The National College Athletic Association (NCAA), established in 1852, is currently made up of a collective of 1,281 institutions, conferences and organizations that create college and university sports teams in the United States, as well as Canada. It is composed of three divisions and under NCAA rules, both division I and II schools can offer scholarships and internships to students, while division III schools may not. Simon Fraser University in Canada became the first non-U.S. member of the NCAA when it joined the athletic association in 2009.
The NCAA currently administers a variety of scholarship and internship opportunities to student-athletes. The following is an overview of the best scholarship and internship opportunities offered by the NCAA.
- NCAA Internship Program: The NCAA offers one-year internships to former student-athletes at its headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana. The internships provide on-the-job learning experiences for college graduates from a four-year NCAA member institution who are interested in pursuing careers in the administrative levels of intercollegiate athletics.
- NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar: The NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar provides interns with educational experiences that facilitate dialogues and create awareness regarding social and legislative issues confronting intercollegiate athletics. It is open to all current graduate assistants and students of division I, II and III member institutions.
- Nike’s Adrenaline Internship Program: This is a highly competitive internship program that provides interns with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in virtually every area within Nike. This includes product design and development, finances and sports marketing.
- PGA TOUR DIVERSITY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM: The PGA Tour’s internship program prepares interns to take on administrative positions within the PGA TOUR and/or the golf industry. It is open to all students regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, national origin or disability.
- INROADS Summer Scholarship Program: INROADS provides salaried internships to African-American, Hispanic/Latino and Native American Indian college student athletes. Student interns participate in a series of internships for 2-4 summers during college and earn $10-$25/hr.
NCAA Scholarships and Programs
- Exceptional Student-Athlete Disability Insurance Program: This is a disability insurance program for outstanding student-athletes in the sports of football, basketball, baseball and ice hockey. The program enables student-athletes to purchase disability insurance contracts with pre-approved financing.
- NCAA Division 1 Degree Completion Award Program: The NCAA provides student athletes financial support when they have exhausted their eligibility for institutional financial aid. They receive financial aid packing awards that will cover all tuition costs and associated fees.
- Division II Degree-Completion Grants: Division II degree-completion grants cover tuition costs for division II student athletes, which are primarily based on the financial aid student-athletes received during his or her final year of eligibility.
- Division I Student Assistance Fund: This grant provides exceptional student-athletes with scholarships that cover tuition costs, as well as basic living costs.
- NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Program: The NCAA offers a one-time grant of $7,500 to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition.
- The Freedom Forum-NCAA Sports-Journalism Scholarship Program: The Freedom Forum supports eight $3,000 scholarships to college student athletes who have career goals in sports journalism and major in journalism or have experience in campus sports journalism.
- Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Scholarship for Careers in Athletics:
- The NCAA awards 26 scholarships to ethnic minorities and female college graduates who will be entering their initial year of postgraduate studies and have been accepted into sport administration or other related programs.
- Walters Byers Postgraduate Scholarship Program: The Walters Byers Postgraduate Scholarship Program offers one male and one female student athlete postgraduate scholarships in recognition of exceptional academic achievements and potential for success in postgraduate studies. Each Byers Scholarship recipient receives $21,500 for an academic year.
- Jim McKay Scholarship: The Jim McKay Scholarship provides one male and female student-athlete postgraduate scholarships, based on exceptional academic achievements. The scholarships are to be used for sports communications postgraduate programs.
Student-athletes can also turn to the following additional resources when researching college scholarship and internship opportunities.
- Financial Aid Facts: For student-athletes researching financial aid options, as well as information on sports scholarships, Financial Aid Facts provides detailed information on a range of student-athlete scholarships.
- NCAA, Student-Athlete Benefits: This is the official webpage of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, which provides information on all available student athletic scholarships related to the NCAA.
- Student Athlete Resource Center: The Student Athlete Resource Center provides information to high school student-athletes who are interested in sports career exploration, college searches and athletic scholarships.
- Varsityedge.com: Varsityedge.com offers a resource for parents and student-athletes, including information on college athletes, financial aid, scholarships and other related topics.