Scholarship Details

NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Program (Winter)

Application Deadline:



Student Athletes


The NCAA awards up to 126 postgraduate scholarships annually. 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 non-renewable scholarships of $10,000 are awarded three times a year corresponding to each sport season (fall, winter and spring). Each sports season there are 21 scholarships available for men and 21 scholarships available for women for use in an accredited graduate program.


Who is eligible?
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. 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.
[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.]

Terms of Award:

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

Men's: Cross Country, Football, Soccer and Water Polo
Women's: Cross Country, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Rugby, Soccer, Triathlon and Volleyball
Fall sports nomination deadline: January 14, 2022

Men's: Basketball, Fencing, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Indoor Track and Field, Rifle, Skiing, Swimming and Diving and Wrestling
Women's: Basketball, Bowling, Fencing, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Indoor Track and Field, Rifle, Skiing and Swimming and Diving and Wrestling.
Winter sports nomination deadline: April 8, 2022

Men's: Baseball, Golf, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track and Field, Tennis and Volleyball
Women's: Acrobatics and Tumbling, Golf, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track and Field, Rowing, Beach Volleyball, Softball, Tennis and Water Polo.
Spring sports nomination deadline: June 3, 2022

Please Submit:

You may fill out the application online
Application Sections
FAR or FAR designee nomination.
Student-athlete section: To be completed by the nominee; which includes a formal personal statement.
Transcript(s): Applicants must upload official transcripts to complete the application. Official transcripts can be scanned and uploaded to the system as a .pdf document. You must upload all transcripts at one time. Transcripts must reflect ALL undergraduate work. [NOTE: An electronic transcript is not needed to meet this requirement.]
Four letters of recommendation, by four different people:
FAR or FAR Designee.
Coach or someone in the position to judge the student-athletes’ contribution to intercollegiate athletics.
Someone in the position to speak to his or her community service and leadership.
A professor teaching in the discipline of the student-athletes’ baccalaureate degree.
The endorsements tab will appear after an applicant has listed each endorser’s information (name and email address) and after the applicant has submitted his or her application. The endorser will receive an automated email upon application submission only. The endorser’s email address provided by the applicant must be used to log in to Program Hub to endorse. This is the email address to which the notification was received.
[Note: All recommendations should be viewed as formal recommendations for the nominee.]

Online Application: