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:

  • Trust ReferralThe Former Player must be formally enrolled in The Trust (expand Eligibility drop down above for more detail) and have a referral sent to AthLife by his Program Manager no later than one week before the scholarship deadline.
  • 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.  Once the Enrollment Plan has been reviewed by the 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 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. 
  • 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.

2019 Application Schedule:*

Period

Open Application / Deadline

Award Notification Date

Period 1

February 18 – March 15

April 26

Period 2

June 3 – June 28

August 9

Period 3

September 23 – October 18

December 13

*The Former Player must be formally enrolled in The Trust (expand Eligibility drop down above for more detail) and have a referral sent to AthLife by his Program Manager no later than one week before the scholarship deadline.

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 on December 15th of the calendar year in which you were awarded. Invoices must be received by The Trust no later than December 15th at 11:59PM ET.  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

  • Husain Abdullah, Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution in Fall 2018

  • Stefon Adams, Associates Degree in Personal Training in Winter 2016

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

  • Brian Alford, Certificate of Completion in Winter 2016

  • Charles Ali, Bachelor of Arts in Crimminal Justice in Fall 2018

  • Asher Allan, Certificate of Completion in Summer 2016

  • Anthony Allen, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Spring 2018
  • Ian Allen, Certificate of Completion in Summer 2016
  • Ian Allen, Certificate of Completion in Winter 2016

  • Roger Allen, Bachelor of Arts in General Studies in Spring 2016

  • Jon Alston, Bachelor of Arts in Film in Winter 2016

  • David Anderson, Master of Business Administration in Spring 2015

  • Lester Archambeau, Master of Business Administration in Spring 2018

  • Obafemi Ayanbadejo, Master of Business Administration in Spring 2016

  • David Ball, Master of Business Administration in Summer 2016

  • David Ball, Master of Science in Clinicial Mental Health Counseling in Summer 2018

  • Jason Bell, Master of Business Administration in Summer 2017

  • Myron Bell, Bachelor of Science in Summer 2018

  • Jason Belser, Master Certificate in Business and Law of Sports in Spring 2018
  • Jacob Bender, Bachelors of Science in Business Administration in Fall 2017
  • Kevin Bentley, Certificate of Completion in Fall 2015
  • Christo Bilukidi, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in Fall 2018

  • Darnell Bing, Master of Educational Counseling in Summer 2016

  • Darryl Blackstock, Bachelor of Science in Fall 2016

  • Darryl Blackstock, Master of Business Administration in Spring 2018
  • William Blackwell, Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership in Fall 2017
  • Michael Boley, Master of Business Administration in Summer 2016

  • Jack Brewer, Master of Business Administration in Summer 2016

  • Anthony Brown, Masters in Business Administration in Spring 2018

  • Romby Bryant, Executive Coaching Certificate in Winter 2019
  • George Bussey, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Sociology in Fall 2016

  • Deon Butler, Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Secuirty/Information Technology in Fall 2015

  • Donald Butler, Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies in Winter 2019

  • James Butler, Executive Master of Business Administartion in Fall 2018

  • Quincy Butler, Bachelor's Degree in Fall 2015

  • Tony Caldwell, Bachelor of Science in Communications in Spring 2015

  • Greg Camarillo, Master of Arts in Postsecondary Educational Leadership in Spring 2015

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

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

  • James Cannida, Master of Sports Administration in Fall 2018

  • John Carlson, Masters of Applied Sport and Performance Psychology in Spring 2018
  • Bobby Carpenter, Master of Business Administration in Spring 2015

  • Ronald Carpenter, Master of Education in Athletic Administration in Summer 2017

  • Andre Carter, Bachelor of Arts in American Studies in Spring 2016

  • Kory Chapmam, CDL License in Spring 2016

  • Daniel Clark, Master of Arts in Spring 2015

  • Jeromey Clary, Master of Business Administration in Spring 2017

  • Ben Claxton, Doctor of Jurisprudence in Spring 2015

  • Ron Coder, Professional Coach Certification in Spring 2018
  • James Coley, Bachelor of Science in Business Management in Fall 2016

  • Evan Cooper, Master of Sport Management in Fall 2016

  • Lanell Culver, Doctrate of Physical Therapy in Spring 2019

  • Aaron Curry, Master's in Sports Leadership in Spring 2019

  • Randy Cuthbert, Doctor of Education, Sports Management in Spring 2018
  • Najeh Davenport, Certificate of Completion in Spring 2016

  • Najeh Davenport, Certificate of Completion in Summer 2016

  • Anthony Davis, Bachelor's Degree in Spring 2016

  • Britt Davis, Master of Business Administration in Spring 2019

  • Marcus Dixon, Bachelor of Science, Political Science and Public Administration in Spring 2017

  • Brandyn Dombrowski, Bachelor of Arts in Spring 2016

  • Early Doucet, Bachelor of Arts in Fall 2016

  • Jeff Dugan, Certificate of Completion in Spring 2016

  • Jonathan Dunn, Certificate of Completion in Fall 2016

  • Ryan Durand, Doctor of Chiropractic in Spring 2018
  • Kevin Dyson, EdD Leadership and Practical Practice in Summer 2018
  • Bradford Edwards, Master of Arts in Education in Winter 2016

  • Kalimba Edwards, Certificate of Completion in Fall 2016

  • Trent Edwards, Master of Business Administration in Summer 2016

  • Emil Ekiyor, Business Management Graduate Certificate in Spring 2018
  • Atiyyah Ellison, Bachelor of Science: Agriculture in Winter 2017
  • Carlos Emmons, Master of Business Administration in Summer 2016

  • Auston English, Licensed Professional Counselor in Summer 2018

  • Nick Ferguson, Bacherlor's in Interdisciplinary Studies in Spring 2018

  • Brad Fichtel, Master of Science in Education in Summer 2016

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

  • Joe Fishback, Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in Spring 2019

  • Barry Foster, Master of Educational Leadership in Winter 2016

  • Brooks Foster, Master of Business Administration in Summer 2016

  • Eric Frampton, Certification in Personal Financial Planning in Spring 2018
  • Samkon Gado, Doctorate of Medicine in Spring 2015

  • Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, Master of Financial Advising in Fall 2016

  • Jarron Gilbert, Master of Arts in Coaching and Athletics Administration in Summer 2018

  • Jason Glenn, Principle Certification in Spring 2019

  • Leo Goeas, Certificate of Completion in Summer 2016

  • Derwin Gray, Doctorate of Ministry in Spring 2018
  • Willie Green, Master of Sports Administration in Fall 2016

  • Nick Greisen, Master of Business Administration in Spring 2015

  • Quentin Griffin, Bachelor of Arts in Multi-Disciplinary Studies in Spring 2017

  • Mario Haggan, Certificate of Completion in Winter 2016

  • Chris Hannon, Master of Business Administration in Fall 2017
  • Byron Hanspard, Bachelor of Science Degree in Spring 2016

  • Leroy Harris, Master of Educaton: Sport and Athletic Management in Summer 2017

  • Nic Harris, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Winter 2016

  • Brandon Hayes, Master's in Education in Spring 2017

  • Donald Hayes, Bachelor of Arts in Afro-American Studies in Spring 2019

  • Joseph Haynos, Master of Business Administration in Spring 2018 
  • Tommie Harris, Master of Business Administration in Summer 2016

  • Jason Hill, Master of Business Administration in Summer 2016

  • Sean Hill, Master of Arts in Spring 2016

  • Isaac Hilliard, Bachelor of Arts in Criminology in Fall 2018

  • Priest Holmes, Bachelor's Degree in Spring 2016

  • Danan Hughes, Bachelors of Arts in Communication in Fall 2017
  • Tyrone Hughes, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice in Spring 2016

  • Josh Hull, Master of Business Administration in Summer 2018

  • Henry Hynoski, Master of Business Education in Spring 2018

  • Darryl Ingram, Mastor's in Sport Administration in Spring 2019

  • Sedrick Irvin, Master of Educational Leadership in Summer 2016

  • Terry Irving, Certificate of Completion in Fall 2016

  • Chad Jackson, Certified Surgical Assistant in Fall 2018

  • Stephen Jackson, Masters in Business Administration in Spring 2018
  • Javarris James, Master of Business Administration in Summer 2016

  • Michael Jenkins, Master of Business Administration in Summer 2016

  • Adam Jennings, Masters in Real Estate in Fall 2017
  • Jaymar Johnson, Master of Science in Fall 2017
  • Joe Johnson, Master of Business Administration in Spring 2017

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

  • Terry Johnson, Bachelor of Arts in Winter 2016

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

  • KC Jones, Master of Business Administration in Spring 2017

  • Kevin Jones, Master of Business Administartion in Summer 2018

  • Omari Jordan, Bachelors in Fall 2015

  • Davin Joseph, Master of Business Administration in Summer 2016

  • Matt Joyce, Certificate of Completion in Fall 2016

  • Matt Joyce, Master of Counseling in Fall 2016

  • Michael Karney, Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Fall 2014

  • Thomas Keiser, Master of Business Administration in Summer 2018

  • Roger Knight, Master of Engineering Management in Spring 2019

  • Adam Koets, CFP Certification Education Program in Spring 2019

  • Kevin Kowalski, First Aid and Personal Training Certification from Red Cross in Summer 2017

  • Kevin Kowalski, Master of Divinity in Spring 2019

  • Bob Kratch, Certificate of Completion in Summer 2016

  • Edmund Kugbila, Organizational Leadership in Fall 2017
  • Brad Lamb, Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education in Summer 2018

  • Vonta Leach, Certificate of Completion in Spring 2016

  • Lance Legree, Doctrate of Education - Organizational Change and Leadership in Spring 2019

  • Ashley Lelie, Master of Business Administration in Spring 2018
  • Brody Liddiard, Certificate of Completion in Fall 2015

  • Brody Liddiard, Certificate of Completion in Summer 2016

  • Rian Lindell, Master's in Education in Summer 2018

  • David Lindstrom, Certificate of Completion in Spring 2016

  • Kenyatta Lucas, Bachelor of Business Administration in Fall 2017
  • Corey Mace, Bachelors in Social Science in Fall 2017
  • Anthony Madison, Master in Sports Counseling in Spring 2016

  • Charles Mann, Master of Business Administration 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 in Spring 2015

  • Corey Mays, Executive Master's of Business Administration in Spring 2018
  • Jason McAddley, Doctorate of Pharmacy in Summer 2016

  • Kyle McCarthy, Master's in Positive Coaching in Spring 2016

  • Quintus McDonald, Bachelor of Arts in Communication in Spring 2019

  • James McFarland, Certificate of Completion in Fall 2016

  • Stephen McGee, Certificate of Completion in Spring 2016

  • Garrett McIntyre, Certificate of Completion in Fall 2016

  • Ryan McKee, Masters of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies in Spring 2018
  • Michael McMahon, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Summer 2016

  • Natrone Means, Certificate of Completion in Winter 2016

  • Kerry Meier, Master of Science in Excercise Science in Fall 2017

  • Terrence Metcalf, Master of Education - Interscholastic Athletic Administartion in Spring 2019

  • William Middleton, Master of Business Administration in Summer 2016

  • Chris Miller, Bachelor's in Interdisciplinary Studies in Fall 2019

  • Chase Minnifield, Master in Sports Administration in Spring 2017

  • Brandon Miree, Certificate of Completion in Fall 2016

  • Brandon Miree, Certificate of Completion in Fall 2016

  • Michael Mohamed, Master of Business Administration in Fall 2017

  • David Moore, Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science in Spring 2018
  • Devin Moore, Certificate of Completion in Summer 2016

  • James Morris, Master of Science in Finance in Spring 2019

  • Santana Moss, Master of Business Administration in Summer 2016

  • DeShone Myles, Master of Justice Management in Spring 2018
  • Jesse Nading, Master of Business Administration in Spring 2016

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

  • Michael Newell, Principle Certification, Educational Leadership in Summer 2018

  • Chadwick Nkang, Bachelor of Arts in Fall 2017
  • Benjamin Obomanu, Juris Doctor in Spring 2018
  • Scott Osborne, Executive Leadership Certificate in Spring 2019

  • Babatunde Oshinowow Jr, Master of Business Administration in Spring 2019

  • Ogemdi Nwagbuo, Master of Business Administration in Spring 2017

  • Anton Palepoi, Bachelor of Science in Sociology in Fall 2017
  • Eric Parker, Master of Athletic Administration and Coaching in Spring 2016

  • Troy Pelshak, Master of Business Administration in Fall 2015

  • Troy Pelshak, Certificate of Completion in Spring 2016

  • Randy Phillips, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Summer 2016

  • Kealoha Pilares, Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Services in Spring 2018
  • David Pittman, Master of Business Administarion in Spring 2018

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

  • Jeffery Posey, Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Fall 2018

  • Shaun Prater, Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Fall 2017
  • Shaun Prater, Master of Legal Studies in Spring 2019

  • Christopher Pressley, Master's in Business Administration in Summer 2018

  • Michael Preston, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Spring 2019

  • Marcus Price,Certificate of Completion in Summer 2016

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

  • Keiwan Ratliff, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in Summer 2018

  • Lamont Reid, Master of Business Administration in Spring 2016

  • Tutankhamen Reyes, Master of Business Administration in Summer 2016

  • Bernard Robertson, Master of Business Administration in Spring 2016

  • Ramzee Robinson, Certificate of Completion in Fall 2016

  • Brian Rolle, Master of Business Administration in Summer 2018
  • Jermaine Ross, Master of Business Administartion in Summer 2018

  • Raleigh Roundtree, Master's in Education in Summer 2018

  • Wardell Rouse, Master of Education in Spring 2017

  • Lee Rouson, Masters in Business Administration in Fall 2017
  • Johnny Rutledge, Education Specialist Degree in Spring 2015

  • Tom Santi, Master of Business Administration in Summer 2016

  • Anthony Schlegel, Master of Business Administration in Spring 2015

  • Christopher Scott, Certificate of Completion in Fall 2016

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

  • Tim Seder, Master of Athletic Administration in Spring 2017

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

  • Jordan Senn, Medical School Pre-Reqs in Winter 2017

  • Jordan Senn, Medical Schol Requirements in Winter 2017
  • Mark Setterstrom, Master of Science in Strategic Management in Winter 2018

  • Adam Seward, Master of Business Administration in Fall 2014

  • Adam Seward, Master of Arts in Education / Specialization in Teacher Leadership in Summer 2018
  • Ernie Sims III, Bachelor of Science in Social Science in Summer 2018

  • Matthew Sinclair, Master's in the Professional Study of the Psychology of Leadership in Spring 2019

  • Chadwick Slaughter, Master of Arts 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

  • Kevin Smith, Certificate of Completion for Machinist Training Program in Spring 2017

  • LeKevin Smith, Master of Business Administration in Fall 2016

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

  • Stephen Spach, Master of Business Administration in Summer 2018

  • Blake Spence, Firefighter Certification in Spring 2019

  • Takeo Spikes, Bachelor's Degree in Fall 2016

  • Takeo Spikes, Master of Business Administration in Fall 2016

  • Jason Spitz, Master of Business Administration in Fall 2018

  • Derek Stanley, Bachelor of Science in Education (Health/Human Performance} in Fall 2018

  • Rich Stephens, Certificate of Completion in Spring 2016

  • Jeremy Stewart, Master of Business Administration - Finance Concentration in Spring 2019

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

  • Ben Taylor, Master of Science in Sport Management Studies in Spring 2018
  • Christopher Taylor, Real Estate Certification in Spring 2017

  • Robert Taylor, Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership & Learning in Fall 2017
  • Matt Tennant, Masters in Business Administration in Spring 2018
  • Chris Thompson, Certificate of Completion in Spring 2016

  • Jeremy Thompson, Doctor of Medicine in Spring 2017

  • Timothy Toone, Bachelor's in Nursing in Fall 2017
  • Lester Towns, Master of Science in Health, Physical Education and Recreation in Summer 2016

  • Greg Truitt, Real Estate License in Summer 2016

  • R-Kal Truluck, Real Estate Broker from IFREC in Spring 2017
  • Justin Tuck, Masters in Business Management and Entrepreneurship in Spring 2018
  • Bradlee Van Pelt, Master of Business Administration in Summer 2018

  • Fernandus Vinson, Master of Arts in Spring 2016

  • Todd Wade, Master of Business Administration in Spring 2017

  • Todd Watkins, Master of Business Administration in Spring 2016

  • Damon Watts, Master of Education in Educational Leadership in Summer 2017

  • Thomas Welch, Master of Business Administration in Spring 2017
  • John Wendling, CDL Truck Driver's License in Spring 2015

  • Blair White, Doctorate of Dental Surgery in Spring 2016

  • Blair White, Graduate Orthodontics Program in Spring 2018

  • Blair White, Masters in Orthadontics in Summer 2018
  • Willie Whitehead, Certificate of Completion in Spring 2015

  • Willie Whitehead, Certificate of Completion in Spring 2016

  • Brandon Williams, Bachelor of Science Degree in Spring 2016

  • Brock Williams, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in Spring 2018

  • Chris Williams, Certificate of Completion in Spring 2016

  • Davern Williams, Master of Arts in Human Development and Leadership in Winter 2016

  • Roy Williams, Bachelors in Multidisciplinary Studies in Fall 2017
  • 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 in Winter 2016

  • Brian Witherspoon, Bachelor of Science in Fall 2017
  • Kenneth Woodard, Bachelor of Construction Science Management in Spring 2019

  • Donnell Woolford, Bachelor of Science in Parks and Recreation Management in Fall 2018

  • Tim Worley, Certificate of Completion in Spring 2015

  • Tim Worley, Certificate of Completion in Winter 2016

  • Mansfield Wrotto, Master of Business Administration in Spring 2015

  • Craig Yeast, Master of Education in Spring 2015

  • Ryan Young, Master's in Practical Theology in Spring 2018
  • Lance Zeno, Master in Sports Administration in Spring 2016



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