In 1988, the National Collegiate Athletic Association established the Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship Program as a means of recognizing the contributions of the former executive director through encouraging excellence in academic performance by student-athletes. Under this program, one male and one female student-athlete annually will be awarded a postgraduate scholarship in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and potential for success in postgraduate study. It is intended that an individual named a Byers Scholar will be recognized as one who has combined the best elements of mind and body to achieve national distinction for his or her achievements and promises to be a future leader in his or her chosen field of career service.
-Have an overall undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better
-Have competed in intercollegiate athletics as a member of a varsity team at an NCAA member institution
-Be a graduating senior or be enrolled in graduate study at an NCAA member institution
-Have intentions of applying for admission into a graduate degree program at a properly accredited, nonprofit educational institution or into a post-baccalaureate professional degree program at a professionally accredited law school, medical school, or the equivalent, without restriction as to the national site of the institution
-Be committed to work on a full-time basis toward a graduate degree or a post-baccalaureate professional degree
-Have evidenced superior character and leadership
-Have demonstrated that participation in athletics and community service has been a positive influence on the nominee's personal and intellectual development
-Enroll into a graduate degree program within five years of being named a Byers Scholar
For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.