  Official transcripts can be scanned and uploaded to the system as a .pdf document.  You must upload all transcripts at one time.  Please ensure the transcripts reflect ALL undergraduate work.
  • Student-athletes complete four factual lists:
  • Athletic Honors/Awards:   List conference, regional, state and national honors/awards received ONLY for the sport in which the student-athlete is being nominated.  Please include such athletic honors from all undergraduate institutions the student-athlete attended.  Do not list statistical data.
  • Academic Honors/Awards:  Specify the organization granting the award.
  • Collegiate Volunteer and Service Activities:  Do not include course and degree activities such as student teaching or clinicals.
  • Other Collegiate Sponsored Activities:  Include academic year paid employment.
  • You may check the status of your nomination by using the application tab at the top of the form.
  • Student-athletes must work with the FAR or FAR designee to ensure that all sections are completed and transcript(s) are uploaded.

How to Endorse for the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Coach/Athletics Contribution Click here for Endorser Guide

Overview

The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship nomination is to be submitted by the FAR or by a FAR designee.  It is the responsibility of the FAR or FAR designee to ensure all sections of the nomination are submitted to the NCAA national office not later than the sport season deadlines.  

The sport season deadlines are as follows: 

Fall sports:  JANUARY 30, 2015

Winter sports:  MARCH 30, 2015

Spring sports:  JUNE 1, 2015

FARs or FAR designees must nominate qualified student-athletes using the application in the Program Hub.   System-generated emails will be sent to the student-athlete to notify him or her they have been nominated.  Recommendation emails are generated after the student-athlete submits his or her application section.

Nomination Sections

  1. You will receive an email Program Hub with a link to use to log in and submit your recommendation. 
  2. In order to submit your letter of recommendation, you must create a profile using the exact email address used by the student-athlete. If not you will be unable to complete your letter of recommendation.
  3. Click here for instructions on how to complete a letter of recommendation.

Please note:  all recommendations should be viewed as formal recommendations for the nominee.

How to Endorse for the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Service or Leadership Click here for Endorser Guide

Overview

The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship nomination is to be submitted by the FAR or by a FAR designee.  It is the responsibility of the FAR or FAR designee to ensure all sections of the nomination are submitted to the NCAA national office not later than the sport season deadlines.  

The sport season deadlines are as follows: 

Fall sports:  JANUARY 30, 2015

Winter sports:  MARCH 30, 2015

Spring sports:  JUNE 1, 2015

FARs or FAR designees must nominate qualified student-athletes using the application in the Program Hub.   System-generated emails will be sent to the student-athlete to notify him or her they have been nominated.  Recommendation emails are generated after the student-athlete submits his or her application section.

Nomination Sections

  1. You will receive an email Program Hub with a link to use to log in and submit your recommendation. 
  2. In order to submit your letter of recommendation, you must create a profile using the exact email address used by the student-athlete. If not you will be unable to complete your letter of recommendation.
  3. Click here for instructions on how to complete a letter of recommendation.

Please note: All recommendations should be viewed as formal recommendations for the nominee.

How to Endorse for the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Professor Click here for Endorser Guide

Overview

The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship nomination is to be submitted by the FAR or by a FAR designee.  It is the responsibility of the FAR or FAR designee to ensure all sections of the nomination are submitted to the NCAA national office not later than the sport season deadlines.  

The sport season deadlines are as follows: 

Fall sports:  JANUARY 30, 2015

Winter sports:  MARCH 30, 2015

Spring sports:  JUNE 1, 2015

FARs or FAR designees must nominate qualified student-athletes using the application in the Program Hub.   System-generated emails will be sent to the student-athlete to notify him or her they have been nominated.  Recommendation emails are generated after the student-athlete submits his or her application section.

Nomination Sections

  1. You will receive an email Program Hub with a link to use to log in and submit your recommendation. 
  2. In order to submit your letter of recommendation, you must create a profile using the exact email address used by the student-athlete. If not you will be unable to complete your letter of recommendation.
  3. Click here for instructions on how to complete a letter of recommendation.

Please note:  all recommendations should be viewed as formal recommendations for the nominee.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Postgraduate Scholarship

Q.  There is a student-athlete I want to nominate using the Program Hub, do I have to complete a profile or is that just for the student-athlete?

A.  Yes, you must create a profile before you can nominate the student-athlete.  The mandatory sections are marked with an asterisk.

Q.  There is a three-sport (cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field) student-athlete at our institution, and we would like to nominate her in all three sports.  Is that ok?

A.  You should determine the student-athlete's best sport and nominate her in her final season of eligibility or competition for that sport.  If she is equally successful in all three sports and as long as it is her final season of playing eligibility, she may be nominated in the fall for cross country, in the winter for indoor track and field, and in the spring for outdoor track and field.  However, she will be awarded only one NCAA scholarship.

You may not include awards earned for cross country on nominations for indoor or outdoor track and field, you may not include awards for indoor track and field on nominations for cross country or outdoor track and field, and you may not include awards for outdoor track and field on nominations for cross country or indoor track and field.

If she is selected as a scholarship recipient in the fall, you must notify the NCAA national office to pull her nomination for winter sports. If she is not selected as scholarship recipient in the fall, but is selected as scholarship recipient in the winter, you must notify the NCAA national office liaison to withdraw her spring sports nomination.

 Q. I would like to nominate a football player this fall, but his GPA is 3.199.  Can I still nominate him?

A. The minimum grade-point average must be not lower than 3.200 on a 4.000 scale. The grade-point average must include all undergraduate hours. Graduate level hours may not be included.

 Q.  I have a student-athlete who has eligibility remaining, but she graduated last spring.  Her GPA at the time of graduation was 3.140, so she missed the minimum GPA requirement to be nominated for an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.  She will be enrolled full time in a graduate program in the fall but has one year remaining.  Can she be nominated next year if her cumulative GPA rises above the required 3.200 due to her graduate grades?

A.  Her cumulative grade-point average must include grades only from her undergraduate studies.

Q. What needs to be sent to the NCAA now that the process is online?

A.  All information must be included in the online Program Hub application.  All parts of the application must be complete before it can be submitted.

 Q.  I submitted a baseball student-athlete's nomination before the deadline.  He has earned additional honors and awards.  How can I add this information to his original nomination?

A.  Send an email message including the student-athlete's name, institution and sport to the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship liaison at the NCAA national office.  Additional information should be a concise summary about all additional honors or awards.  Press releases are not considered a concise summary.  The additional information will be printed and added to the original nomination up to two days prior to the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee selection meeting.

 Q.  We now have final statistics for the basketball student-athlete nominated from our institution.  How can I add them to her original nomination?

A.  Send an email message including the student-athlete's name and institution with the final statistics to the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship liaison at the NCAA national office.  The final statistics will be printed and added to the original nomination up to two days prior to the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee selection meeting.

Q.  At our institution, we view the running sports as one.  One of our top runners, who has earned All-American status in cross country, is eligible to be nominated for outdoor track and field.  Why can't I list that award on her nomination?

A.  Cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field are three separate sports, and each has its own NCAA championship.  The regional selection committees and the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee do not consider awards and honors from another sport when reviewing nominations.

Q.  Last season, our quarterback was told by doctors not to play football again due to an injury.  Can he be nominated this fall since he will not be able to play his senior year?

A.  Yes.  A student-athlete may be nominated even if he/she has eligibility remaining provided the student-athlete will no longer be using his remaining eligibility due to the injury.

Q.  A runner at my institution will graduate in May after only three years.  Can she be nominated in her final year even if she has eligibility that can be used in graduate school?

A.  Yes, she may be nominated in her final year provided she does not use the remaining eligibility in graduate school.  If she will be using the remaining eligibility and competing in her first year of graduate school, she must be nominated the year she is completing the eligibility.

Q.  I will nominate a transfer softball student-athlete.  Her transferred hours appear on our institutions official transcript.  Is that enough?

A.  The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee and the regional selection committees want to see all of the student-athlete's grades.  If the grades from the school she transferred from do not appear on your institution's official transcript, you need to obtain an official transcript from the original institution.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding My Scholarship

 Q.  The Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) told me that I was awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.  Why wasn't I notified, and how do I get the money?

A.  After the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee selects scholarship recipients, an email notification is sent to the person from your institution who submitted the nomination and the student-athlete.  A letter, including an acceptance form and a certification of enrollment form, is then mailed to the awarded student-athlete’s address listed on the application..

 Q.  I was awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and I am ready to enroll in a master's degree program.  How do I get my scholarship?

A.  Complete the certification of enrollment form (part-time or full-time) and have the admissions officer or dean of the graduate institution certify your enrollment.  The graduate school's representative also needs to provide a complete institutional address.  Once the original, completed form arrives at the NCAA national office, your scholarship check will be issued.  The process takes approximately two to four weeks.

 Q.  I will take six credit hours this summer in a graduate degree program.  Is that considered full or part time?

A.  You must check with personnel at the graduate institution to see what is considered full and part-time status.

 Q.  There are several prerequisite courses I need to complete before beginning my master's program.  Can I use my NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship toward the pre-reqs?

A.  The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship must be used toward graduate level courses as part of a graduate degree program.

 Q.  The program I want to enter is a certificate program, not a master's degree program.  Can I use my NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship toward the certificate program?

A.  No. The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship must be used toward a graduate degree program as a full-time or part-time student.

 Q.  I am in training for the next Olympics and do not plan on attending graduate school until they are over.  Can I defer my scholarship?

A.  The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee would consider a written extension request.  In your letter state the reason for the extension and specific plans on graduate school enrollment. Once the letter is complete, please email it to the NCAA national office liaison at lthomas@ncaa.org.

 Q.  I plan to work while attending graduate school to help pay expenses.  Can I attend graduate school as a part-time student?

A.  The graduate school determines how many hours constitute part-time enrollment.  Half of your scholarship amount will be issued upon your enrollment as a part-time student and the other half will be issued when you have six hours remaining to obtain your graduate degree.  The institution must complete the second Certificate of Enrollment form and send it to the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship liaison at the NCAA national office.  If at any time you become a full-time graduate student, the balance of your award will be issued when the institution sends the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship liaison at the NCAA National Office a second Certificate of Enrollment form that verifies you are currently a full-time graduate student.

 Q.  Can my NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship be used toward expenses to obtain my teaching credential?

A.  Your NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship must be used toward a graduate-level degree program.  A teaching credential does not qualify as a graduate degree program.

 Q.  I was selected to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for cross country and will attend graduate school in the fall.  I still have eligibility to compete in track and field.  May I use my NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship while I attend graduate school and compete in track and field?

A. You may not use your NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship until all of your sports competition has ceased.

 Q.  I am enrolled in a combined BS/MS program.  Can my NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship be used toward this program?

A.  Your NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship may be used toward graduate level hours, but it may not be used toward undergraduate level hours.  The institution will be able to verify when you complete the undergraduate level hours so your NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship can be applied toward graduate level expenses.

 Q.  I will receive a fellowship from the graduate institution I plan to attend.  Can I still use my NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship?

A.  Receiving awards from sources other than the NCAA does not interfere with the guidelines to use your NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

 Q.  I am from another country and plan to earn a master's degree in my homeland.  Will I be able to use my NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship there?

A.  Your NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship may be used at an international institution, as long as you are enrolled in a graduate-level program and you will matriculate with a graduate degree.

 Q.  I received an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for football.  The next spring, I won an appeal for a medical red shirt.  Now that my eligibility status has changed, what do I need to do about my NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship?

A.  Notify the NCAA national office that your playing eligibility status has changed.  You will not be able to use your NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship until all of your athletics competition has ceased.

 Q.  Because of a family emergency, I had to drop out of the graduate program.  What happens to the unused portion of my NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship?

A.  The graduate institution where you were enrolled should return the unused portion of your scholarship to the NCAA national office, attention NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship program.  If you are able to re-enroll within the time allowed for you to use the award, the balance will be sent to the school with the graduate program where you will complete your graduate degree.  If you are unable to enroll within the time allowed to use the award, you could request an extension for additional time to use the funds.  The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee considers extension requests.