Clay Court is a freshman tennis student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU). Clay was selected to receive a $5000 scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year. When OSU researched the scholarship, it was determined that one of the criteria for the award is the recipient must attend OSU.
Is this a permissible source of financial aid for Clay to receive?
No. NCAA Bylaw 188.8.131.52 states that a student-athlete may receive financial aid through an established and continuing program to aid students, provided: (Adopted: 1/15/11 effective 8/1/11, Revised: 4/23/14)
(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.
Jennifer M. Condaras
Deputy Commissioner, NCAA Relations & Administration
Colonial Athletic Association
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