INDIANAPOLIS – The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has awarded University of Nebraska High School (UNHS) a grant to produce short video tutorials about the NCAA’s initial-eligibility rules. The tutorials will highlight current high school students who are navigating the initial-eligibility process while balancing busy athletic and academic workloads.

The videos will provide advice from the UNHS eligibility experts and encourage students to understand initial-eligibility standards, register with the NCAA Eligibility Center and create an initial-eligibility calendar for their high school journey. The school plans to create a content library of the tutorials, which it will house on its website and make accessible to students and educators around the world in spring 2016.

"We are honored to have been selected as an NCAA grant recipient, and we take seriously the responsibility of helping students understand what is needed of them to meet NCAA eligibility requirements. This project will not only benefit our many student-athletes—it will be a tremendous resource to student-athletes, parents and educators around the world."
Barbara Wolf Shousha, UNHS Director
The NCAA Eligibility Center recently awarded grants totaling $50,000 to 26 high schools and districts around the country. The grants support community-based innovation as high schools educate college-bound student-athletes about the NCAA’s new initial-eligibility standards. The grants highlight the NCAA’s commitment to ensuring student-athletes are prepared for academic success even before they arrive on campus.

More than 130 high schools and districts applied for grants of up to $5,000, which are to be used during the 2015-16 school year. Grant recipients are required to document their program or event and provide a summary report to the NCAA Eligibility Center, creating a resource list of winning ideas for student-athlete education.

"We are excited to support University of Nebraska High School as it seeks to educate its high school athletes about what it takes to become an NCAA student-athlete. We value our partnerships with educators around the country as we work together to ensure high school students understand the academic requirements to compete in college sports."
Todd Leyden, NCAA Eligibility Center vice president
Grant-winning proposals include community workshops; outreach to middle school students and parents; intensive, one-on-one academic planning with student-athletes in a large urban school district; educational summer camps; and development of video tutorials to inspire academic achievement in high school students. Grant recipients include both public and private schools and districts in urban, suburban and rural settings. Many recipients are poised to educate college-bound student-athletes in states which account for a majority of the students who register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Reports from grant-winning schools and districts will be featured on the NCAA Eligibility Center’s high school homepage throughout the school year.

College-bound student-athletes preparing to enroll in an NCAA Division I or Division II school need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to ensure they have met academic and amateurism standards for initial eligibility.