Five Sport Management Grad Students at UMass Amherst Receive NCAA Scholarships

AMHERST, Mass. - Five out of the 29 graduate students who this fall began their studies toward a master’s degree in sport management at the University of Massachusetts are recipients of NCAA post-graduate scholarships.

That’s a record number for the UMass program, according to Glenn Wong, chair of the department of sport studies. Two of the students have been awarded NCAA Women’s Enhancement Program Post-Graduate Scholarships; two have received Post-Graduate Scholarships for Student-Athletes; and one is the recipient of an NCAA Minority Enhancement Program Post-Graduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics.

"To receive this prestigious award," says Wong, "is not only a credit to these students but also to our program and the University as a whole. The selection of these five students attests to the quality of students who are attracted to our graduate program."

The NCAA Women’s Enhancement and Ethnic Minority Programs annually award 10 scholarships each to women and members of ethnic minorities. Each award is valued at $6,000. Post-Graduate Scholarships for Student-Athletes are awarded every year to 174 student-athletes who have excelled academically and athletically and who are in their last year of eligibility. Those awards are one-time grants amounting to $5,000.

The UMass graduate students receiving the NCAA scholarships are:

Women’s Enhancement Program: Amy Giovanni, of Sunnyvale, CA, volleyball player and graduate of the University of California San Diego; Jane Skillman, of Princeton, New Jersey, a graduate of Stanford University and champion swimmer;

Post-Graduate Scholarship Program for Student-Athletes: Elizabeth Fagan, of Shrewsbury, New Jersey, who played field hockey and lacrosse at Princeton University; Jonathan Kinloch, of Bellingham, WA, a graduate of Gonzaga University, where he played basketball; Minority Enhancement Program for Careers in Athletics: Tiffany Walker, of Athens, Georgia, basketball player and graduate of the University of Georgia.

The sport management program was established at UMass in 1972. Its graduates work in the front offices of professional sports teams, college athletic departments, sports marketing firms and law offices, professional league and amateur sports offices, spectator facilities, athletic merchandise manufacturers and fitness and health clubs.