The NCAA, CAA, Hofstra University and various other organizations administer a variety of scholarships, internships and leadership/development opportunities that student-athletes have the chance to apply for.  Listed below is information about such awards including: criteria for nomination, organization sponsoring award and deadlines.  Each award has been categorized based on the type of opportunity: Postgraduate Scholarships/Opportunities, Academic Awards, Athletic/Academic Awards, Service and Leadership Awards, and Athletic Department Awards. 

Postgraduate Scholarships/Opportunities

NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Programs' Postgraduate Scholarships for Career in Athletics

* One-time $6000 postgraduate scholarship

- Seeking to enter a sports related graduate program
- Ethnic minority or woman
- U.S. citizen
- Performed with distinction as a student-body member
- Involvement in extracurricular activities, course work, commitment to a career in athletics, and promise for success will be considered
- Mid-December deadline

NCAA Internship Program

* One year paid internship at the NCAA office in Indianapolis, IN

- College graduate interested in pursuing a career in college athletic administration
- Mid-December deadline

NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

* One-time $7500 postgraduate scholarship

- Minimum GPA of 3.2/4.0
- Excellent athletic, leadership, and academic achievements
- Participant in final season of eligibility
- Mid-December (Fall Sports), Mid-May (Winter Sports), Mid-June (Spring Sports) deadline

NCAA Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship Program

* One-time $21,500 postgraduate scholarship

- Senior in final year of athletic eligibility
- Minimum GPA 3.5/4.0
- Show good character, leadership, and citizenship
- Mid-January deadline

Academic Awards

CAA Commissioner's Award

- Minimum GPA 3.2 Semester or Cumulative
- January (Fall sports) and June (Winter and Spring sports) deadline

Athletic/Academic/Leadership Awards

NCAA Today's Top VIII Award

- Varsity letter winner and distinctive athletic career (All-American)
- Participant in final season of eligibility
- High GPA
- Additional honors/awards
- Late-January deadline for Fall sports; Early August deadline for Winter/Spring sports

NCAA Woman of the Year Award

- Achievements in leadership, service, athletics, and academics
- Varsity letter winner
- Participant in final season of eligibility
- Minimum GPA of 2.5
- Mid-June deadline, submitted to conference office

Service and Leadership Awards

Jim McKay Scholarship Program

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 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.  

Criteria for selection includes:

- Cumulative GPA 3.500 or higher
- Have demonstrated a unique aptitude and commitment to the communications field with the potential to make a contribution in the sports communications industry
- Have evidence of superior character and leadership

NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum

The NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum will engage a diverse and dynamic representation of student-athletes, coaches, faculty and administrators and provide pertinent and customized sessions that will enhance personal awareness and leadership skills needed to impact student-athlete development at the campus and conference level, and beyond the collegiate realm.

Criteria for selection includes:

- Academic achievement
- Demonstrated leadership experience