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NCAA awards over $299,000 in grants to 3 schools

Accelerating Academic Success Program designed to help student-athletes graduate

The NCAA has awarded more than $299,000 in grants to three Division I schools to support academic programs that help student-athletes earn their degrees.

Recipients of the Accelerating Academic Success Program Initiatives Grants are Fairleigh Dickinson ($100,000), Youngstown State ($100,000) and UT Martin ($99,314). All three are single-year grants.

The grants help schools improve the academic success of their student-athletes. The goal is to support the schools’ efforts to meet the requirements of the Division I Academic Performance Program, which was developed to ensure schools provide an environment that supports education while enhancing the ability of student-athletes to earn a degree.

Schools eligible to apply for the program are non-Football Bowl Subdivision schools in Division I.

The grants will be distributed and used to fund increased academic support services staffing and space; technology upgrades (software and hardware); career planning; professional development; and increased availability of summer financial aid for student-athletes. 

Each recipient can request up to $100,000 for the one-year grant. Participating schools are required to match the grant dollars with direct funds of 20% of the amount requested. 

Schools also can request Accelerating Academic Success Program Comprehensive Grants, which are a maximum of $300,000 per year for three years. Participating schools are required to match grant dollars each year of the program, with direct funds and/or in-kind contributions. The school must commit to a 25% match in the first year, 50% in the second year and 75% in the third.

“We are excited to add these three schools to the AASP family,” said Tiese Roxbury, NCAA assistant director of research, assessment and academic success. “Having them on board expands our reach, and we look forward to seeing the amazing transformations that take place over the next academic year.”

The announced awards mark the seventh round of Accelerating Academic Success Program funding distributed by the NCAA.