The NCAA has announced the 13 Division I schools that will receive their Accelerated Academic Success Program grants for the 2022-23 academic year.
The NCAA annually awards more than $1 million in AASP grants to colleges and universities with limited resources to help drive academic programs and initiatives that tie to the graduation and overall success of their student-athletes. The majority of schools that receive funding are in the Football League Subdivision, although some programs do not sponsor football.
The 13 winning schools and awards are:
- Austin Peay State University** — $38,000.
- California State University, Northridge** — $75,000.
- Cleveland State University* — $100,000.
- Coppin State University** — $95,000.
- Delaware State University* — $100,000.
- Indiana State University** — $99,360.
- Nicholls State University** — $100,000.
- Norfolk State University** — $100,000.
- Southeastern Louisiana University* — $100,000.
- University of St. Peter** — $100,000.
- Tennessee State University** — $62,400.
- Texas Southern University** — $82,125.
- University of Tennessee at Martin** — $75,373.
*first time recipient /**repeat recipient
“We are excited to announce and congratulate the 2022-23 winners of the Accelerating Academic Success Awards,” said Felicia Martin, senior vice president of inclusion, education and community engagement at the NCAA. “Previous grant recipients have used the funding to make significant strides toward enhancing their student-athlete services and enriching the student-athlete experience. Each campus recipient has clearly stated a commitment to investing in resources and developing services to support the educational experience. and your academic success.”
The AASP was established in 2012 by the NCAA Executive Committee, which is now the Board of Governors. AASP schools can apply for up to $100,000 in annual grants. Schools are required to match at least 20% of the funds and provide a detailed explanation of how the funds will be used. Grants can be used to progress toward Division I Academic Achievement Program benchmarks, which ensure a campus environment that supports education and increases the level of academic success of student-athletes. The AASP has awarded grants for several years in the past, but has put that part of the program on hold until further review.
A selection committee made up of representatives from member schools awards the funding each year. Schools begin submitting their scholarship applications in February, with a deadline in May. Schools are also required to complete a final report at the conclusion of the school year.
Schools have used the grants in a variety of ways, including renewing areas of academic support, tutoring, training, technology support, summer school aid, faculty professional development, student-athlete support, and life skills development. Schools have also requested funds to help with student-athlete mental health, which may be related to their academic success.
The NCAA also sponsors an AASP Student-Athlete Career Development Award honoring two student-athletes from AASP schools each year.