An analytical historical study describing aspects of specific collegiate athletic grants-in-aid
The general purpose of this historical study is to describe and analyze the objectives, characteristics, limitations, and changes which have occurred in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Athletic Grants-In-Aid Program. The study also have the following specific purposes: (1) to cover chronologically the history of athletic grants (known also as a scholarship or "full ride"); (2) to accent the changes, many redundant, which have occurred in the grant program; (3) to indicate how necessary the grant program has become to the economic success and wellbeing of athletics in the colleges and universities. The quest for professionalism and ethics, has resulted in regulations which guide most intercollegiate athletics in this country. The rules have been compared with the fine print of insurance policies written in flood or earthquake prone areas, or with confusing regulations promulgated by the Internal Revenue Service. The athletic grant program has helped those who might not otherwise have been able to afford an education. It has revolutionized college football and basketball, become a product that realizes million dollar programs reeling from athletic violations and NCAA probation since its legalization in 1952. This is a historical study of grants-in-aia programs at major universities (those schools considered to be Division I both in size and athletic status), with emphasis on six universities in Illinois. Of major significance are the areas concerning the evolution and chronology of the athletic grant program, NCAA financial aid rules, regulations, violations, policing, the student-athlete, unsuccessful grant proposals, and what the future holds for athletic grants and college sports. The findings of this study indicate: (1) the NCAA and its member schools have yet to determine how to govern or perfect the athletic grant-in-aid program, seen through constant change; (2) the enormous amount of money which a university's athletic program represents, its huge budgets and income from television contracts and championship events funds the grant program and the NCAA's constant bid to govern college athletics.