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 member of the varsity team 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. Institutions 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, an award recipient may not use more than one NCAA award for postgraduate studies.  Foreign 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 and for coordinating the completion and submission of the nomination.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 before the sport season's submission deadline.

Online Submission System - The FAR or FAR designee must use the NCAA ID and password to gain access to the online nomination submission system.  Please see "FAR Instructions" for more details.

  • The FAR or FAR designee may save the nomination and complete it at a later time or submit via the online nomination system.
  • Once the FAR or FAR designee selects to submit the nomination, the following takes place:
    1. The system generates a no-reply confirmation e-mail message to the FAR including a link so progress of completion of the other sections of the nomination may be monitored and viewed. FARs and student-athletes can also log in to determine if the student-athlete is an award finalist and recipient.
       
    2. The system generates no-reply e-mail messages to the student-athlete, the head coach, the athletics administrator and the academic professor. Each of these individuals must complete and submit their portion of the online nomination in order for the nomination to be considered complete.  It is the responsibility of the FAR to monitor the nomination process to ensure all individuals have submitted their sections.
  • The FAR or FAR designee requests the student-athlete's official transcript(s) be sent preferably by electronic mail to lthomas@ncaa.org or by mail to the NCAA national office.  Faxed copies of transcripts will not be accepted.
  • Updates of awards and honors earned by the student-athlete after the deadline and before final selections, as well as final statistics, should be e-mailed immediately to the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship liaison at the NCAA national office.  Please include the student-athlete's name, sport and institution in the message.  
     
  • When submitting a nomination for cross country, indoor track and field, or outdoor track and field, please remember that these are three separate sports.  Separate nomination packets must be submitted for each sport.  Awards for any of these sports may not be included on nominations for other sport(s).
     

The NCAA national office mailing address is:
NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Program

P.O. Box 6222

Indianapolis, Indiana 46206-6222
 

The NCAA national office overnight delivery address is:
NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Program

1802 Alonzo Watford Sr. Drive

Indianapolis, Indiana  46202-6222

 


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 15, 2014

WINTER
Men's: Basketball, Fencing, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Rifle, Skiing, Swimming and Diving, Indoor Track and Field and Wrestling
Women's: Basketball, Bowling, Fencing, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Rifle, Skiing, Swimming and Diving and Indoor Track and Field
Winter sports nomination deadline: MARCH 31, 2014

SPRING
Men's: Baseball, Golf, Lacrosse, Tennis, Outdoor Track and Field and Volleyball
Women's: Golf, Lacrosse, Rowing, Sand Volleyball, Softball, Tennis, Outdoor Track and Field and Water Polo.
Spring sports nomination deadline: JUNE 1, 2014

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 academically accredited graduate or professional school. For more information on accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, please visithttp://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html for more information.

The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship funds are intended to be used only toward expenses associated with graduate courses that apply toward completion of the graduate degree program.

  • Full-time enrollment. If the award recipient chooses to enroll as a full-time graduate student (as determined by the graduate institution), he or she must be accepted for matriculation into a graduate degree program of an academically accredited graduate or professional school within three years from the fall semester after selection. For example, an award recipient from the 2013-14 academic year has until August 31, 2017, to use the award. The full $7,500 will be distributed to the institution once the completed original certification of graduate school enrollment form has been received at the NCAA national office.
  • 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 of an academically accredited graduate or professional school 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 at the NCAA national office. The remaining half ($3,750) will be distributed when the second certification of graduate school enrollment form that indicates the award recipient has six (6) hours or fewer remaining to complete his or her graduate degree has been completed and received by the NCAA National Office. 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 immediately upon the NCAA National Office's receipt of a completed second certification of enrollment form indicating that the award recipient status has changed.

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 academically accredited institution, he or she is entitled to use any funds remaining of the NCAA award at the institution or program to which the individual transfers, as long as the student enrolls in a graduate degree program of an academically accredited graduate or professional school. Upon certification of enrollment at the subsequent institution, the NCAA will issue the remaining funds received from the original institution from which the student transferred.

It is the award recipient's responsibility to keep the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship liaison updated 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 29 male awardees and five alternates and 29 female awardees and five alternates each sports season. 

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.     

Alternate award recipients are notified at the same time notification letters are sent to award recipients.  When the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship liaison is notified that an award recipient will not use his or her award, an alternate (in order) is notified an award is available for use.  An NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship may not be used to pay student loans, it may be used toward postgraduate study at an academically accredited graduate or professional institution.

NOTIFICATION PROCESS

FARs and nominees may log into the online system to determine if the nominee is an award recipient after the final selection committee meeting.  Please see the scholarship process calendar for selection meeting dates.  FARs and nominees should use the link contained in the e-mails sent by the online system.