SMU makes a strong effort to recognize current and former student-athletes for awards, recognition, and scholarships. Current SMU student-athletes interested in obtaining additional information regarding any of the scholarships or awards listed below should contact Allison Singleton. Student-Athletes may also visit the links provided for more information regarding these NCAA Scholarships. All deadlines listed are subject to change.
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.
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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.
These 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.
In 2008, 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 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.
In 1988, the National Collegiate Athletic Association established the Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship Program as a means of recognizing the contributions of the former executive 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. It is intended that an individual named a Byers Scholar will be recognized as one who has combined the best elements of mind and body to achieve national distinction for his or her achievements, and promises to be a future leader in his or her chosen field of career service.
The stipend for each Byers Scholarship is $24,000 for an academic year. The scholarship amount will be reviewed every two years so that the purchasing power of the award will remain reasonably close to the award as initially conceived in 1988. 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.
The NCAA awards 13 scholarships to ethnic minorities and 13 scholarships to female college graduates who will be entering their initial year of postgraduate studies. The applicant must be seeking admission or have been accepted into a sports administration or other program that will help the applicant obtain a career in intercollegiate athletics, such as athletics administrator, coach, athletic trainer or other career that provides a direct service to intercollegiate athletics. The goal of the enhancement programs is to increase the pool of and opportunities for qualified minority and female candidates in intercollegiate athletics through postgraduate scholarships.
Each award recipient will receive $6,000 for one year of full-time graduate study at an NCAA member institution. This scholarship is not renewable.
Interested applicants should click here to access the online application system to apply for the scholarship. Applicants should provide email addresses for three individuals who will be asked to complete a recommendation. These three individuals (one academic advisor or athletics administrator, one department faculty, and one person entirely of your choice) will receive an email message from the online system. The message will ask each individual complete a recommendation for you using the online system. It is your responsibility to notify the three individuals that the online system has generated a message from ODI@ncaa.org with a link for each to complete their endorsement page for your application.
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 this program, a student-athlete must have competed at a Division I institution, have received athletics-related aid, and be within 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) of completion of his or her degree.
The program has limited funds with which to award applicants and currently gives awards to between 40 and 45 percent of the applicants. To date, more than $19 million has been given to approximately 2,600 deserving student-athletes. Of those studentathletes who have received the award since its inception, 95 percent have earned their undergraduate degree using the award.
Applications are accepted beginning in March for the fall term and beginning in August for the spring/summer term. Applications can be accessed here.
Student-athletes granted this award will receive tuition and fees, as well as a book allowance based on the number of hours in which they are enrolled.