Student Athletes Awards and Recognitions
Division I Degree-Completion Award Program
The NCAA established this program to assist student-athletes who
have exhausted their eligibility for institutional financial aid
(in five years). Applicants must have completed eligibility for
athletics-related aid at a Division I member institution before
applying and must be within 30 semester hours of their degree requirements.
Full-time students receive grants equal to a full athletics grant
at the institution; part-time students receive tuition and an allowance
for books. The program is administered by the NCAA Degree Completion
The Freedom Forum-NCAA Sports-Journalism Scholarship
The Freedom Forum, through a grant to the NCAA, supports eight $3,000
scholarships to college juniors who have career goals in sports
journalism and major in journalism or have experience in campus
sports journalism. The program assists deserving full-time students
in their final year of study and is designed to foster freedoms
of speech and press while promoting quality sports journalism education
at the collegiate level. Applications for these scholarships are
available in late August from the institution's NCAA faculty athletics
representative, journalism department or school newspaper office.
NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Program
The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87
for men and 87 for women. The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes
who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final
year of intercollegiate athletics competition. The one-time grants
of $7,500 each are awarded for fall sports, winter sports and spring
sports. Each sports season (fall, winter and spring), there are
29 scholarships available for men and 29 scholarships available
for women. The scholarships are one-time, non-renewable grants.
Contact Information: www1.ncaa.org/membership/ed_ooutreach/prof_development/postgrad_scholarships.html
Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship
Under this program, one male and one female student-athlete are
annually awarded a postgraduate scholarship in recognition of outstanding
academic achievement and potential for success in postgraduate study.
It is intended that an individual named a Byers Scholar will be
recognized as one who has combined the best elements of mind and
body to achieve national distinction for his or her achievements,
and promises to be a future leader in his or her chosen field of
Additional scholarships can be found through the Office of Financial
Conferences-Leadership Development Opportunities
Division I Student-Athlete Regional Leadership Conference
The annual NCAA Leadership Conference provides NCAA student-athletes
with a forum to openly discuss issues that may affect them on their
campuses and in their communities, while also providing them with
the opportunity to enhance their leadership, communication, decision-making
and problem-solving skills. The NCAA Leadership Conference also
promotes better communication among student-athletes, coaches, administrators,
faculty and communities. The five-day leadership conference consists
of daily exercises and activities to help the student-athletes develop
as individuals and as contributing members to a group. This conference
is provided at no cost to institutions participating in the NCAA
CHAMPS/Life Skills Program.
The APPLE conference provides training to an “athletic prevention
team” on the APPLE model, a comprehensive design for improving
substance abuse prevention programming and policies in the athletics
department. The seven impact areas are known as the “slices
of the APPLE” and include recruitment practices; polices;
drug testing; tobacco and other drug-education programs; sanctioning;
referral and counseling; and exceptions and attitudes.
The Coca-Cola Community All Americans Programs
The Coca-Cola Company has teamed with the National Association of
Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) to recognize community
service in intercollegiate athletics at NCAA®, NAIATM and Junior/Community
College member institutions. The Coca-Cola Community All-Americans
program is designed to help institutions recognize, celebrate and
applaud student-athletes who are making a difference in their communities.
On college campuses across the country, student-athletes are giving
it their all, not only on the playing field, but also in their communities
through hands-on volunteerism and service. Whether it's reading
to kids, restoring homes, or coaching youth sports, Coca-Cola and
NACDA believe in recognizing these significant contributions.
The NCAA Sportsmanship Award honors student-athletes who, through
their actions in the competitive arena of intercollegiate athletics,
have demonstrated one or more of the ideals of sportsmanship, including
fairness, civility, honesty, unselfishness, respect and responsibility.
Selections are made by the NCAA Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical
Conduct. This award was first presented in 1999 as the Outstanding
Sportspersons of the Year Award. The award was renamed the NCAA
Sportsmanship Award in 2001.
Today’s Top VIII Awards
The Today's Top VIII Awards provide the Association with the opportunity
to honor eight outstanding senior student-athletes of the preceding
calendar year. From 1973 through 1985, this award was known as the
Today's Top V Award and from 1986 through 1994, it was known as
the Today's Top VI Award.
Women of the Year
The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors senior student-athletes
who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers
in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service
and leadership. The overall winner is selected from ten finalists.
The ten finalists are selected from winners from each state, the
District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
CSUF Awards & Recognitions
Big West Scholar Athletes
To Be eligible for the Big West Scholar-Athlete Award, student-athlete
must have lettered in a varsity sport during the previous season
of competition and a) have achieved a minimum grade point average
of 3.0 over at least 24 semester grade units at the member institution
during their previous two semesters of attendance; or b) 3.2 GPA
in at least 12 units or 3.4 GPA in nine graded units in the event
the students have been in attendance at the member institution for
less than two semesters
Big West Male & Female Scholar Athletes of the Year
Each year every Big West member school selects one male and one
female Big West Scholar-Athlete of the year. Honorees are announced
on March 1, and receive a plaque at a breakfast held in conjunction
with the Big West Basketball Tournament. To be eligible for the
award, a student-athlete must be: a non-freshman meeting the minimum
criteria of a Big West Scholar-Athlete, as described above; selected
by his or her own University; and selected prior to February 1 of
the academic year based on athletic and academic performance from
the previous academic year’s spring term and the current academic
year’s fall term
If student-athlete’s semester GPA is a 3.50 or higher for
a least 12 units of graded coursework he/she will receive notification
from the University the he/she is on the Dean’s Honor List
for the semester
Athletic Honor Roll
If a student-athlete’s semester GPA is a 3.00 or higher for
at least 12 units of graded coursework he/she will receive notification
form Athletics Academic Services that he/she is on Athletic Honor
Roll for the semester.
Team Grade Point Average Awards
The Conference shall present an award to the team in each Big West
Conference championship sport that annually achieves the highest
overall cumulative grade point average. The award shall be calculated
at the conclusion of the academic year and the deserving teams shall
be honored at the following year’s Scholar-athlete Banquet.
Reporting forms shall be distributed by the conference office to
the faculty athletics representatives and shall be due to the conference
office by July 15
Academic All-Conference Award
The Conference shall sponsor annual Academic All-Conference teams
in each Conference sport. Student-Athletes shall be named to the
Academic All-Conference Teams for their respective sports if the
following standards are met: 1) Student-athlete must carry a minimum
3.20 cumulative institutional grade point average (no rounding ),
2) Student-athlete must have completed one full academic year at
the member institution prior to the season for which the award is
being received ( at least a sophomore academically ), 3) Student-athlete
must have completed in at least 50 percent of the institution’s
contests in the student-athlete’s respective sport. Academic
All-Conference forms shall be supplied to each institution and a
submission date shall be determined by the Conference Office. All
students so honored shall receive a certificate appropriate for
framing, as well as recognition in the form of a media release.
The goal of the award is to recognize the student-athlete for their
outstanding accomplishment and as a token of pride for their college
athletic experience. Specific criteria are laid out for each sport
and Athletics Academic Services coordinates this award’s process.
A Head Coach may nominate the letter award winners meeting the criteria
set by each individual team.
Information is also available via NCAA and CSUF Student-athlete
Handbook. For additional information please feel free to contact
Athletics Academic Services in LH 215 or (657) 278-3057.