SPONSORING AGENCY: National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

PURPOSE: The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women. These scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics.


Student-athletes at an active NCAA-member institution who:

  1. Are in their final season of NCAA athletics eligibility or will not be using any remaining athletics eligibility.
  2. Have an overall undergraduate minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2 (based on 4.0 scale) or its equivalent
  3. Have performed with distinction as members 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, university 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.
  4. 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 college in which the student-athlete is currently enrolled must address the capability of the student-athlete for graduate study.
  5. Are outstanding citizens and excellent role models for the institution and intercollegiate athletics as a whole.

CONDITIONS OF APPOINTMENT: Each recipient is expected to enroll as a part-time or full-time graduate student, as defined by the postgraduate institution, not later than the opening fall semester or term after notice of selection for the scholarship. Scholarships are for one year of postgraduate study and are not renewable.

STIPEND: $7,500

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Nomination forms are sent to faculty athletics representatives. Applications are due for fall sports (including cross country, football, soccer, women's volleyball, etc.) on January 20, 2012, for winter sports (including basketball, gymnastics, ice hockey, indoor track and field, swimming, wrestling, etc.) on March 15, 2012, and for spring sports (including baseball, golf, softball, tennis, outdoor track and field) on May 10, 2012.