The NCAA established the Division II Degree Completion Award Program in 2001 to provide deserving student-athletes financial assistance for them to complete their first baccalaureate degree. Candidates will be students who have exhausted their athletics eligibility and have received athletics financial aid. The selection process for the national award emphasizes the academic performance of the student-athlete. Other factors considered are financial circumstances, athletic achievement and involvement in campus and community activities.
To date, nearly $4 million has been given to approximately 1,000 deserving student-athletes. Of those student-athletes who have received the award since its inception, 94 percent have earned their undergraduate degree using this program.
Requirements for the Award
- Applicant shall be a student-athlete who has exhausted athletics eligibility at an active NCAA Division II institution within the past academic year.
- Awards are limited to student-athletes during their first 10 semesters or 15 quarters of full-time collegiate attendance.
- Applicant shall not be participating in another intercollegiate sport during the period of the award.
- Applicant must have received athletics-related financial aid from the NCAA Division II member institution.
- Applicant must be within 32 semester or 48 quarters hours of completion of his or her first undergraduate degree at the completion of the spring term.
- Applicant must have a 2.50 cumulative grade-point average.
- Applicant shall not receive any athletics aid if awarded a Division II Degree Completion Award.
- Applicant shall use the grant to complete undergraduate degree requirements from the Division II institution where the applicant last competed.
The application for the 2016-17 awards can now be accessed HERE. The deadline for applications is April 5, 2016.
The following links will provide you more information regarding this program.