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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