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Alcorn State earns grant from NCAA

BIRMINGHAM (SWAC.org) - The NCAA has awarded more than $4 million in grants to nine Division I schools – including Alcorn State University and Texas Southern University - to support academic programs that help student-athletes earn their degrees.

Alcorn State is a recipient of the Accelerating Academic Success Program Comprehensive Grant (multi-year) worth $900,000, while Texas Southern received the  Accelerated Academic Success Program Initiatives Grant (single year) worth $80,608.

The grants help schools improve the academic success of their student-athletes.  The goal is to support the school’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.

Schools eligible to apply for the program are non-FBS Division I schools in the bottom 10 percent of resources as determined by per capita institutional expenditures, athletics department funding and Pell Grant aid.

The comprehensive grants will be distributed over a three-year period and used to fund increased academic support services staffing and space; technology upgrades (software and hardware); career planning; professional development; and increased availability of summer financial aid for student-athletes.

The announced awards mark the third round of Accelerating Academic Success Program funding distributed by the NCAA.

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