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NACDA is pleased to offer, through the John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation, six (6) $10,000 postgraduate scholarships, to minority candidates who are planning to pursue a graduate degree in athletics administration.  The awards are in addition to any other awards or scholarships the student may have already received.  Through the support of the Fiesta Bowl, one of the six available scholarships will be earmarked specifically for a minority candidate from an Arizona based four-year institution.

Nomination Criteria

To be considered for a John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship, a nominee must:

1. Meet the federal guidelines for definition as a minority. These are as follows:
a. Black (Not of Hispanic origin) -- All persons having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa.

b. Hispanic -- All persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or other Spanish culture of origin, regardless of race.

c. Asian or Pacific Islander -- All persons having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent or the Pacific Islands. This area includes, for example, China, India, Japan, Korea, the Philippine Islands and Samoa.

d. American Indian or Alaskan Native -- All persons having origins in any of the original peoples of North America, and who maintain cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community recognition.

2. Have a minimum grade point average of 3.2 (based on a 4.0 scale) or its equivalent in the undergraduate curriculum. Candidates whose GPA is less than 3.2 will not be considered.

3. Be planning to pursue a postgraduate course of study in athletics administration within five years of receipt of the award.  If the candidate has pursued or will be pursuing a course of study that is unique, or if there are any other mitigating factors, please inform the selection committee of such cases and those circumstances may be considered.

4. Have demonstrated leadership qualities on a college/university or community level.

Candidates who meet the following may be considered for the scholarship:

  • Candidate has graduated and has a minimum of two (2) years experience in an athletics administration position; OR
  • Candidate is a current full-time senior and plans to pursue a graduate degree in athletics administration; OR
  • Candidate is currently enrolled in a full-time capacity in an athletics administration graduate program but will not have graduated before June 2017

In addition to the application form, the applicant MUST submit a 500-word personal essay explaining why he/she feels they are deserving of a McLendon Postgraduate Scholarship.  Furthermore, a brief one-page letter of recommendation from the applicant's advisor or supervisor must also accompany the application.

Applications must be received no later than Wednesday, April 5, 2017

For questions, contact Katie Newman (knewman@nacda.com) in the NACDA office, 440-788-7474.