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NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Program

The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women. 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 grants of $7,500 each are awarded for fall sports, winter sports and spring sports. Each sports season (fall, winter and spring), there are 29 scholarships available for men and 29 scholarships available for women. The scholarships are one-time, non-renewable grants.


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, as well as campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership, are evaluated.  An equitable approach is employed in reviewing each applicant's nomination form to provide opportunity to all student-athlete nominees 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 in an accredited graduate degree program.


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.   

FARs or FAR designees must nominate qualified student-athletes using the Postgraduate Scholarship Online Submission System.  In total, there are five sections to be completed.  Additionally, FARs must ensure that the nominee’s transcripts are sent to the NCAA national office.  Emails will be sent from the online system to the student-athlete and three individuals for recommendations.  The emails are generated after the FAR submits his or her nomination section.

Nomination Sections

1.      FAR nomination- includes a formal recommendation for the nominee.

2.      Student-athlete section- to be completed by the nominee, which includes a formal personal statement.

3.      Head coach recommendation.

4.      Athletics administrator recommendation.

5.      Professor recommendation. 

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


Contact the NCAA regarding this program