Post-Graduate Scholarship Program
In 1999, the Conference created a postgraduate scholarship program to honor outstanding student-athletes from its member institutions who also are outstanding scholars.
Each year, the Conference awards 40 scholarships of $3,000 each to student-athletes who have excelled academically and athletically and have completed their intercollegiate athletics eligibility. Each Pac-10 institution selects four student-athlete recipients, two men and two women, through its institutional selection process. Although each institution can determine its own method of selection, the mission of the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship program (whose focus is on “reward(ing) those individuals whose dedication and effort are reflective of those characteristics necessary to succeed and thrive through postgraduate study in an accredited graduate degree program”) should guide the selections.
To be selected for a postgraduate scholarship, a student-athlete must:
- • Have an overall undergraduate minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 (based on a 4.00 scale) or its equivalent.
- • Be in his/her final season of intercollegiate athletics eligibility in all sports OR be in his/her final year of undergraduate studies, having exhausted athletics eligibility in all sports. The student-athlete will be evaluated on the basis of all academic work completed at time of selection.
- • Have performed with distinction as a member of a varsity team. The degree of the student-athlete’s athletic achievement will be weighed at least equally with the degree of academic performance.
- • Intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time student in a graduate or professional program at an accredited institution, or in a postgraduate program for which an undergraduate degree is required for admission.
- • Have behaved, both on and off the field, in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics.
Participation in campus and/or community service activities may be considered when choosing recipients. Institutions may also consider participation in activities in which the student-athlete serves as an example to other students and demonstrates leadership qualities.
Need is not a factor in granting these scholarships. Receiving awards from other sources does not make a selected recipient ineligible for a Postgraduate Scholarship.
The Postgraduate Scholarships are one-time grants and are not renewable. The eligibility period for the award is three years from the date of the award. Student-athletes who wish to defer the award for a longer period must contact the Conference office prior to the expiration of the three-year period. Awarding institutions will be consulted to determine whether or not a deferment will be granted.
The funds may only be used for full-time enrollment in a graduate or professional degree program at an accredited university, or a in degree-granting or professional program for which a baccalaureate is required for admission. The scholarships cannot be used to complete prerequisites for graduate school, or for non-degree or certificate programs (e.g., paralegal or paramedic classes). Exceptions to these requirements will not be granted; there is no appeals process.Timeline for Selection of Pac-10 Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients
Information packets are sent from the Conference office to the faculty athletics representatives and other institutional personnel.
Institution begins process to select four student- athlete recipients (two male and two female) for the scholarships. Institution completes information packet for selected student-athletes, including accomplishments (academic and athletic), student-athlete’s data form, student-athlete’s statement, and coach’s endorsement. Note that the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship application form may be substituted for the Conference form.
Deadline for institution to submit application materials for its four selected recipients to the Conference office.
Conference office announces the names of the recipients of the Postgraduate Scholarships through a Conference press release.
Conference office sends scholarship funds directly to graduate institution once verification of enrollment form is received.