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NCAA awards over $500,000 in grants to 7 schools

Funding will support academic programs to help student-athletes graduate

The NCAA has awarded more than $500,000 in grants to seven Division I schools to support academic programs that help student-athletes earn their degrees.

The recipients of the Accelerating Academic Success Program initiative grants include:

  • Saint Peter’s University ($100,000).
  • University of South Carolina Upstate ($100,000).
  • The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley ($100,000).
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore ($97,257).
  • Bethune-Cookman University ($76,941).
  • Idaho State University ($20,811).
  • University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff ($11,356).  

The grants help schools improve the academic success of their student-athletes by supporting their 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. Previous recipients of the grants have used the funds to provide laptops that student-athletes can take on the road to keep up on lectures, or to improve facilities to give student-athletes more space for study halls.

Schools eligible to apply for the program are Division I institutions that are not in the Football Bowl Subdivision and whose resources − as determined by per capita institutional expenditures, athletics department funding and Pell Grant aid − rank among the division’s bottom 10 percent. Also eligible are institutions in non-FBS conferences in which at least 60 percent of the schools in that conference are in the bottom 10 percent of resources of active Division I members.

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