In an effort to support academic programs that help student-athletes graduate on time, the NCAA awarded Morgan State University $887,700 Accelerating Academic Success Program Comprehensive Grant. The funding comes as part of more than $3.1 million in total grants awarded to nine universities. Morgan is one of two Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Maryland and six nationally to receive the funding.
The comprehensive grant, distributed over a three-year period, will be used to support Morgan’s efforts to meet the requirements of the Division I Academic Performance Program, which was developed to ensure schools provide an environment that supports education while enhancing the ability of student-athletes to earn a degree.
Universities can use the funds to increase academic support services staffing and space, technology upgrades (software and hardware), career planning, professional development and the increased availability of summer financial aid for student-athletes.
“The University is thoroughly invested in preparing our scholar-athletes for the future by helping them achieve success on and off the fields of play,” Morgan President David Wilson said. “As Morgan continues along the positive path of being a top producer of Maryland’s college graduates, these funds will assist us in building on the recent advancement in our graduation statistics, strengthening our position in this effort.”
Schools eligible to apply for the program must be non-Football Bowl Subdivision Division I schools in the bottom 10 percent of resources as determined by per capita institutional expenditures, athletics department funding and Pell Grant aid. Schools can request a maximum of $300,000 per year for three years, after which the participating schools are required to match grant dollars each year of the program, with direct funds and/or in-kind contributions. The schools must commit a 25 percent match in the first year, 50 percent in year two and 75 percent in year three.
“This grant enables our athletics department to build the appropriate academic support infrastructure that our student-athletes deserve,” said Edward Scott, director of intercollegiate athletics for Morgan. “Our focus will be on four areas: hiring staff, providing summer and winter classes, technology upgrades and professional development for athletics department staff and others across campus.”
The recently announced awards to the nine universities mark the fifth round of Accelerating Academic Success Program funding distributed by the NCAA.