The University of Nicosia has instigated a scholarship program to motivate and reward professional footballers, as well as support the overall educational outreach initiative.
Scholarships are awarded from a special committee comprised of representatives from the University, as well as FIFPro. The scholarship program particulars are as follows:
A) Five (5) UNIC-FIFPro Global Scholars: These are 100% scholarships, which will be awarded to participants with exceptional circumstances and are based on academic merit, financial need, exceptional services, exceptional life circumstances. These scholarships will be equally divided between the five continents and recipients will be derived from the sixty (60) Country scholars, as explained below. These Global Scholars will also be named “Global FIFPro Ambassadors for Education”.
B) Sixty (60) UNIC-FIFPro National Scholars: These are 50% scholarships, which will be awarded to participants with exceptional circumstances and are based on academic merit, financial need, exceptional services, exceptional life circumstances. Each FIFPro member country will receive one such scholarship and the recipients will be named “National FIFPro Ambassadors for Education”.
C) One hundred (100) UNIC-FIFPro Academic Scholars: These are 30% scholarships, which will be awarded based on academic merit and educational performance (top 10%). Recipients of these scholarships will be named “National FIFPro Ambassadors for Education”.
D) One thousand (1,000) UNIC-FIFPro National Outreach Scholars: These scholarships will be given based on financial need alone. These scholarships will provide reduced tuition fees, with a 50% maximum reduction, in order to promote accessibility to higher education in all FIFPro member countries.
All scholarship recipients will participate in local or global promotional activities, including but not limited to appearances at award ceremonies and/or participating in promotional presentations and/or staring in audiovisual promotional material and/or participating in any e-based promotional activities deemed appropriate.
Please note that scholarships are made available only to players, who are active members of one of FIFPro's member unions, at the time of scholarship application.
The University of Nicosia will make scholarships available on annual basis, which are valued at up to two million Euros (€2.000.000).