Jim McKay Scholarship

Scholarship Value: $10,000
Awards Available: 2

In 2008, the National Collegiate Athletic Association established the Jim McKay Scholarship to recognize the immense contributions and legacy of pioneer sports journalist Jim McKay. Annually, one male and one female student or student-athlete will be awarded a one-time $10,000 Jim McKay scholarship in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and their potential to make a major contribution to the sports communication industry or public relations. McKay scholars will be recognized as having a unique aptitude and commitment to the communications field while displaying the highest level of professional integrity, including the principles of truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness and public accountability, with the element of compassion that so infused McKay's long and storied career. While McKay scholars do not need a major in communications or journalism, they should demonstrate achievement in sport communication, public relations or at least show an interest in contributing to the field.

Please read the information below carefully and note that only the faculty athletics representative or the FAR Designee of the institution at which the nominee is a student or student-athlete may nominate qualified candidates.

All former student-athletes who earned an undergraduate degree from an NCAA member school are eligible to be nominated by that school for an NCAA graduate degree scholarship, regardless of when they received their undergraduate degree.


Students or student-athletes at an active NCAA member institution who:

A) Have an overall undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 3.500 or better (based on a maximum 4.000), or the equivalent in other recognized grading systems;

B) Are in their final season of NCAA athletics eligibility or will not be using any remaining athletics eligibility;

C) Be enrolled in graduate study at an NCAA member institution or be a graduating senior committed to enrolling in a graduate degree program within five years of being named a McKay Scholar;

D) Demonstrate efforts in the communication field or have an interest beyond their major to contribute to sports communication;

E) Ascribe to the highest levels of integrity, including the principles of truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness and public accountability;

F) Have evidenced superior character and leadership;

G) Have an understanding and appreciation for the legacy of Jim McKay, his contributions to sport broadcasting and specifically his award-winning oratory on the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.

Overview of nomination process

A) The Jim McKay Scholarship nomination is submitted by the faculty athletics representative (FAR) or FAR Designee. There is no limit to the number of qualified students or student-athletes that an institution can nominate. It is the responsibility of the FAR or FAR Designee to ensure all sections of the nomination are submitted to the NCAA national office not later than January 17, 2020.

B) FARs or FAR Designee must nominate qualified student-athletes using the application in Program Hub. System-generated emails will be sent to the student or student-athlete to notify him or her they have been nominated.

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