NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Program

http://www.ncaa.org/ncaa-postgraduate-scholarship-program

National deadline:There are three deadlines corresponding to fall, winter and spring sports:

  • Fall sports:  January 30, 2015
  • Winter sports:  March 30, 2015
  • Spring sports:  June 1, 2015

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be student-athletes at an active NCAA member institution
  • 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.
  • Have performed with distinction as a member 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, institutional 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.
  • 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 institution in which the student-athlete is currently enrolled must address the capability of the student-athlete for graduate study.
  • Are outstanding citizens and excellent role models for the institution and intercollegiate athletics as a whole.

Nomination process:  Student-athletes must be nominated by the institution's Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) or a FAR designee (preferably an individual in academics). The FAR or FAR designee is responsible for determining the student-athlete's eligibility to be nominated and for coordinating the completion and submission of the nomination. Each NCAA member institution may nominate no more than five student-athletes per gender, per season. The nomination and supporting information will be accepted only when it is submitted before the sport season's submission deadline.  For detailed instructions on nominating an individual see: http://www.ncaa.org/postgraduate-scholarship-nomination-and-selection-information

Award summary and conditions:  The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship was created in 1964 to promote and encourage postgraduate education by rewarding the Association's most accomplished student-athletes through their participation in NCAA championship and/or emerging sports. Athletics and academic achievements, as well as campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership, are evaluated. The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women. The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are at least in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. The one-time grants of $7,500 each are awarded for fall sports, winter sports and spring sports. Each sports season (fall, winter and spring), there are 29 scholarships available for men and 29 scholarships available for women. The scholarships are one-time, non-renewable grants. Award recipients must be accepted into a graduate degree-granting program at an academically accredited graduate or professional school. See home page for detailed information.

Application process is online: http://www.ncaa.org/sites/default/files/Quick%20Guide%20for%20Applying%20in%20Program%20Hub.pdf

  • The nomination process will be initiated by your Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) or FAR designee.  You may contact your FAR to discuss the nomination process.  
  • Student-athletes will receive an e-mail with a link to log in to the online system and submit their portion of the nomination.  Log in to the system using the e-mail address to which the e-mail message was sent.  This e-mail address is initially provided by your FAR or FAR designee when the nomination is started.
  • You will submit information after logging in to the online system.
  • You may check the status of your nomination by using the link provided in the e-mail sent by the online system.  Log in using your e-mail address.  
  • Student-athletes must work with the FAR or FAR designee to ensure that all sections are completed and transcript(s) are sent to the NCAA national office.

Faculty representative:  Doug Juers
Internal nomination required: Yes

Selection and notification process:  Nominations are initially reviewed by seven regional selection committees. The regional selection committees forward finalists to the Postgraduate Scholarship Committee for its review. The Postgraduate Scholarship Committee selects 29 male awardees and five alternates and 29 female awardees and five alternates each sports season. Alternate award recipients are notified at the same time notification letters are sent to award recipients. FARs and nominees may log into the online system to determine if the nominee is an award recipient after the final selection committee meeting.