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.
Milton, Paul R.; Freeman, Dana; and Williamson, Lisa M.
"Do Athletic Scholarships Impact Academic Success of Intercollegiate Student-Athletes: An Exploratory Investigation,"
Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics: Vol. 5, Article 17.
Available at: https://scholarcommons.sc.edu/jiia/vol5/iss1/17