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Athletes, admins debate scholarship stipends
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On September 29, 2013 @ 12:00 am In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Jerry Carino, USA TODAY Sports
Jen Hilgenberg laughs when she reads about the NCAA’s proposed $2,000 stipends for scholarship athletes.
A former captain of the Villanova women’s basketball team, Hilgenberg runs a customized merchandising business called Red Dog Glass. In her mind Villanova paid her handsomely — and continues to do so every time she makes a sale.
“It was absolutely a lot of work, but it was an amazing experience,” she said of her time in a Wildcats uniform. “As a business professional, it taught me almost every life lesson as far as being successful afterward: the teamwork, the commitment factor and learning how to prioritize your time, which is huge in the real world.”
Hilgenberg, who earned the Big East’s Sportsmanship Award as a Villanova senior in 2005, keeps her hand in hoops as an assistant at Division III Swarthmore (Pa.). She does not see the need for a stipend on top of a scholarship.
“As a Division I athlete, my question would be, ‘What do they need it for?’ ” she said. “Your room and food is paid for. You’re getting apparel. You’re pretty much taken care of until the day you go home over the summer. In four years, at the end of the day I didn’t ask for anything financially from my parents. The school provided it all.”
Not everyone views it that way, which is why the stipend idea has morphed into a national debate.
“I think there’s a big misconception a lot of people have — that a full scholarship takes care of everything. In reality, it doesn’t,” said Monmouth junior Julian Hayes, a leading rusher for the Hawks’ football team. “There are simple things like gas money, toiletries, clothing — things people take for granted. A student who is on an academic scholarship has time to bring in some extra income, whereas a full scholarship player most likely is not able to do that.”
Hayes is business management major whose current credit load includes courses in economics and business law and business history. Between football and academics, most of his waking hours are tightly scheduled.
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