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Awards, Endowments & Scholarships
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Awards, Endowments & Scholarships Overview:

Each academic year, eligible student-athletes can be nominated and receive NCAA, Summit League and/or UMKC Awards & Recognition. For more information about how to receive these and other awards, see your coach and Athletic Academic Advisor.

NCAA:

  • Postgraduate Scholarship - Scholarships are awarded annually to student-athletes who have excelled academically and athletically and who are in their last year of intercollegiate competition. Nominees must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and must have signified the intention to continue academic work as a graduate student at an academically accredited institution.  More information can be found here.
    • Past Winners:
      • Eilise O'Connor (2014) Women's Basketball
      • Kaelene Curry (2012) Softball

  • Ethnic Minority & Women's Enhancement Post-Graduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics - The NCAA awards 13 scholarships to ethnic minorities and 13 scholarships to female college graduates who will be entering their initial year of graduate studies. The applicant must be seeking admission or have been accepted into a sports administration or related program. More information can be found here.

Division I-AAA:

  • Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete Team - Each of the nominees is required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate study and have been a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletics credentials. He must have reached junior athletics and academic standing at the nominated institution (true freshmen, red-shirt freshmen and ineligible athletics transfers are not eligible) and have completed at least three academic semesters/five quarters at the nominated institution.  Nominated student-athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games listed on the nomination form.

  • Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete Team - Each of the nominees is required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate study and have been a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletics credentials. She must have reached junior athletics and academic standing at the nominated institution (true freshmen, red-shirt freshmen and ineligible athletics transfers are not eligible) and have completed at least three academic semesters/five quarters at the nominated institution.  Nominated student-athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games listed on the nomination form.
    • Past Winners:
      • Dayon Hall-Jones (2012)
      • Eilise O'Connor (2013)

  • Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year - From the Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete Team, one student-athlete is choosen as the overall Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

  • Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year - From the Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete Team, one student-athlete is choosen as the overall Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

  • Postgraduate Scholarship - Each of the nominees is required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate study and have been a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletics credentials. He/she must have completed eight semesters or the equivalent number of quarters at one institution. Nominated student-athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games listed on the nomination form.

Western Athletic Conference:

  • Academic All-Conference- In order to be selected to the Academic All-Conference team, student-athletes must have completed one academic year at the member institution, have a 3.2 or better cumulative grade point average, have participated in at least fifty (50) percent of the team's contests, with the exception of starting baseball and softball pitchers who shall have participated in at least twenty-five (25) percent of the team's contests, and are nominated by the institution's faculty athletics representative after consultation with the head coach. Indoor track and field and outdoor track and field shall be considered two separate sports. Student-athletes shall be listed by their academic year in school rather than by their athletic eligibility status. Student-athletes in graduate school shall be nominated according to their graduate school GPA.

  • Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll- Student-athletes who have completed two semesters or three quarters at the certifying institution, have a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average, or 3.0 grade point average for the past two semesters or three quarters, shall receive the Scholar-Athlete Award. The institution's faculty athletics representative shall recommend every student-athlete who qualifies. Any student-athlete who participates in an NCAA recognized sport is eligible to receive the award.

  • Stan Nates Award- In honor of former Commissioner Stan Bates (1971-80), the Conference office shall circulate annually to each member institution nomination forms for the Stan Bates Award. These nomination forms shall require one-page recommendation letters from the athletics director, the coach, and a faculty member and should comment on each candidate as a student, an athlete and a person. The awards shall signify the most outstanding male and female student-athletes who have a 3.2 cumulative grade point average or better and who are in their final year of eligibility. The awards shall include a $3,000 postgraduate scholarship with a five-year time limitation from the September following its presentation for acceptance or refusal. The scholarships are non-transferable and shall remain with the Conference if not accepted as specified. The five-year time limit may be appealed to the Faculty Athletics Representatives Committee for extenuating circumstances. Any student-athlete in his/her final year of eligibility who participates in a Conference sponsored sport is eligible to receive the award.

UMKC Athletic Department:

  • Scholar-Athlete - Awarded annually to student-athletes who earn a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA. Student-athletes are awarded at the Champions banquet each spring semester in April.

  • Academic All-Stars - Awarded at the end of each academic year to the team with the highest GPA.

  • Circle of Champions* - Presented annually to the best overall female and male athlete. This award is based on the individual's athletic performance while at UMKC.

  • Sam Davidson Award* - Awarded annually to an athlete attending UMKC who best exemplifies the ideals of scholarship, sportsmanship and goodwill.

  • Dutton Brookfield Award* - Awarded annually to a talented student-athlete who demonstrates great potential for the future.

  • Lester Milgram Award* - Awarded annually to a student-athlete who demonstrates excellent sportsmanship on and off the playing fields.

  • Stan Durwood Award* - Awarded annually to a student-athlete with the highest grade point average at a minimum of 100 hours passed.

  • Jack Gant Award* - Awarded annually to the best overall student-athlete at UMKC, which includes both athletic and academic performance.

  • David B. Milner Award* - Awarded annually to a student-athlete who, through persistence and determination, has been an inspiration to others.

  • Jim and Sally Job Award* - Awarded annually to a promising student-athlete.

  • Lee Hunt Award* - Awarded annually to a basketball student-athlete who demonstrates academic ability, moral character and leadership.

  • Dr. Henry A. Mitchell/People-to-People Award* - Awarded annually to the UMKC basketball player who most exemplifies Dr. Henry A. Mitchell's qualities of friendship, enthusiasm, sportsmanship and humanitarianism.

  • Cynthia Joy Gabel Memorial Scholarship Fund* - In memory of former Assistant AD for Internal Operations, this award is presented annually to an outstanding student-athlete.

  • Keith and Sammi Schreiman Award* - Awarded annually to student-athletes who participate in Women's Basketball and Men's Soccer.

  • Guy H. Bailey Scholarship* - In honor of past UMKC President, this award is presented annually to a well rounded student-athlete.

  • Charles and Kay Hanson* - Awarded annually to a member of the Men's or Women's Golf team.

  • Kenneth and Eva Smith* - Awarded annually to a member of the Men's or Women's Golf team.

  • Bill Ross Scholarship* - Named after Hall of Fame and former Golf Coach, awarded annually to an outstanding student-athlete.

  • Ralph and Rolaine Anderson I Scholarship* - Awarded annually to students participating in intercollegiate athletics, preferably Basketball.

  • AMC Theater Award* - Awarded annually based on need as determined by Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • UMKC Foundation Award* - Awarded annually based on need as determined by Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • Stanley H. Durwood Award* - Awarded annually based on need as determined by Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • Ralph and Rolaine Anderson II Award* - Awarded annually based on need as determined by Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), preferably Basketball.

* Award only open to student-athletes in NCAA and/or UMKC Varsity sponsored sports.

UMKC (all students):

  • Dean's List - Full-time student-athletes ranked in the upper 10 percent of their class received Dean's List recognition.

  • Vice Chancellor's Honors Award - This award recognizes graduating students who have excelled in academic achievement while actively participating in University and community activities outside the classroom.
    • Past winners:
      • Jordan Andrzejewski (2014) Women's Soccer
      • Sarah Meiners (2013) Track & Field/Cross Country
      • Aubrey Frederking (2012) Track & Field/Cross Country
      • Megan Ussary (2012) Softball

For more information about UMKC's automatic and competitive scholarships, click here.

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