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NCAA Scholarship Opportunities

NCAA Ethnic Minority & Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarships for Careers in Athletics

Any student-athlete meeting the criteria may apply

13 scholarships available for ethnic minorities and 13 scholarships for women college graduates entering their initial year of postgraduate studies in 2014-2015, and have been accepted into a sports administration or other program that will help them obtain a career in intercollegiate athletics. Awardees must be a full-time student at all times while using the award. The one-time $7,500 scholarships are non-renewable grants awarded once per school year

Application deadline is Monday, December 16th. Applicants can apply using the NCAA Program Hub submission system by logging on to https://web1.ncaa.org/CRS/exec/login.

Please contact Lori Thomas at lthomas@ncaa.org or 317/917-6683 if you have questions or need additional information.

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The Walter Byers Scholarship

Nominated by institution - if interested in being considered, please contact your academic counselor

The Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship Program recognizes contributions of the former executive NCAA director through encouraging excellence in academic performance by student-athletes. Under this program, one male and one female student-athlete are annually awarded a postgraduate scholarship in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and potential for success in postgraduate study.

The Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship Program provides a stipend of $24,000 for an academic year. If the graduate school where the Byers Scholar is enrolled provides evidence of the scholar's satisfactory performance and progress, the grant may be renewed for a second year.

Final award is contingent upon acceptance and attendance at an accredited, nonprofit educational institution; stipends are paid through the institution in which the Byers Scholar is enrolled for graduate study. To defer the scholarship for any reason, a Byers Scholar must submit a written request to the committee liaison for approval. Financial need shall not be a factor in the granting of these scholarships. Awards from other sources will not disqualify an applicant, except that an awardee may not use more than one NCAA postgraduate scholarship.

If you satisfy the qualifications, please contact your faculty athletics representative (FAR) or academic counselor to let them know of your interest in the scholarship.

Qualifications
To be eligible for consideration, nominees shall

  • Have an overall undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 3.500 or better (based on a maximum 4.000), or the equivalent in other recognized grading systems;
  • Have competed in intercollegiate athletics as a member of a varsity team at an NCAA member institution;
  • Be a graduating senior or be enrolled in graduate study at an NCAA member institution;
  • Have intentions of applying for admission into a graduate degree program at a properly accredited, nonprofit educational institution or into a post-baccalaureate professional degree program at a professionally accredited law school, medical school, or the equivalent, without restriction as to the national site of the institution;
  • Be committed to work on a full-time basis toward a graduate degree or a post- baccalaureate professional degree;
  • Have evidenced superior character and leadership;
  • Have demonstrated that participation in athletics and community service has been a positive influence on the nominee's personal and intellectual development. Relative success in athletics is important but not of overriding significance; and
  • Enroll into a graduate degree program within five years of being named a Byers Scholar.
United States citizenship is not a required criterion to satisfy eligibility requirements.

Financial need shall not be a factor in the granting of these scholarships. Awards from other sources will not disqualify an applicant, except that an awardee may not use more than one NCAA postgraduate scholarship.

Evidence of acceptance into a graduate degree program or a post-baccalaureate professional degree program may be submitted after the notification of an award, but must be supplied by the institution in which the Byers Scholar enrolls for graduate work before the funding of the scholarship. If the initial awardee is not admitted to an appropriate graduate program, the award will be withdrawn and an alternate will receive the award.

Nominees are required to provide a personal essay outlining their short and long-term goals, explaining the relationship of the proposed postgraduate study to these goals and describing the nominee's personal and intellectual development, including the role played in this development by intercollegiate athletics.

Nominees must provide lists of 1) principal activities while in college (excluding community activities), 2) athletics honors while in college (including athletics records, prizes, scholarships and offices held) 3) academic honors while in college and 4) principle involvement in community activities with dates while in college. For the community activities list, please indicate the number of hours per week, weeks per year and the number of years of involvement.

Nominees must also provide four recommendations, one of which must be from a faculty member teaching in the discipline of the nominee's baccalaureate degree and one from a person in a position to judge the nominee's contribution to intercollegiate athletics. All recommendations should be on official letterhead of the recommender's place of employment, if applicable. If not, the recommendation should include a signature that explicitly states his/her relationship to the nominee.

Official transcripts of nominee complete undergraduate collegiate record, provided by the institution(s) the nominee has attended. The faculty athletics representative (FAR) or chief academics officer should complete the application not later than January 15, 2014.

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The Jim McKay Scholarship

Nominated by the institution's faculty athletics representative. If interested in being considered, please contact your faculty athletics representative (FAR) or your athletic academic counselor.

The Jim McKay Scholarship is a $10,000 award given annually to one male and one female student-athlete.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association established the Jim McKay Scholarship Program as a means of recognizing the immense contributions and legacy of pioneer sports journalist Jim McKay. Under this program, one male and one female student-athlete are annually awarded a $10,000 scholarship in recognition for outstanding academic achievement and potential to make a major contribution in the sports communication industry. McKay scholars will be recognized as having demonstrated a unique aptitude and commitment to the communications field and promises to be a future leader in the industry. McKay scholars also will demonstrate the highest level of professional integrity, including the principles of truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness and public accountability, with the element of compassion that so infused McKay's long and storied career.

To be eligible for consideration, nominees shall:

  • Have an overall undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 3.500 or better (based on a maximum 4.000), or the equivalent in other recognized grading systems;
  • Have competed in intercollegiate athletics as a member of a varsity team at an NCAA member institution;
  • Be enrolled in graduate study at an NCAA member institution or be a graduating senior committed to enrolling in a graduate degree program within five years of being named a McKay Scholar;
  • Have demonstrated a unique aptitude and commitment to the communications field with the potential to make a contribution in the sports communications industry;
  • Ascribe to the highest levels of integrity, including the principles of truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness and public accountability;
  • Have evidenced superior character and leadership;
  • Have an understanding and appreciation for the legacy of Jim McKay, his contributions to sport broadcasting and specifically his award-winning oratory on the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.
Please contact your faculty athletics representative or your academic counselor if interested in being considered for this award. Only the faculty athletics representative can nominate qualified candidates.

The faculty athletics representative (FAR) or chief academics officer should complete the application not later than January 15, 2014.

Please note: Applicants now have the ability to fill out the application on the website (ncaa.org), but the information cannot be submitted through the website. Click on the line or box and type the requested information. Once the application is complete, then print and mail the application to the address above.

Reminder: The information cannot be saved on the website, so anyone filling out the application must do so all at one time.

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NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Program

Nominated by the institution's faculty athletics representative. If interested in being considered, please contact your faculty athletics representative (FAR) or your athletic academic counselor

The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships promote and encourage education by rewarding the Association's most accomplished student-athletes.

The NCAA each year provide $7,500 postgraduate scholarships to 174 student-athletes (29 male and 29 female) in each of the three (fall, winter and spring) sports seasons.

To qualify, student-athletes must excel academically and athletically, be in their final year of eligibility and plan to pursue graduate study. Student-athletes must also maintain at least a 3.2 grade-point average and be nominated by their institution's faculty athletics representative.

Nomination Sections of the application

  • FAR nomination- includes a formal recommendation for the nominee.
  • Student-athlete section- to be completed by the nominee, which includes a formal personal statement.
  • Head coach recommendation.
  • Athletics administrator recommendation.
  • Professor recommendation.
Please note: All recommendations should be viewed as formal recommendations for the nominee.

There are three nomination periods each academic year based on sport seasons. The seasonal sports breakdown is listed below. Emerging sports are in italics. Remember: cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field are separate sports.

FALL
Men's: Cross Country, Football, Soccer and Water Polo
Women's: Cross Country, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Rugby, Soccer and Volleyball

Fall sports nomination deadline: JANUARY 15, 2014

WINTER
Men's: Basketball, Fencing, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Rifle, Skiing, Swimming and Diving, Indoor Track and Field and Wrestling
Women's: Basketball, Bowling, Fencing, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Rifle, Skiing, Swimming and Diving and Indoor Track and Field

Winter sports nomination deadline: MARCH 31, 2014

SPRING
Men's: Baseball, Golf, Lacrosse, Tennis, Outdoor Track and Field and Volleyball
Women's: Golf, Lacrosse, Rowing, Sand Volleyball, Softball, Tennis, Outdoor Track and Field and Water Polo.

Spring sports nomination deadline: JUNE 1, 2014

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NCAA Postgraduate Internship Program

The NCAA Postgraduate Internship is:

  • A one-year program.
  • Provides on-the-job learning experiences for college graduates who express an interest in pursuing a career in intercollegiate athletics administration.
  • Based at the NCAA national office in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be a college graduate from a four-year NCAA member institution.
  • The NCAA Postgraduate Internship program is not designed to provide interns internship credit toward an undergraduate degree; however, with graduate school approval, an intern can be eligible to earn graduate degree credit.

Pay and Benefits

  • Interns are paid salaries of $24,000, in accordance with the NCAA national office's biweekly payroll,
  • Interns are provided benefits, to include:
    • Ten days of annual leave.
    • Five sick days.
    • Individual health and dental insurance.
    • Disability and accident insurance.
    • Workers compensation insurance.

Application

The application period is now open. Deadline to apply is December 6, 2013 at www.ncaa.org. Only completed applications (including two digital letters of recommendation from endorsers, uploaded to the application prior to submission) will be considered for review. A completed application includes: A cover letter highlighting relevant work experience and activities;

  • A resume (uploaded in the job application).
  • Two endorsers, with names, titles and contact information listed;
  • One letter of reference from each endorser (two letters total).
All applications and documents must be received online. NO documents will be accepted via email.

NOTE: Due to the volume of applications, the NCAA does not provide updates on the individual status of a candidate's application.

Selections and Key Dates

The NCAA Postgraduate Internship program has a selection committee comprised of NCAA national office staff members from each of the different position areas. After reviewing complete applications the process is as follows:

  • A search committee member from each position area will select candidates for a phone screen. (January 23, 2014)
  • After the phone screen, candidates will be selected to move to an in-person interview in Indianapolis. (February 24-25, 2014)
  • Final intern selections are completed. (March 14, 2014)
  • Selected interns come to Indianapolis for a house hunting trip. (April 9-11, 2014)
  • The 2014-15 intern class will begin on Monday, June 16, 2014.

For more information about the NCAA Postgraduate Internship program, please contact the NCAA at internship@ncaa.org. You will receive a response within 3 business days.

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Big Ten Conference Postgraduate Scholarships

Scholarship Information

Nominated by the institution's faculty athletics representative. If interested in being considered, please contact your faculty athletics representative (FAR) or your athletic academic counselor

The Big Ten Conference has established annual postgraduate scholarships to be awarded to 24 student-athletes. The conference will award $7,500 scholarships based primarily on academic achievements to one male and one female student-athlete from each of its 12 institutions who plan to continue their education.

Student-athletes must be in their final season of eligibility, maintain at least a 3.2 grade point average, demonstrate leadership qualities, serve as excellent role models and intend to continue their academic work beyond their baccalaureate degree at a graduate degree program.

The scholarship will be used to cover postgraduate education expenses which could include tuition, fees, room and board, required course-related supplies, books and related activities such as research and teaching. In order to receive the scholarship, the recipient must be accepted into a full-time graduate degree program within three years from the fall semester after selection.

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Big Ten Conference Wayne Duke Scholarships

Scholarship Information | FAQ

The Wayne Duke Postgraduate Award is named for the former Big Ten Conference commissioner who served from 1971-89. While leading the Big Ten, Duke spent much of his time working to improve academic standards and graduation rates for student-athletes. Prior to arriving at the Big Ten Conference, Duke became the youngest executive officer of a major athletic conference when he took over the former Big Eight Conference at the age of 34 in 1963. Duke broke down barriers by hiring the first African American assistant commissioner of any national athletic organization in 1974 as well as the first female assistant commissioner in 1982. Duke graduated from the University of Iowa in 1950. He retired after 18 years of service to the Big Ten on June 30, 1989.

The Wayne Duke Postgraduate Award (the “Award”) is an annual scholarship recognizing one male and one female Big Ten senior for exceptional achievement in academics, athletics, and civic service. The Wayne Duke Postgraduate Award is merit-based and features a one-time, non-renewable financial award. For 2014, each Award is $10,000. Awards will be funded directly to the recipient's postgraduate institution upon verification of enrollment within eighteen months of graduation.

Each Big Ten institution may nominate one male and one female student-athlete who have consistently demonstrated high levels of achievement in academics, athletics, and civic service throughout their collegiate career. From these nominations, an independent committee will select one male and one female nominee to receive the award.

Nominations from Athletic Directors are due upon completion of the Fall 2013 term, but no later than January 17, 2014. Nomination forms may be accessed online at www.indianasportscorp.org or via the link at www.bigten.org. Complete nomination packets must be mailed to the Selection Committee of The Indianapolis Big Ten Community Partnership (address below).

The Selection Committee is comprised of seven members who are independent from The Big Ten Conference and each institution. The Selection Committee will review all nomination packets to select the two Award recipients.

The Indianapolis Big Ten Community Partnership will present the Awards during the 2014 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis, Indiana (March 13-16, 2014).

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for consideration, a nominee must

  • Honorably represent a Big Ten Conference institution, exhibiting excellence in academics, athletics and civic service while displaying strong character and leadership skills.
  • Be an undergraduate who is competing in:
    • His/her last season of athletic eligibility, and,
    • A varsity sport sponsored by his/her Big Ten Conference institution.
  • Plan to enroll in graduate or professional school within eighteen (18) months of graduation.
Nomination Process and Materials

Each institution should select one male and one female student-athlete pursuant to the criteria contained herein. The selection process at each institution is at the discretion of each institution. A complete nomination packet should be mailed to the Selection Committee upon completion of the Fall 2013 semester, but no later than January 17, 2014. A nomination packet must include:

  • A nomination form signed by the institution's Athletic Director and Faculty Athletic Representative,
  • A letter of recommendation from the nominee's Head Coach (highlighting demonstrated athletic achievement, character, leadership, teamwork, work ethic, etc.),
  • A letter of recommendation from an academic faculty member familiar with the nominee's academic performance (highlighting academic achievement and effort, extracurricular activities, leadership, accomplishments, etc.),
  • A student-athlete application form prepared and signed by the nominee,
  • An official copy of the nominee's transcript, and,
  • A headshot, and if possible, a sport-specific action shot, of the student-athlete for publicity purposes (please email in .JPEG format to info@indianasportscorp.org)

    Selection Committee
    Wayne Duke Postgraduate Award
    C/O Indiana Sports Corporation
    201 S. Capitol Avenue, Suite 1200
    Indianapolis, IN 46225

A list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) is available online at www.indianasportscorp.org or via the link at www.bigten.org. Additional questions may be directed to Indiana Sports Corporation at (317) 237-5000 or info@indianasportscorp.org