DIVERSE REPRESENTATION SPORTS AGENT SCHOLARSHIP
On August 6, 2019, the NCAA enacted new requirements for agents interested in representing players testing the NBA draft waters. The new criteria required agents to have: i) a bachelor's degree, ii) National Basketball Players Association certification for at least three consecutive years, iii) professional liability insurance and iv) completion of an in-person exam taken in early November at the NCAA office in Indianapolis. Many argued the new requirements specifically targeted African-American agents, such as Rich Paul, who didn’t meet some of these new requirements. On August 12, 2019, in response to public criticism, the NCAA amended the stipulations, no longer requiring agents to have a bachelor's degree.
Despite the reversal of some of the NCAA agent requirements, there is still a lack of African-American agents in the sports industry and there are still countless hurdles African-Americans have to overcome to enter the field. In an effort to increase the number of African-American sports agents, Diverse Representation has established an inaugural scholarship fund specifically geared towards African-American students interested in pursuing careers as sports agents. We have assembled some of the most esteemed sports professionals to help us create a scholarship program and pipeline for young African-Americans to succeed and thrive as sports agents.
Demonstrated community involvement
Demonstrated interest in the sports industry
African-American high school junior or senior; college student
Completed scholarship application and accompanying personal statement
Application Period Opens: September 3, 2019
Application Period Closes: October 15, 2019
Scholarship Recipients Announced: November 1, 2019
Scholarship Recipients will receive:
Stipend to cover NCAA agent application and certification fees
Access to various sports-related resources, events and organizations
Guaranteed summer 2020 internship placement with a sports agency or team
Application form can be accessed HERE