University of Texas to pay some scholarship student-athletes in 2022

AUSTIN (KXAN) – The University of Texas Austin announced that it will pay some of its student-athletes from the spring 2022 semester.

Qualified Longhorn student-scholarship scholarships can receive an academic achievement award worth $ 2,990 per year. vacation or $ 5,980 per. academic year, UT announced on Wednesday. Grants will be awarded after review and confirmation of academic progress and program engagement, the school said.

“We are excited to be able to provide our student-athletes with additional support, but just as importantly, to continue to launch programs that focus on their academic commitment and success,” said UT Vice President and Athletic Director Chris Del Conte . “Our student-athletes have a wonderful opportunity to engage in a world-class academic experience while striving for top-level athletic expertise.”

The announcement comes after a ruling by the Supreme Court in September, which allowed universities to provide student-athletes with additional education-related benefits and direct financial support in the form of academic achievement awards.

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“It really makes me feel super valued as a student athlete in Texas,” said Lauren Burke, a UT Softball player. “It just shows how much they care about the athletes, and they care about our academics, too.”

UT officials did not answer questions about how much they expect student-athlete payments to 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 at the forefront of that.

“It just removes some pressure from financial situations people may be in, whether it’s their car payment, whether it’s rent,” she said.

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