Daily Compliance Item- 11.16.15- 15.2.6.3- Permissible Outside Sources of Financial Aid

Back Spin is a men’s tennis student-athlete at Ocean State University. Back is receiving a 50% athletic scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year. Recently, Back was notified that he is the recipient of a Civitan Club scholarship from his home town. The scholarship is completely unrelated to athletics but in order to receive it the recipient must attend Ocean State University.

Since the Civitan Club scholarship is unrelated to athletics, can Back accept it?

No. NCAA Educational Column- 11/5/14- Financial Aid from an Established and Continuing Program — Financial Aid from an Outside Sports Team or Organization (I)– provides further clarification on permissible outside financial aid sources. Editor’s Note: The General Section, Subsection A, and Subsection B of this educational column was updated November 16, 2015, to provide additional clarification in order to avoid membership confusion. The original posting date was kept for ease of reference and to maintain a date link with other Q&A transitioned educational columns for proposals adopted at the same time.

Division I member institutions are reminded that with the adoption of Proposal No. 2010-69-B, a student-athlete may receive financial aid through an established and continuing program to aid students, provided:

(a) The recipient’s choice of institutions is not restricted by the donor of the aid;

(b) There is no direct connection between the donor and the student-athlete’s institution; and

(c) The financial aid is not provided by an outside sports team or organization that conducts a competitive sports program to an individual who is or has been a member of that team or organization.

The following scenarios are intended to assist the membership in consistently applying the legislation. For purposes of these scenarios, it is assumed the other provisions of Bylaw 15.2.6.3 are met.

General

Scenario No. 1: Student-athlete received a scholarship from a high school booster club for athletic achievement.

Application: The student-athlete may receive the aid, even if athletics is a criterion for the scholarship.

Scenario No. 2: Student-athlete received a scholarship that does not meet the criteria of financial aid from an established and continuing program.

Application: The student-athlete may not receive the aid, even if the institution was planning to count the aid in the team limits; unless, it is permissible under another provision of the legislation.

Scenario No. 3: Student-athlete received a scholarship that meets the criteria of financial aid from an established and continuing program; however, the scholarship is in its first year.

Application: The student-athlete may receive the aid, if it is the intent of the scholarship to continue in future years.
Subsection A

Scenario No. 1: Student-athlete received a scholarship from a local elementary school that requires the recipient to be an elementary education major at a collegiate institution.

Application: The student-athlete may receive the aid.

Scenario No. 2: Student-athlete received a scholarship from a rotary club that requires the recipient to enroll at a college or university within the state.

Application: The student-athlete may not receive the aid. The student-athlete’s choice of institution is being restricted by the donor.

Scenario No. 3: Student-athlete received a scholarship from a local high school booster club that requires the recipient to enroll at an NCAA or NAIA college or university.

Application: The student-athlete may receive the aid.

Subsection B

Scenario No. 1: Student-athlete received a scholarship from a donor who is an alumnus of the student-athlete’s institution.

Application: The student-athlete may not receive the aid since there is a direct connection between the donor and the institution.

Scenario No. 2: Student-athlete received a scholarship from a donor who is a parent of a current student-athlete at the institution but is not an alumnus.

Application: The student-athlete may receive the aid since there is no a direct connection between the donor and the institution.

Subsection C

Scenario No. 1: Student-athlete received a scholarship from the high school baseball booster club, which provides a scholarship each year to one outstanding graduating senior on the baseball team.

Application: The student-athlete may receive the aid. The high school booster club is not an outside sport team or outside organization that conducts an athletics program. And, although the recipient represents the high school team, he or she has not represented the booster club in competition.

Scenario No. 2: Student-athlete received a scholarship the high school provides each year to one outstanding graduating senior athlete.

Application: The student-athlete may receive the aid. The high school is not an outside sport team or outside organization that conducts an athletics program.

Scenario No. 3: Student-athlete received an honor scholarship from the high school athletics association. Each year, the high school athletics association provides this scholarship to one graduating senior who participates in the state tournament. The student-athlete participates in a state vs. state all-star tournament subsequent to the state tournament.

Application: The student-athlete may not receive the aid. The high school athletics association is an outside organization that conducts an athletics program and the recipient represented the high school athletics association in competition as a member of a team it organized.

Scenario No. 4: Student-athlete received a memorial scholarship from an area golf association provided to a graduating high school senior who best exemplifies the qualities of the individual for whom the scholarship is named. In order to participate in junior golf competitions in the area individuals must be a member of the association.

Application: The student-athlete may receive the aid if he or she has only represented himself or herself or a team other than one representing the area golf association in competition. If the student-athlete has represented the area golf association in competition, then it is not permissible for him or her to receive the scholarship.

Scenario No. 5: Student-athlete received a scholarship from the local football league based on community service, leadership and academics. Only graduating high school seniors who participated on a Pop Warner team sponsored by the league are eligible for consideration.

Application: The student-athlete may receive the aid only if he or she has never represented the local football league in competition (e.g., as a member of a league all-star team vs. other league all-star teams). If the student-athlete has represented the local football league in competition, then it is not permissible for him or her to receive the scholarship.

Scenario No. 6: Student-athlete received a scholarship provided yearly to a graduating high school senior by the local swimming committee. The student-athlete represented the local swimming committee during one zone competition against other local swimming committees two years prior.

Application: The student-athlete represented the awarding organization in competition as a member of a team it organized. Therefore, the student-athlete is not permitted to receive the aid.

[References: NCAA Bylaws 12.1.2.1.3.2 (educational expenses from outside sports team or organization — after collegiate enrollment) and 15.2.6.3 (financial aid from an established and continuing program)]

Jennifer M. Condaras
Associate Commissioner
BIG EAST Conference

The opinions expressed in the Daily Compliance Item are the author’s and the author’s alone, and are not endorsed by The BIG EAST Conference, JumpForward, or the Collegiate Sports Group of Bond, Schoeneck, and King. The Daily Compliance Item is not a substitute for a compliance office, case specific research, or the NCAA Bylaws. Do some homework, ask around, and get it right.

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