Ever hear your coaches or parents stress the importance of academics and making the proper grades to play a college sport? Well, it's more important than ever before as the NCAA has increased the requirements for high school athletes to qualify to play a college sport. Get with your high school counselor and map out a plan to keep you on track and keep your dream of playing a college sport alive.
Starting with the Class of 2016 (high school freshmen), the changes are as follows;
An athlete must finish 10 core classes before his/her senior year. Seven of the 10 courses must be successfully completed in English, math and science. See below for the definition of a core class.
Athletes must have a minimum GPA of 2.3, up from 2.0.
You can be an academic redshirt your freshman with a 2.0 GPA. You will only be able to practice with the team the first semester.
Minimum GPA for junior college transfers increased to 2.5, up from 2.3.
For Division II, you have to have a minimum GPA of 2.0.
Along with GPA's, the NCAA takes into account your SAT and ACT scores as well. Here's how the NCAA incorporates standardize tests:
Division I uses a sliding scale to match test scores and core grade-point averages (GPA).
Division II requires a minimum SAT score of 820 or an ACT sum score of 68.
The SAT score used for NCAA purposes includes only the critical reading and math sections. The writing section of the SAT is not used.
The ACT score used for NCAA purposes is a sum of the following four sections: English, mathematics, reading and science.
NW Flyers Awards College Scholarship Grants in 2015
The NW Flyers scholarship committee awards college scholarships to recent high school graduates of the track club.This is the 9th year of the scholarship program.The winner of the NW Flyers college scholarship award for 2015 is:
AthleteHigh School (Year)College
Akuira Young Tomball Memorial HS Rice University
Past athletes receiving awards from the NW Flyers scholarship program include:
AthleteHigh School (Year)College
Rodney Ripley Klein Oak HS Texas A&M Univ
Daina Harper Cypress Creek HS Univ of Arkansas
Rashad Martin Jersey Village HS Stephen F Austin Univ
Leslie Schilsky Cypress Creek HS Rice Univ
Devin Bogert Home school (2011) Texas A&M Univ
Krystyn Bradley Klein HS (2011) Texas A&M Univ
Tunde Leshi Cy-Springs HS (2011) Texas Tech Univ
Jordan Hofbauer Langham Creek HS (2010) Univ of Houston
Kelley Roach Cy-Creek HS (2010) Cornell Univ
Lauren Rover Concordia Luth HS (2010) Baylor Univ
Alexandra Roach Cy-Creek HS (2008) Southern Methodist Univ Kalie Rover Concordia Luth HS (2008) Baylor Univ Charlissa Foster Cameron Yoe HS (2007) Univ of Houston Charles Foster Cameron Yoe HS (2007) Univ of Houston Adrian Guzman Klein HS (2006) Univ of Houston Bradley Hibbert Cy-Creek HS (2006) Michigan State Josh Posten Houston Christian (2006) Texas A &M Lindsay Roach Cy-Creek HS (2006) Duke Univ Norman Saunders III Scarborough HS (2005) Lamar University
NW Flyers athletes graduating high school in 2014, we encourage you to apply for next year’s scholarship.For more information on the NW Flyers scholarship program please contact Dr. Kerry Kirkman, the committee chairperson or Pal Roach, director.Applications can be found on the team website.