NCAA Sponsored Scholarships and Postgraduate Scholarships

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As part of its commitment to providing a pathway to opportunity, the NCAA awards scholarships and grants for further education to college athletes who demonstrate outstanding academic and athletic achievement. Colleges and universities are also awarded grants to improve academics and enhance campus culture – all to support student-athletes.

In addition to the $3.2 billion schools award in athletics scholarships each year, the NCAA funds more than $10 million in scholarships and grants annually to graduate student-athletes and member schools.


NCAA Sponsored Scholarships

NCAA Division I Degree Completion Award Program

NCAA Division II Degree Completion Award Program


Postgraduate Scholarships

Jim McKay Scholarship

NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Program

Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship Program

Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics


Please check website for full list of offered scholarships


Student-athletes at an active NCAA member institution who:

  • Must be in final season of NCAA athletics eligibility or must have completed athletic eligibility,
  • Must be in final year of undergraduate academic work or received an undergraduate degree.
  • 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 varsity team member 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. In particular, nominators and individuals submitting recommendations should note participation in activities in which the student-athlete serves as an example to other students and demonstrates leadership qualities.
  • Must enroll in a graduate degree granting program on a part- or full-time basis at an academically accredited graduate or degree-granting professional school.
  • Must be enrolled in a graduate degree granting program within one-year after the academic year the scholarship was awarded.  All funds must be used within the same academic year.
  • The scholarship cannot be used to fund any undergraduate work.
  • Are outstanding citizens and excellent role models for the institution and intercollegiate athletics as a whole.

[Note: Student-athletes attending a provisional member institution are not permitted to be nominated.  Additionally, a scholarship recipient may not use more than one NCAA scholarship award for graduate studies. International student-athletes are eligible to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.]

Student Type
  • senior
  • graduate
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
  • International or Other Visa Status
  • Undocumented

Generally, applicants must be nominated by their academic institution. Contact your Faculty Athletics Representative or cheif academic officer for details on how to apply.

Students may apply directly for the Ethnic Minority & Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics.

You must register to enter the NCAA website and view specifics about each scholarship program.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Lori Thomas at the NCAA national office at 317/917-6222 or by e-mail at