University of Texas to pay scholarships to student-athletes in 2022
AUSTIN (KXAN) – The University of Texas Austin has announced that it will pay some of its student-athletes starting in the 2022 spring semester.
Eligible Longhorn student-athletes receiving a scholarship can receive an academic achievement award worth $ 2,990 per semester or $ 5,980 per academic year, UT said on Wednesday. Benefits will be awarded after review and confirmation of academic progress and program engagement, depending on the school.
“We are delighted to be able to provide our student-athletes with the additional, but equally important, support to continue to launch programs focused on their academic engagement and success,” said the vice president and director of athletics. UT Chris Del Conte. “Our student-athletes have a wonderful opportunity to engage in a world-class academic experience while pursuing athletic excellence at the highest level.”
The announcement follows a September Supreme Court ruling that allowed universities to offer student-athletes additional education-related benefits and direct financial support in the form of rewards for academic achievement.
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“It really makes me feel very appreciated as a student athlete in Texas,” said Lauren Burke, a UT softball player. “It shows how much they care about the athletes and they also care about our academics.”
UT officials did not respond to questions about how much they predicted the student-athlete payments would cost the school. It is not clear if there are any GPA requirements for the program.
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Burke says it’s a step in the right direction, and Texas is leading the way.
“It just takes some pressure off the financial situations people may find themselves in, whether it’s paying for their car or renting,” she said.