WOMEN COACHES. ALL SPORTS. ALL LEVELS.

WeCOACH is proud to offer Academy Scholarships to a limited number of NCAA Women Coaches Academy participants each year to help offset expenses.  Full and partial Academy scholarships are outlined below.  Scholarship recipients are selected from the NCAA Women Coaches Academy applicant pool based on financial need, compelling Academy application responses, and satisfying the eligibility criteria specified by the donor (if applicable).

Attention WeCOACH Donors!  Please help us fund full and/or partial Academy Scholarships to send a current woman coach to our Academy cost-free. Donors may name the scholarship in honor or memory of a woman coach or male ally coach who has impacted your life (see “Legacy Coach Academy Scholarships” below). If desired, the scholarship may be earmarked for a woman coach in a specific sport to attend the Academy. The goal is to fund these Academy Scholarship opportunities in perpetuity. Monthly payment plans are available. After payment is submitted, complete this form.  If you have questions or would like more information, please email admin@wecoachsports.org.

WeCOACH Academy Scholarships

These scholarships cover partial expenses & annual WeCOACH membership dues.

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Hudl Scholarship

Our partner Hudl, has generously provided full tuition scholarships for five women coaches of color from HBCU institutions to participate in the NCAA Women Coaches Academy. These scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Scholarships includes a one-year WeCOACH membership.

Recipients will be selected from the 2023 WCA applications and will be notified at the end of February.

Eligibility
You must be a woman of color who is a coach, strength-conditioning coach, or director of operations at an HBCU institution.

Brianna Barry Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship created in memory of Brianna Barry, who was an assistant volleyball coach at George Washington University, and a 2016 NCAA Women Coaches Academy Graduate, will be awarded annually to an assistant woman volleyball coach at the NCAA Division I, II, or III level to attend the NCAA Women Coaches Academy. The memorial scholarship includes full tuition and a travel stipend.

The recipient will be selected from the 2023 WCA applications and will be notified at the end of February.

Geri Ann Glasco Memorial Scholarship

The partial scholarship, presented in partnership with the Natasha Watley Foundation (NWF) and the Glasco Family, is awarded to a woman assistant softball coach in the first five years of her career at the NCAA Division I, II, or III level.

The recipient will be selected from the 2023 WCA applications and will be notified at the end of February.

Legacy Coach Academy Scholarships

These Tribute scholarships cover Academy tuition, hotel, air travel (up to $500), meals, & annual WeCOACH membership dues.

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In Honor of Coach Marlene Bjornsrud

Marlene is simply an extraordinary human being and salt of the earth. She has been a mentor in my life for over 40 years, and now a dearest friend. As a coach, there is no experience that compares to having played for and later served as an assistant coach under her leadership. Her level of compassion, authenticity and love is second to none. She builds community in the most beautiful ways, even in the competitive realm. I consider myself one of the most fortunate people on the planet to know Marlene and count her as a dearest friend. What an honor to be able to provide an academy scholarship in her name. (The Rev. Dr. Joanne Sanders, scholarship donor, retired Senior Associate Dean for Religious Life at Stanford University, WeCOACH Board of Directors member)
 
The Marlene Bjornsrud Legacy Coach Academy Scholarship may be awarded to a collegiate woman coach in any sport who demonstrates the same ideals as the description of Mar outlines above.

In Memory of Coach Cathy Inglese

Cathy was the head women’s basketball coach for 27 years at Vermont, Boston College and the University of Rhode Island. Her relentless drive as a coach and person made her unforgettable for everyone who played and worked with her. I worked with Cathy for 10 years and she was also a mentor for many more. (Pam Borton, scholarship donor, CEO & Founder of ON Point: Next Level Leadership, WeCOACH Board of Directors member)

This Cathy Inglese Legacy Coach Academy scholarship will be given to a collegiate basketball coach who is driven, passionate, has the love of the game and someone who gives of themselves to their teams and program like Cathy did.

In Honor of Coach Marian E. Washington

Marian E. Washington and women’s basketball at the University of Kansas are synonymous. Marian left a lasting legacy at KU having coached for 31 seasons. She was also the first Women’s Athletics Director at the University from 1974-79. Marian led the Jayhawks to several AIAW tournaments, 11 NCAA Tournaments, seven conference championships, six conference tournament titles, and two Sweet Sixteen appearances. Marian was a great coach, mentor, and trailblazer. She was the first African-American woman to serve as head coach for a U.S. International team, guiding the 1982 U.S. Select team to a silver medal in Taiwan; and the first African-American woman selected as a member of an Olympic women’s basketball staff serving as an assistant coach on the 1996 gold medal-winning team. As we celebrate 50 years of Title IX, I can’t help but reflect on being one of Marian’s first scholarship recipients. Marian fought for us and all of the women’s athletic programs at KU. She made a real impact on my life and taught me how to be a leader, be competitive, and be strong. We are honored to provide a Legacy Coach Academy Scholarship in her name. (Kevin & Adrian Newell Charitable Gift Fund, scholarship donor).

This Marian E. Washington Legacy Coach Academy scholarship will be awarded to an African American collegiate women’s basketball coach.

In Honor of Coach Sue Semrau

Coach Sue Semrau, FSU’s all-time winningest women’s basketball coach and 2015 National Coach of the Year, retired in March 2022 after 25 successful years at the helm.  At the time of her retirement, Sue had two of her former players coaching on her staff (Brooke Wyckoff & Morgan Toles), and Coach Wyckoff was named Sue’s successor—someone Sue mentored since her playing days at FSU from 1997-2001.  While she did a lot of winning at FSU, Coach Sue’s legacy will forever be cemented for how she treated people, united the Tallahassee community, and has inspired so many former players, graduate assistants, and managers to pursue the coaching profession.  The “coaching tree” Sue has grown and cultivated is truly remarkable!  Coach Sue also coached WeCOACH CEO Vanessa Fuchs from 1997-2001, and this scholarship is dedicated in Coach Sue’s honor on behalf of all former players and staff whom she has positively impacted.

This Sue Semrau Legacy Coach Academy scholarship will be awarded to a collegiate woman coach in any sport who unites people and gives of themselves to their family, team, institution, and community like Coach Sue continues to do.

In Honor of Coach Jo Evans

This Legacy Coach Academy Scholarship is in honor of Hall of Fame Softball Coach Jo Evans, who is an exceptional softball coach and servant leader.  Evans’ success began early at the University of Utah where she led the Utes to the Women’s College World Series (WCWS) as a player and again as a head coach. Greatness followed with a career that has included over 1,300 wins, 22 NCAA postseason appearances and 3 more trips to the WCWS. She ranks 11th in all-time NCAA wins for softball. Beyond the hardware and accolades, Jo Evans’ lasting legacy is her selfless spirit and countless inspiration given to all of the student-athletes she has led along the way.  Undeniably considered one of the most humble and gracious coaches by her peers, Jo Evans positively embodies the WeCOACH mantra: WeTEACH. WeINSPIRE. WeMOTIVATE. WeLEAD.  (Samantha Huge, scholarship donor, RealResponse Executive Vice President of Collegiate Partnerships, 2023 WeCOACH Board of Directors President)

The Coach Jo Evans Academy Scholarship may be awarded to a collegiate woman softball coach who demonstrates the same ideals as the description of Coach Evans outlined above.

In Honor of Coach Linda Dollar

This Legacy Coach Scholarship is in honor of long-time Missouri State University volleyball coach, the legendary, Linda Dollar.  With a career record of 758-266-21 in 24 seasons at Missouri State, Linda Dollar ranked second at the end of her coaching days on the all-time list for wins in women’s college volleyball history.  She became the first women’s collegiate volleyball coach to reach 700 career victories in 1992.  In 24 seasons, she took Missouri State to 20-win seasons on 20 occasions.  Dollar was named the 1986 and 1990 Gateway Coach of the Year and the 1993 MVC Coach of the Year.  Dollar guided MSU to six finishes among the nation’s top-10.    Linda Dollar has served as a leader and mentor to many women involved in all areas of sport today.  I was honored to play volleyball under Linda and have benefited from her wisdom throughout my career. She gave me the passion for coaching and inspired me to care about people, support women coaches, and to give back to the sport.  (Dr. Cecile Reynaud, scholarship donor, retired women’s volleyball coach & former WeCOACH President).

This Linda Dollar Legacy Coach Academy scholarship will be given to a collegiate coach in any sport who inspires others to remain people-centered, supportive, and continually gives back to their sport.