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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has received a $40,200 grant from the National Collegiate Athletic Association for a 2008-2010 NCAA Division III Ethnic Minority and Women’s Internship.

UW Oshkosh athletics director Al Ackerman currently is looking to fill the internship with a graduate student to assist with women’s soccer and the department’s fundraising efforts, which are headed by Darryl Sims, assistant athletic director and director of development for the Oshkosh Sports Complex.

“This is a great situation, and we’re delighted we won the honor of having this grant again,” Ackerman said.

UW Oshkosh’s first experience with this grant was in 2005-2007 when Alison Cesnovar was hired to be the assistant women’s basketball coach and NCAA liaison for the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC).

The grant program has been in effect since 2002 as a response to NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee findings that Division III has the lowest percentage of ethnic minority and female coaches and administrators among the three NCAA divisions.

The grant’s goal is to prepare individuals for full-time employment in an athletic administration leadership role.

To read more about the grant, click here.