INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA has awarded more than $2.1 million in grants to nine Division I schools to support academic programs that help student-athletes earn their degrees.
The recipients of the Accelerating Academic Success Program Comprehensive Grants include Lamar University ($900,000), Weber State ($667,711), Cal State Fullerton ($138,590) and UT Arlington ($120,000). All four are multiyear grants.
Recipients of Accelerating Academic Success Program Initiatives Grants include Saint Peter’s ($100,000), Texas Southern ($86,500), Norfolk State ($75,000), Idaho State ($55,000) and Alabama State ($29,351). All five are single-year grants.
The grants help schools improve the academic success of their student-athletes. The goal is to support the schools’ efforts to meet the requirements of the Division I Academic Performance Program, which was developed to ensure schools provide an environment that supports education while enhancing the ability of student-athletes to earn a degree.
Schools eligible to apply for the program are non-Football Bowl Subdivision schools in Division I.
The comprehensive grants will be distributed over a three-year period and used to fund increased academic support services staffing and space; technology upgrades (software and hardware); career planning; professional development; and increased availability of summer financial aid for student-athletes.
Schools can request a maximum of $300,000 per year for three years. The participating schools are required to match grant dollars each year of the program, with direct funds and/or in-kind contributions. The school must commit a 25 percent match in the first year, 50 percent in the second year and 75 percent in the third. Schools must match 20 percent of single-year grants.
“Over the previous cycles of the program, we have seen the tremendous impact of the grant on multiple athletics departments,” said Tiese Roxbury, NCAA assistant director of research, assessment and academic success. “In addition to improving academic-related outcomes, the funding also has the capability to change culture and raise expectations across the campuses. Student-athletes have reported that they become even more motivated when they see such an investment made in their academic success.”
The announced awards mark the sixth round of Accelerating Academic Success Program funding distributed by the NCAA.