Oklahoma State Athletic Director Chad Weiberg announced Wednesday that $5,980 would be given to all scholarship student-athletes across all sports beginning in the Fall of 2022 semester.
This decision stems from the Alston v. NCAA case in the Supreme Court last year, which gave universities the ability to provide more academic benefits to student-athletes in the form of financial rewards. The $5,980 being promised is the maximum legal amount a recipient can receive, according to the case.
OSU’s POSSE program has created a fund made to incentivize education with student-athletes known as the POSSE STAR Fund, which will give the full amount to every OSU athlete on scholarship.
“Many of our student-athletes perform at a high level academically, as well as athletically,” said Weiberg. “The Alston decision permits us to provide additional aid to reward student-athletes that are achieving success in the classroom. We are fortunate for, and grateful to, our POSSE members and donors who have taken their contributions to the next level to help provide these resources to help support our student-athletes.”
The Alston v. NCAA decision was a landmark case for student-athletes, and Oklahoma State is making sure to look out for its talented athletes across all sports. This fund, on top of the national surge that is NIL, sets the course for a new wave of compensation for student-athletes in ways that seemed unlikely five to ten years ago. OSU athletes like Spencer Sanders, AJ Ferrari, and Tori Ortiz have already had considerable success with their respective NIL deals, and the wave has only just begun.