Frank / Norrell Scholarship Program
Southwestern Athletic Conference

When Dr. James Frank retired as Commissioner of the Southwestern Athletic Conference in 1998, Dr. Gwen Norrell, former Professor and Faculty Athletics Representative at Michigan State University sent the SWAC a contribution of one thousand dollars ($1,000) to be used for a scholarship in Dr. Frank’s name, and promised to send the same amount each year until her death. Dr. Norrell worked closely with Dr. Frank during their many committee assignments and long tenure with the NCAA. Unfortunately, Dr. Norrell passed away recently (June/2004), but the scholarship program remains in effect.

Dr. Frank and his wife Zelma, decided to add two thousand dollars ($2,000) to the one thousand dollars ($1,000) annually to establish the Frank / Norrell Scholarship Fund.

The purpose of the scholarship fund is to encourage excellence in academic performance by student-athletes. Under this program, one male and one female student-athlete annually is awarded a $1,500 scholarship in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and potential for success in postgraduate study.

Qualifications for the Frank / Norrell Scholarship are as follows:
(1) Students must have been accepted in a graduate program in Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sports Administrations and Management or a related field;
(2) Student must have achieved an overall cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better (based on a maximum 4.0), or the equivalent in another recognized grading system;
(3) A student must be committed to work on a full-time basis toward a post baccalaureate professional degree;
(4) Student must have evidenced superior character and leadership; and
(5) Student has demonstrated that participation in athletics have been a positive influence on the nominee’s personal and intellectual development. Relative success in athletics is important but not of overriding significance.

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