Scholarships

NCAA names 2020 Jim McKay Scholarship winner

Abigail Holland of Trinity (Texas) will receive a $10,000 Jim McKay Scholarship, awarded by the NCAA to college athletes who demonstrate achievement in sports communication or public relations or hope to contribute to the field.

NCAA names 2020 Byers Scholarship recipients

An NCAA committee with oversight of the Walter Byers Graduate Scholarship selected two former student-athletes as recipients of the 2020 awards.

Student-athletes among 2016 Rhodes Scholars

Four of the 32 students selected this week as Rhodes Scholars are current or former NCAA student-athletes. Each will receive a fully funded opportunity to study at the University of Oxford in England for at least two years. Each scholarship is valued at $50,000 per year.

Scholarships

NCAA Divisions I and II schools provide more than $3.6 billion in athletics scholarships annually to more than 180,000 student-athletes. Division III schools do not offer athletics scholarships.

Only about two-percent of high school athletes are awarded athletics scholarships to compete in college. Of the student-athletes participating in sports with professional leagues, very few become professional athletes. A college education is the most rewarding benefit of the student-athlete experience.

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Full scholarships cover tuition and fees, room, board and course-related books. Most student-athletes who receive athletics scholarships receive an amount covering a portion of these costs. Many student-athletes also benefit from academic scholarships, NCAA financial aid programs such as the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Opportunity Fund and need-based aid such as Federal Pell Grants.

Division I schools may provide student-athletes with multiyear scholarships. Additionally, Division I schools may pay for student-athletes to finish their bachelor's or master's degrees after they finish playing NCAA sports.

If a school plans to reduce or not renew a student-athlete’s aid, the school must notify the student-athlete in writing by July 1 and provide an opportunity to appeal. In most cases, coaches decide who receives a scholarship, the scholarship amount and whether it will be renewed.  

NCAA awards two Jim McKay scholarships

Bryan Baumgartner of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and Kimberly “Kimmy” Borza of the University of Pittsburgh win 2014 Jim McKay scholarships.

NCAA names recipients of 2014 Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarships

The NCAA awarded the 2014 Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship to Karenee Demery, a California State University, Stanislaus graduate who competed in soccer, and Kyle Boden, who graduated from Emory and Henry College and competed in football. Both Demery and Boden intend to use the $24,000 renewable award to attend medical school.

Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Graduate Scholarship

The Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Graduate Scholarship were developed by the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics and the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee.

The goal of the enhancement programs is to increase the pool of and opportunities for qualified minority and female candidates in intercollegiate athletics through graduate scholarships.

The NCAA awards $10,000 to 13 ethnic minorities and 13 female college graduates who will be entering their initial year of graduate studies. The applicant must be seeking admission or have been accepted into a sports administration or program that will help the applicant obtain a career in intercollegiate athletics, such as athletics administrator, coach, athletic trainer or a career that provides a direct service to intercollegiate athletics. 

All former student-athletes who earned an undergraduate degree from an NCAA member school are eligible to be nominated by that school for an NCAA graduate degree scholarship, regardless of when they received their undergraduate degree. 

All application materials must be submitted by February 8, 2021. The scholarship will be for use during the 2021-22 academic year only.

Eligibility

Students or 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.
  • Are seeking admission or have been accepted into a sports administration or other graduate program that will assist the applicant in obtaining a career in intercollegiate athletics (athletics administrator, coach, athletic trainer or other career that provides a direct service to intercollegiate athletics).
  • Must enroll in an NCAA member institution on a full-time basis.
  • Are outstanding citizens and excellent role models for the institution and intercollegiate athletics.
  • Applicants must have performed with distinction as a student body member at their respective undergraduate institution. The applicant's involvement in extracurricular activities, course work, commitment to pursuing a career in intercollegiate athletics and promise for success in such a career will be considered.

Additionally, a scholarship recipient may not use more than one NCAA award for graduate studies. Foreign applicants ARE eligible to receive an NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Graduate Scholarship.

Online Instructions

Application must be completed by the student or student-athlete.  Applications submitted by faculty and staff will not be accepted or reviewed by the committee.

  • Log in to the Program Hub and complete a profile.
  • Applicants may complete and save his or her application as they go along; however, the system will time-out after approximately 5 minutes of inactivity.
  • Applicants must upload official transcripts to complete the application.  Official transcripts can be scanned and uploaded to the system as a .pdf document.  You must upload all transcripts at one time.  Please ensure the transcript reflects ALL undergraduate work.
  • Applicants will provide email addresses for three individuals asked to complete a letter of recommendation.  Recommendation emails are generated after the applicant submits his or her application section.  NOTE:  Notify the endorsers that he or she will receive an email message with a link to complete their endorsement.
  • You may check the status of your nomination by using the application tab at the top of the form.  It is imperative that you track your application’s progress, including submission of the three letters of recommendation.

Application sections

  1. Applicant section:  To be completed by the student/student-athlete; which includes a formal personal statement.
  2. Three letters of recommendation, by three different people are required:
    1. Academic advisor or athletics administrator;
    2. Professor teaching in the discipline of the student/student-athlete’s baccalaureate degree;
    3. Someone in the position to speak about your community service and leadership.

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

Selection process

A subcommittee from the Committee on Women's Athletics selects 13 scholarship recipients, and a subcommittee from the Minorities Opportunities and Interests Committee selects 13 scholarship recipients.  Need will not be a factor in granting these scholarships.  An award or a fellowship from a non-NCAA source shall not preclude the applicant from being considered for an NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Programs' Graduate Scholarship. A scholarship recipient may not use more than one NCAA scholarship for graduate studies.

Notification process

Each applicant who submitted an application is notified if they have or have not been selected as scholarship recipient in April.  An acceptance form and list of policies that govern the award are included with the notification letter. Notifications are sent to the address listed on the application.

NCAA Career in Sports Forum

Attendance at the CSF is mandatory for the Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Scholarship recipients.

 The NCAA Career in Sports Forum (CSF) is an annual educational forum held May 2021. It brings together 200 selected student-athletes and scholarship recipients Indianapolis that brings together 200 selected student-athletes and scholarship recipients for four days to learn and explore potential careers in sports, with the primary focus on intercollegiate athletics.  The CSF is designed to assist attendees in charting their career paths, to give them the opportunity to network and to learn from current athletics professionals.  The cost of airfare, lodging, meals and program materials will be covered by the NCAA. 

By attending the CSF, participants will:

  • Consider how personal values intersect with career opportunities.
  • Better understand how behavioral styles impact individual effectiveness.
  • Develop actionable plans for personal growth and development.
  • Gain an accurate view of the role of the intercollegiate coach or athletics administrator.
  • Benefit from the opportunity to network with key decision-makers on campus and at the NCAA.

Contact us

For more information about the NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics, please contact Lori Thomas at 317/917-6683 or e-mail at lthomas@ncaa.org.

Division II Degree Completion Award Program

Division II Degree Completion Award

Key Dates:
  • Opens: Oct. 15, 2020
  • Closes: Feb. 1, 2021 at 5 p.m. EST
Registration Links:

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.

To date, nearly $6 million has been given to approximately 1,400 deserving student-athletes. Of those student-athletes who have received the award since its inception, 90 percent have earned their undergraduate degree using this program.

Requirements for the Award

  • Applicant shall be a student-athlete who has completed athletics eligibility at an active NCAA Division II institution.
  • Applicant must be within 36 semester hours (54 quarter hours) of completion of an undergraduate degree.
  • The degree must be completed within 10-semesters (15 quarters).
  • Applicant must be meeting the institution’s standard for good academic standing.
  • Applicant cannot concurrently receive any athletics aid from the institution.
  • Applicant must use the award to complete the first undergraduate degree requirements from the institution where the student-athlete exhausted his or her athletics eligibility.

In addition, the following criteria applies to the award:

  • The Division II Degree Completion Award value is the lesser of:
    • Tuition for his or her remaining credits toward completing an undergraduate degree; or
    • $7,000.
  • The Division II Degree Completion Award may be used for summer term and other short terms immediately preceding or following the final undergraduate term/year, provided it is within the student-athlete’s 10 semesters (15 quarters).
  • An institution is limited to nominating a maximum of three student-athletes for the Division II Degree Completion Award.
  • The committee will rank all applicants who have completed applications and will reach out to alternates as awarding dollars become available.

How to Apply

The following materials are required to complete the application process.

  1. Nomination can be initiated by the FAR, Athletics Director, SWA or other designee.
  2. The nominee must include a personal statement containing specific information requested by the selection committee (e.g., list of extracurricular activities, leadership roles, membership in professional organizations).
  3. Academic information from an advisor or department chair responsible for the applicant’s academic program.
  4. Financial aid information from the financial aid office.
  5. Endorsement(s) from the director of athletics, senior woman administrator, faculty athletics representative or coach at the Division II institution.
  6. An official transcript from the institution where the student-athlete exhausted his or her athletics eligibility must be included. Applications must also include transcripts from all institutions the student-athlete previously attended. Transcripts can be scanned and uploaded to the system as a .pdf document.

The application will be available on Program Hub beginning October 15, 2020 for the 2021-22 academic year awards. The application deadline is February 1, 2021.

Selection Process

Applications are reviewed by a special committee composed of the representatives from six Division II institutions. The selection committee is comprised of:

Two representatives from the Division II Academic Requirements Committee; one NCAA Division II Management Council representative; one Division II director of athletics appointed by the Division II Athletic Directors’ Association; and two Division II faculty athletics representatives appointed by the Faculty Athletics Representatives Association.

The following links will provide you more information regarding this program.

NCAA Division I Degree Completion Award Program

The NCAA Division I Degree Completion Award Program was established in 1989 to assist student-athletes who could not complete their education during their five-year eligibility period. To be eligible to apply for the program, a student-athlete must have competed at an NCAA Division I institution, have received athletics-related financial aid, and be within 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) of completion of his or her degree. To date, the program has awarded over $30 million to over 2,900 deserving student-athletes and 90 percent of the award recipients have successfully completed their undergraduate degrees.

Requirements for the Award

The applicant must be a student-athlete who:

  • Completed eligibility at an NCAA Division I member institution.
  • Must be within 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) of completion of his/her first undergraduate degree. Students enrolled in programs that extend beyond the baccalaureate degree or enrolled in graduate programs are not eligible (e.g. PharmD).
  • Must have received athletics-related financial aid.
  • Must be entering at least his/her sixth year of post-secondary education, and shall have exhausted institutional eligibility (five years) for competition.

The award will consist of tuition, fees, and an allowance for textbooks and expenses.

How to Apply

The following materials are required to complete the application process.

  1. Nominations can be initiated by the FAR, Athletics Director, SWA or other designee.
  2. The nominee must include a personal statement that includes the following information:
    • Why you need this award;
    • Any unusual financial circumstances that could affect your ability to enroll;
    • Any unusual circumstances that may have affected or will affect your ability to complete your degree;
    • How do you plan to use your degree.
  3. List of extracurricular activities, leadership roles, academic honors and awards.
  4. List of athletic participation and athletic honors and awards.
  5. Academic information from the dean of the college, faculty advisor or head of the department responsible for the applicant’s academic program.
  6. Financial aid information from the financial aid office.
  7. Endorsement(s) from the director of athletics, senior woman administrator, faculty athletics representative or coach at the Division I institution.
  8. An official transcript from the institution where the student-athlete exhausted his or her athletics eligibility must be included. Applications must also include official transcripts from all institutions the student-athlete previously attended. Official transcripts can be scanned and uploaded to the system as a .pdf document.

Applications are accepted beginning in March for the fall term and beginning in August for the spring/summer term. The next application will be for the for the 2020 Winter/Spring/Summer award. That application will open beginning August 1, 2019.

Selection Process

Applications are reviewed by a NCAA Division I Degree Completion Award committee composed of the representatives from seven Division I member institutions and are from varying positions, such as directors of athletics, financial aid administrators, faculty athletics representatives and others.

Click here to contact the NCAA regarding the program.

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