Big Ten Announces Plans to Annually Distribute Postgraduate Scholarships

Nov. 7, 2012

Park Ridge, Ill. -

The Big Ten Conference announced the establishment of annual postgraduate scholarships to be awarded to 24 student-athletes beginning with the current academic year. The conference will award $7,500 scholarships based primarily on academic achievements to one male and one female student-athlete from each of its 12 institutions who plan to continue their education.

Each Big Ten institution will develop its own procedures for selecting its male and female scholarship recipients. Student-athletes must be in their final season of eligibility, maintain at least a 3.2 grade point average, demonstrate leadership qualities, serve as excellent role models and intend to continue their academic work beyond their baccalaureate degree at a graduate degree program. 

The scholarship will be used to cover postgraduate education expenses which could include tuition, fees, room and board, required course-related supplies, books and related activities such as research and teaching. In order to receive the scholarship, the recipient must be accepted into a full-time graduate degree program within three years from the fall semester after selection.

The conference office will announce the 24 student-athletes earning the inaugural Big Ten postgraduate scholarships in May of 2013.