NFCA awards are available to member coaches
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The scholarship, created by the NFCA’s Diversity Committee, is awarded to a minority member coach who shows a commitment to working with minorities and growing the game of fastpitch in their communities and has a need for financial assistance to attend the Convention.
Mary Nutter Scholarship
The educational grant, named for the former Pittsburg State (Kan.) head coach and 1997 NFCA Hall of Fame inductee who founded National Sports Clinics, seeks to continue Nutter’s effort to provide softball coaches at all levels access to the best minds in the sport to help them become better coaches themselves. Recipients receive funding to attend the NFCA National Convention.
Geri Ann Glasco Memorial Scholarship
This Scholarship Presented in Partnership with The Natasha Watley Foundation and The Glasco Family is awarded to a female member coach in her first five years of coaching who shows a commitment to growing the game of fastpitch in her communities and has a need for financial assistance to attend the Convention.
Natasha Watley Scholarship for Social Change
The Natasha Watley Scholarship for Social Change, presented in partnership with Sue Enquist, is awarded to a Black coach who has created educational or athletic opportunities for their community, has removed and overcome obstacles through social change, or has opened doors for growing the game of fastpitch for Black girls or women. The scholarship is presented to an individual who embodies courage and commitment to break down barriers, create change within our sport, and has a need for financial assistance to attend the NFCA National Convention.
Wade J. Bruggeman Memorial Scholarship for High School Coaches
Wade J. Bruggeman, the late father of current NFCA Executive Director Carol Bruggeman, spent his entire 38-year career as a high school teacher, coach, and principal in the state of Iowa. This scholarship provides a way for Wade to 'pay it forward' for high school coaches to assist with professional development. This scholarship is awarded to a high school member coach who combines a shared passion for education and coaching while showing a commitment to youth education and growing the sport of softball.