Joseph R. Vallee


This poster reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process.



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Student-athletes are some of the most stigmatized individuals at Division I institutions. A great deal of research focuses on the challenges and opportunities of scholarship student-athletes, but a look into the lives of non-scholarship student-athletes is not present in current literature. Through qualitative, semi-structured interviews with student-athletes who do not receive an athletic scholarship, a greater picture of the non-scholarship Division I student-athlete experience was gained. These student-athletes face greater pressure as financial aid is largely tied to maintaining higher grades and the demands of athletic participation are very high. Findings showed that though students feel supported, the rigorous demands of being a full-time student and athlete can be an inhibitor to full engagement on campus. Implications and recommendations of this study provide the need for more research on this sub-population and ideas of collaboration to allow for full involvement of these student-athletes at their institution.

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Nasser Razek

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Counselor Education and Human Services


Stander Symposium project, student affairs, School of Education and Health Sciences


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Is It Worth It?: Experiences and Demands of Non-Scholarship Student-Athletes at a Division I Institution