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Ithaca College Students Assisted with NCPA Study

ITHACA, NY — Ithaca College graduate assistants Matt Carolan, Ryan Dunn, Michael Lee and Lily Mladenova recently collaborated with the National College Players Association — an advocacy group for student athletes — on a study that has proven that “full rides” at NCAA Division I schools are leaving many student athletes high and dry. Working with the Chair of the Graduate Program in Sport Management and Media at Ithaca College, Dr. Ellen Staurowsky, and the NCPA, they discovered that 336 NCAA Division I schools that claimed to be giving athletes “full” scholarships, came up short, with an average annual shortfall of $2,951.

“The work I did was largely going through numerous Division I universities and getting their contact information,” Dunn said. “We didn’t really get rewarded, besides our pay that we get from the school as part of our assistantship, but the coverage has been pretty rewarding and extremely unexpected.”

For Mladenova, this has been a great learning experience. “It was rewarding to work on this study because it increased my awareness regarding this issue,” she said. “Before getting involved with the project, I wasn’t aware that such a substantial gap exists between scholarship funds and the total cost of attending college.”

Generating national interest, the study has been cited in more than 150 print and electronic outlets, including ESPN-1, ABC-News, the Seattle “Post-Intelligencer” and the Philadelphia “Inquirer.”

The school with the highest shortfall was the University of Arkansas at Little Rock at $10,962, and The University of South Carolina Upstate was the lowest, at $200.

The study and its findings are available at

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