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Post-Collegiate Special Assistance Fund

USA Track & Field is proud to be building on the success of the Post-Collegiate Special Assistance Fund (PCSAF), which was launched in 2001. Last year, the PCSAF distributed more than $125,000 in aid and provided Elite Athlete Health Insurance to 55 post-collegiate athletes. The PCSAF fund was created to assist post-collegiate athletes who have completed their college eligibility but wish to continue their track & field career.

In order to receive funding from the PCSAF, an athlete must:

  1. Be a United States citizen
  2. Be eligible to represent the United States in international competition
  3. Have competed in the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships
  4. Have obtained an IAAF World Outdoor "A" standard at the time of application
  5. Have placed in the top three in their respective event, at anytime during their career, at the NCAA, NAIA, or JUCO Outdoor Track & Field Championships
  6. Not have a published income greater than $30,000
  7. Have completed and submitted a PCSAF application form
  8. Have completed (or forfeited) their remaining college eligibility within the past two years
  9. Be compliant with USOC policies regarding athlete support funds

The USATF Athlete Support Committee will be responsible for reviewing all PCSAF applications and for selecting the program's recipients and the amount of funding received. Funding will vary among recipients given that distributions are based upon an athlete's athletic ability as well as their "reported" financial need. All recipients must be present at the 2006 Elite Athlete Retreat in Cancun, Mexico, October 19-22, to be eligible to receive these funds. If you are chosen as a recipient, USATF will cover your travel and housing expenses to attend the Elite Athlete Retreat in Cancun. In addition, athletes will be required to attend an Educational Summit featuring seminars on drug testing, life as an Elite Athlete, USOC/USATF support programs, and media training. As noted above, most athletes receiving PCSAF funding may also be eligible to participate in the USOC/USATF Elite Athlete Health Insurance Program.

If you have any questions regarding the Post-Collegiate Special Assistance Fund, please contact Melissa Beasley at 317-731-4650 or by e-mail at

PCSAF Application (PDF)

Deadline: August 25, 2006

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