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About NACWAA Scholarships

NACWAA is fortunate and thankful for supporters who help us continue to provide educational and professional development opportunities for women in intercollegiate athletics. Contributions made to the NACWAA Foundation Fund provide our members with financial assistance to the NCAA/NACWAA Institutes for Administrative Advancement, Leadership Enhancement Institute and Executive Institutes, and NACWAA National Convention, while also providing the necessary resources to develop new educational programming and expand current programming.

In 2016, a total of 70 NACWAA scholarships were awarded.

Summer Institute Scholarship Opportunities

2017 summer institute scholarship applications closed on Friday, February 17

Women's Leadership Symposium (WLS) - Closed for 2017

Scholarships for Women's Leadership Symposium will be awarded to current NACWAA members who demonstrate a need for financial assistance. Applicants must complete anapplication form, which includes submission of a brief essay (500 words or less) and one reference in order to be considered. 

Scholarship includes: registration, meals, lodging, curriculum materials ($100 value)

Institute for Administrative Advancement (IAA) - Closed for 2017

Scholarships for the NCAA/NACWAA Institute for Administrative Advancement will be awarded to current NACWAA members who demonstrate a need for financial assistance. Applicants must complete anapplication form, which includes submission of a brief essay (500 words or less) and one reference in order to be considered. 

Scholarship includes: registration, meals, lodging, curriculum materials ($500 value)

The Nancy R. Thuer Scholarship for Institute for Administrative Advancement (IAA) - Closed for 2017

This scholarship, honoring the legacy and celebrating the life of Nancy R. Thuer, will be presented to a NACWAA member currently working in athletics with a passion for gender equality, Title IX and women’s advocacy issues, in any division, with the intention of advancing her career as a leader and pursuing equity for all women. A former Coach, PE Teacher, High School Athletic Director, Nurse, and avid supporter of NACWAA, Nance dedicated her life to helping others.  She was a collegiate athlete and wrote her dissertation on Title IX in 1973.  She loved the outdoors and was incredibly active enjoying triathlons, hiking, skiing, rock climbing, and kayaking to name a few.  In her spare time she organized Special Olympics events, shuttled the homeless and built homes for the under privileged in Mexico on numerous mission trips. Above all, Nancy lived life to its fullest.

Interested applicants must complete a brief essay (500 words or less) on how they demonstrate the qualities of Nancy R. Thuer - dedication to promoting athletic and leadership opportunities for women, tireless determination for helping others, with a compassionate/loving heart – and submit one reference in order to be considered. One woman will be selected in 2017.

This one-time scholarship is generously funded by the Institute for Administrative West Class of 2014 and friends.

Scholarship includes: registration, meals, lodging, curriculum materials ($500 value)

NACWAA National Rally Scholarship Opportunities

General Registration Scholarships - currently closed for 2017

NACWAA National Rally scholarships will be awarded to current NACWAA members who demonstrate a need for financial assistance. Applicants must complete an application form, which includes submission of a brief essay (500 words or less) and one reference in order to be considered. Ten (10) woman will be selected each year.

Scholarship includes: national convention registration ($415 value). 

Women of Color Scholarships - currently closed for 2017

As part of the NCAA/NACWAA Women of Color Initiative that works to address the needs and barriers women of color experience in relation to access, advancement and retention in collegiate athletics, NACWAA is pleased to offer scholarships to minority women currently active in the Women of Color Initiative who demonstrate a commitment to intercollegiate athletics and the student-athlete, support of advancing and advocating for diversity within collegiate athletics, and a need for financial assistance.

Applicants must complete a brief essay (500 words or less) addressing the criteria above, and submit one reference in order to be considered. Ten (10) woman will be selected each year with preference given to NACWAA members currently active in the NCAA/NACWAA Women of Color Initiative.

Scholarship includes: national convention registration ($415 value).  

The Chris Voelz "Cha-Ching" Fundraising Scholarship - currently closed for 2017

This inaugural scholarship, honoring the legacy and work of Chris Voelz will be presented to a NACWAA member currently working in intercollegiate athletics development, in any division, with the intention of advancing her career further within the fundraising and development arena. A NACWAA Past President, former board member, persuasive NACWAA auctioneer, and an extremely successful fundraiser during her tenure at the University of Minnesota, Voelz currently serves the industry as the Executive Director of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards – the most prestigious national collegiate sports awards program for women – and consults as a leadership gifts officer at the Women’s Sports Foundation. Candidates should demonstrate the qualities of Chris Voelz - dedication to intercollegiate athletics and the student-athlete, fearlessness, tenacity, integrity, and a "no doesn't always mean no" attitude in the realm of fundraising. 

Applicants must complete a brief essay (500 words or less) on how they demonstrate the qualities of Chris Voelz listed above, and submit one reference in order to be considered. One woman will be selected each year with preference given to NACWAA members currently active in the NACWAA Development Circle

Scholarship includes: national convention registration ($415 value), Fundraising Workshop registration at national convention ($60 value), and (3) nights hotel at national convention ($570 value).

The Judy Sweet Scholarship - currently closed for 2017

This inaugural scholarship, honoring the legacy and work of Judy Sweet will be presented to a NACWAA member currently working in intercollegiate athletics, in any division, with a staunch commitment to gender equity and Title IX. A NACWAA Past President, previous board member, former NCAA president, and long-time director of athletics at the University of California, San Diego, Sweet has worked tirelessly to defend Title IX and promote diversity issues. Candidates should demonstrate the qualities of Judy Sweet - dedication to intercollegiate athletics and the student-athlete, a passion for gender equity, and a preserving attitude.

Applicants must complete a brief essay (500 words or less) on how they demonstrate the qualities listed above, and submit one reference in order to be considered. One woman will be selected each year with preference given to NACWAA members currently active in the NACWAA Title IX Circle.

Scholarship includes: national convention registration ($415 value).  

**Note: for all scholarships listed above, in order to give those applicants not selected for a scholarship the chance to register for the convention during the early pricing window, applications will open in early July 2016 and close in August 2016, before the early-bird window closes.**