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Scholarship


Degree completion and vocational training are critical opportunities for a successful transition for Former Players, which is why The Trust’s education program includes a scholarship award benefit for meeting those goals. 

The Trust awards scholarships to eligible Former Players so they may obtain degrees at educational organizations, vocational institutions, technical programs and professional licensing programs.  Such programs must adhere to the Qualifying Programs Guidelines.


Eligibility

A Former Player is eligible for The Trust Scholarship award benefit subject to the following requirements:

  1. The Former Player must have completed at least two (2) Credited Seasons;
  2. The Former Player must have activated their Trust benefits. (To activate your benefits you must have completed the intake process with a Program Manager and signed the necessary Release Forms.)
  3. Former Players who reside in the United States must meet one of the following requirements:
    1. Be a legal resident of the United States
    2. Have been granted permanent residency
    3. Have a valid visa that does not prohibit educational studies
    4. Have been granted temporary protected status along with approved Notice of Action issued by Citizen Immigration Services and verified through CIS Form g-845
    5. Have been granted asylum along with the approved Notice of Action issued by the Citizen Immigration Services.
Qualifying Programs Guidelines

For tax and other purposes, The Trust maintains guidelines to determine which programs will qualify for scholarship funding from The Trust (“Qualifying Programs”). Qualifying Programs are generally those programs for which the prospective scholarship recipient is:

qualifying program chart

The Trust reserves the right to interpret this policy in its sole discretion or amend this policy at any time, with or without notice. The Trust also reserves the right to reject any applicant or any program in its sole discretion, regardless of whether such program constitutes a Qualifying Program. If you have specific questions regarding your program's eligibility, please contact your AthLife Advisor or Program Manager.

Application Process

Prerequisites to receiving Application:

  • Scholarship Webinar:  The Former Player must participate in a scheduled webinar or if unable to participate in the live webinar, player must view a recording of the webinar and complete a questionnaire signifying completion. The webinar closes four (4) days prior to the application deadline.
  • Enrollment Plan:  The Former Player must complete an Enrollment Plan and submit it to his AthLife Advisor (unless specifically told to send to Program Manager).  Once the Enrollment Plan has been reviewed by the AthLife Advisor or Program Manager, the player will be provided with the link to the scholarship application.

It is the Former Player’s responsibility to submit a completed and signed application along with all the supporting documentation, which must be received on or before the specified deadline.  A complete application includes: general information, confirmation of enrollment plan review by Athlife, program information, enrollment plan information and funding request. 

Receipt of Application Link:

  • Application (consists of the following key components)
    • Program Acceptance:  The Former Player must have been accepted into a program before submitting an application or must be enrolled.
    • Transcripts:  The Former Player must obtain and submit copies of his proof of undergraduate completion as part of the application process. This is required only for graduate school applicants.*
    • Essay(s):  In addition to a completed application, the Former Player must prepare and submit completed essays.  The essays should contain information revolving around the Former Player’s desire to advance his education. For the initial application essay responses must be between 500-1000 words. For subsequent scholarship applications, please see the Application Form for the minimum wording requirements. 
  • Application Submission Deadline:  The completed application and all other required material must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on the day of the application deadline.
Application Schedule

Scholarships are awarded three times a year. Eligible Former Players must be enrolled in The Trust and working with their Program Manager toward an educational/professional goal in their gameplan.

2017 Application Schedule:

Period

Open Application / Deadline

Award Notification Date

Period 1

February 6 – March 17

April 28

Period 2

May 22 – June 30

August 11

Period 3

September 5 – October 13

November 30

A Former Player is eligible to receive: 

  • For undergraduate and graduate degrees, a Former Player may receive up to $20,000 (USD) per calendar year.
  • For qualified vocational institutions, technical programs and professional licensing programs, a Former Player may receive up to $5,000 (USD) per calendar year.

Please note there is an aggregate cap of $20,000 per eligible Former Player, per calendar year (i.e., max amount for undergraduate/graduate degress and/or qualified vocational institutions, technical programs and professional licensing programs is $20,000 per calendar year).

The Trust Scholarship Award Benefit covers tuition and mandatory school fees, only.  Books, room & board, registration fees, travel, late fees, school fines and parking are not a covered.  The Scholarship Award Benefit expires within one (1) year from the date of your award letter notification.  Any unused or unapplied amounts do not extend or carry over beyond the expiration date.

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Scholarship Honor Roll

Former players who have completed degrees or certificates using the Scholarship Award Benefit

  • Stefon Adams, Associates Degree in Personal Training from Georgia State University in Winter 2016

  • Abdul-Karim Al-Jabbar, Certificate of Completion in Summer 2016

  • Brian Alford, Certificate of Completion in Winter 2016

  • Asher Allan, Certificate of Completion in Summer 2016

  • Ian Allen, Certificate of Completion in Summer 2016

  • Ian Allen, Certificate of Completion in Winter 2016

  • Roger Allen, Bachelor of Arts in General Studies from Missouri Western State University in Spring 2016

  • Jon Alston, Bachelor of Arts in Film from Stanford University in Winter 2016

  • David Anderson, Master of Business Administration from University of Southern California in Spring 2015

  • Obafemi Ayanbadejo, Master of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University in Spring 2016

  • David Ball, Master of Business Administration from The George Washington University in Summer 2016

  • Kevin Bentley, Certificate of Completion in Fall 2015

  • Darnell Bing, Master of Educational Counseling from The University of Southern California in Summer 2016

  • Darryl Blackstock, Bachelor of Science from University of Phoenix in Fall 2016

  • Michael Boley, Master of Business Administration from The University of Miami in Summer 2016

  • Jack Brewer, Master of Business Administration from The University of Miami in Summer 2016

  • George Bussey, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Sociology from The University of Louisville in Fall 2016

  • Deon Butler, Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Secuirty/Information Technology from The Pennsylvania State University in Fall 2015

  • Quincy Butler, Bachelor's Degree from Texas Christian University in Fall 2015

  • Tony Caldwell, Bachelor of Science in Communications from University of Washington in Spring 2015

  • Greg Camarillo, Master of Arts in Postsecondary Educational Leadership from San Diego State University in Spring 2015

  • LaMar Campbell, Bachelor of Arts in World History from University of Wisconsin in Fall 2014

  • LaMar Campbell, Master of Science in Educational Leadership Policy Analysis from University of Wisconsin in Fall 2016

  • Bobby Carpenter, Master of Business Administration from The Ohio State University in Spring 2015

  • Andre Carter, Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from University of California, Berkeley in Spring 2016

  • Kory Chapmam, CDL License in Spring 2016

  • Daniel Clark, Master of Arts from Liberty University in Spring 2015

  • Ben Claxton, Doctor of Jurisprudence from Mississippi College in Spring 2015

  • Evan Cooper, Master of Sport Management from North Central University in Fall 2016

  • Najeh Davenport, Certificate of Completion in Spring 2016

  • Najeh Davenport, Certificate of Completion in Summer 2016

  • Anthony Davis, Bachelor's Degree from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Spring 2016

  • Brandyn Dombrowski, Bachelor of Arts from Adams State in Spring 2016

  • Early Doucet, Bachelor of Arts from Louisianca State University in Fall 2016

  • Jeff Dugan, Certificate of Completion in Spring 2016

  • Jonathan Dunn, Certificate of Completion in Fall 2016

  • Bradford Edwards, Master of Arts in Education from Michigan State University in Winter 2016

  • Kalimba Edwards, Certificate of Completion in Fall 2016

  • Trent Edwards, Master of Business Administration from The University of Miami in Summer 2016

  • Carlos Emmons, Master of Business Administration from The University of Miami in Summer 2016

  • Darren Evans, Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University in Spring 2016

  • Brad Fichtel, Master of Science in Education from Canisius College in Summer 2016

  • Alfred Fields, Master's in Coaching Education from Ohio University in Winter 2016

  • Barry Foster, Master of Educational Leadership from Thomas Edison State College in Winter 2016

  • Brooks Foster, Master of Business Administration from The University of Miami in Summer 2016

  • Samkon Gado, Doctorate of Medicine from Medical University of South Carolina in Spring 2015

  • Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, Master of Financial Advising from Indiana Wesleyan University in Fall 2016

  • Leo Goeas, Certificate of Completion in Summer 2016

  • Willie Green, Master of Sports Administration from Ohio University in Fall 2016

  • Nick Greisen, Master of Business Administration from Medical Northwestern University in Spring 2015

  • Mario Haggan, Certificate of Completion in Winter 2016

  • Byron Hanspard, Bachelor of Science Degree from Texas A&M, Commerce in Spring 2016

  • Nic Harris, Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of Oklahoma in Winter 2016

  • Tommie Harris, Master of Business Administration from The University of Miami in Summer 2016

  • Jason Hill, Master of Business Administration from The University of Miami in Summer 2016

  • Sean Hill, Master of Arts from Barry University in Spring 2016

  • Priest Holmes, Bachelor's Degree from The University of Texas in Spring 2016

  • Tyrone Hughes, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from Southern University in Spring 2016

  • Sedrick Irvin, Master of Educational Leadership from American Intercontinental University in Summer 2016

  • Terry Irving, Certificate of Completion in Fall 2016

  • Javarris James, Master of Business Administration from The University of Miami in Summer 2016

  • Michael Jenkins, Master of Business Administration from The University of Miami in Summer 2016

  • Marquis Johnson, Bachelor of Science in Human Development Family Studies from University of Alabama in Spring 2015

  • Terry Johnson, Bachelor of Arts from The University of Washington in Winter 2016

  • Herana-Daze Jones, Master of Business Administration from Purdue University in Spring 2015

  • Omari Jordan, Bachelors from State University of New York at Buffalo in Fall 2015

  • Davin Joseph, Master of Business Administration from The University of Miami in Summer 2016

  • Matt Joyce, Certificate of Completion in Fall 2016

  • Matt Joyce, Master of Counseling from Arizona State University in Fall 2016

  • Bob Kratch, Certificate of Completion in Summer 2016

  • Vonta Leach, Certificate of Completion in Spring 2016

  • Brody Liddiard, Certificate of Completion in Fall 2015

  • Brody Liddiard, Certificate of Completion in Summer 2016

  • David Lindstrom, Certificate of Completion in Spring 2016

  • Anthony Madison, Master in Sports Counseling from California State University in Spring 2016

  • Charles Mann, Master of Business Administration from Strayer University in Winter 2016

  • Arthur Marshall, Certificate of Completion in Spring 2016

  • David Marshall, Certificate of Completion in Spring 2016

  • Lemar Marshall, Certificate of Completion in Spring 2016

  • Tim Massaquoi, Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Eastern University in Spring 2015

  • Jason McAddley, Doctorate of Pharmacy from Midwestern University - Glendale in Summer 2016

  • Kyle McCarthy, Master's in Positive Coaching from University of Missouri in Spring 2016

  • James McFarland, Certificate of Completion in Fall 2016

  • Stephen McGee, Certificate of Completion in Spring 2016

  • Garrett McIntyre, Certificate of Completion in Fall 2016

  • Michael McMahon, Bachelor of Arts Degree from Rutgers University in Summer 2016

  • Natrone Means, Certificate of Completion in Winter 2016

  • William Middleton, Master of Business Administration from The University of Georgia in Summer 2016

  • Brandon Miree, Certificate of Completion in Fall 2016

  • Brandon Miree, Certificate of Completion in Fall 2016

  • Devin Moore, Certificate of Completion in Summer 2016

  • Santana Moss, Master of Business Administration from The University of Miami in Summer 2016

  • Jesse Nading, Master of Business Administration from The University of Chicago in Spring 2016

  • Randy Neal, Master of Science in HR Development from Villanova University in Spring 2016

  • Eric Parker, Master of Athletic Administration and Coaching from Concordia University in Spring 2016

  • Troy Pelshak, Master of Business Administration from Liberty University in Fall 2015

  • Troy Pelshak, Certificate of Completion in Spring 2016

  • Randy Phillips, Bachelor of Arts Degree from The University of Miami in Summer 2016

  • Lousaka Polite, Master of Business Administration from The University of Miami in Summer 2016

  • Marcus Price,Certificate of Completion in Summer 2016

  • Taylor Price, Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management from Newberry College in Summer 2016

  • Lamont Reid, Master of Business Administration from University of Phonenix in Spring 2016

  • Tutankhamen Reyes, Master of Business Administration from The University of Miami in Summer 2016

  • Bernard Robertson, Master of Business Administration from Tulane University in Spring 2016

  • Ramzee Robinson, Certificate of Completion in Fall 2016

  • Johnny Rutledge, Education Specialist Degree from North Central University in Spring 2015

  • Tom Santi, Master of Business Administration from The University of Virginia in Summer 2016

  • Anthony Schlegel, Master of Business Administration from The Ohio State University in Spring 2015

  • Christopher Scott, Certificate of Completion in Fall 2016

  • Freddie Scott, Master's in Organizational Leadership from Huntington University in Spring 2016

  • Richard Seigler, Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University in Summer 2016

  • Adam Seward, Master of Business Administration from University of Southern California in Fall 2014

  • Chadwick Slaughter, Master of Arts from Walden University in Winter 2016

  • Jewel Smith, Certificate of Completion in Winter 2016

  • John Smith, Certificate of Completion in Fall 2016

  • Kelvin Smith, Certificate of Completion in Summer 2016

  • LeKevin Smith, Master of Business Administration from Strayer University in Fall 2016

  • Reginald Smith, Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies from University of Oklahoma in Spring 2015

  • Takeo Spikes, Bachelor's Degree from Auburn University in Fall 2016

  • Takeo Spikes, Master of Business Administration from The University of Miami in Fall 2016

  • Rich Stephens, Certificate of Completion in Spring 2016

  • Brett Swain, Master of Arts in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University in Spring 2016

  • Chris Thompson, Certificate of Completion in Spring 2016

  • Lester Towns, Master of Science in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Emporia State University in Summer 2016

  • Greg Truitt, Real Estate License in Summer 2016

  • Fernandus Vinson, Master of Arts from Liberty University in Spring 2016

  • Todd Watkins, Master of Business Administration from The University of Hawaii in Spring 2016

  • John Wendling, CDL Truck Driver's License in Spring 2015

  • Blair White, Doctorate of Dental Surgery from University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry in Spring 2016

  • Willie Whitehead, Certificate of Completion in Spring 2015

  • Willie Whitehead, Certificate of Completion in Spring 2016

  • Brandon Williams, Bachelor of Science Degree from The University of Wisconsin in Spring 2016

  • Chris Williams, Certificate of Completion in Spring 2016

  • Davern Williams, Master of Arts in Human Development and Leadership from Murray State University in Winter 2016

  • Roydell Williams, Certificate of Completion in Summer 2016

  • Karl Wilson, Certificate of Completion in Spring 2016

  • Jason Wiltz, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Sociology from The University of Nebraska, Lincoln in Winter 2016

  • Tim Worley, Certificate of Completion in Spring 2015

  • Tim Worley, Certificate of Completion in Winter 2016

  • Mansfield Wrotto, Master of Business Administration from University of Illinois in Spring 2015

  • Craig Yeast, Master of Education from Tiffin University in Spring 2015

  • Lance Zeno, Master in Sports Administration from The Ohio University in Spring 2016



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