Do Athletic Scholarships Impact Academic Success of Intercollegiate Student-Athletes: An Exploratory Investigation

Milton, Paul R.; Freeman, Dana; Williamson, Lisa M.
January 2012
Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics;2012, Vol. 5, p329
Academic Journal
The purpose of this study was to identify whether athletic scholarships play a role in academic success by determining if there was a difference in academic performance between male and female athletic scholarship student-athletes and non-athletic scholarship student-athletes as measured by cumulative collegiate GPA. A secondary purpose of the study was to compare male and female athletic scholarship student-athletes and non-athletic scholarship student-athletes as measured by cumulative collegiate GPA. The chi-square test of homogeneity was used to determine that a significant difference in GPA of scholarship and non-scholarship student-athletes does exist. The results also identified a significant difference existed in GPA of female student-athletes in both the scholarship and non-scholarship categories when compared to male student-athletes in the same categories. This study has several implications for the intercollegiate athletics department at this particular institution and perhaps upon further research on intercollegiate athletics.


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