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.


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. The Former Player must have an enrollment plan approved by an AthLife Advisor at least ten (10) days prior to the open application deadline and include a detailed timeline for projected enrollment for the period of the award; and
  4. 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 constitute a Qualifying Program.

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.
  • Enrollment Plan:  The Former Player must complete an Enrollment Plan and submit it to his Program Manager or AthLife Advisor.  (Once the Enrollment Plan has been approved by the Program Manager or AthLife Advisor, 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 approval, 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 transcripts as part of the application process.
    • 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 (not weighted).  For the initial application essay responses must be between 500-1000 words.
  • 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:


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).
  • For qualified vocational institutions, technical programs and professional licensing programs, a Former Player may receive up to $5,000 (USD).

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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