Scholarship Use Policy Revision
The SMART Bowling Scholarship Funding Corporation is revising its scholarship
use policy to better protect student-athlete eligibility and ensure compliance
with collegiate and state high school athletic associations’ regulations.
Effective November 1, 2011, SMART scholarship funds may only be used for
qualifying secondary education expenses. All funds disbursement, after final
review and approval, will be paid directly to the educational institution. No
policy exceptions for direct reimbursement of SMART funds to a student or
parent will be allowed.
Qualifying expenses for SMART Scholarship funds include tuition/fees,
textbooks, meal plans, housing plans, required class supplies and equipment
necessary for the successful completion of a course or program at universities,
colleges, business schools, technical schools, trade schools or vocational
“A primary mission of SMART is to protect the eligibility of student-athletes,”
SMART Corporation Board Chairman Wally Hall said. “To protect their
eligibility, SMART’s policies must guarantee that scholarship funds are applied
solely for secondary education and prevent any use of money that could be
considered a cash prize or improper benefit.”
Under the new policy, SMART scholarship funds may not be used for sport
equipment or supplies; bowling and non-bowling sport camp, clinic or lessons;
private tutors’ fees; elementary or high school tuition/fees; costs related to
computer repair; normal school supplies; transportation expenses (including
parking permits); or clothing expenses.
A fully revised SMART policy manual is being developed and is scheduled to be
finalized next year.
Go to BOWL.com/smart for information on the SMART program.
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