Georgia House of Representatives

01/24/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/24/2020 08:34

Rep. Scott Introduces Legislation to Create Postgraduate Stipends for Student Athletes

ATLANTA - State Representative Sandra Scott (D-Rex) recently introduced House Bill 766, legislation which would allow college athletes to receive a postgraduate stipend for participating in certain athletic events.

'These young athletes make millions of dollars for our colleges and universities, and now it is time that we make it right for them,' said Rep. Scott. 'College athletes dedicate countless hours of their time to compete in college sports, and House Bill 766 would provide an avenue for student athletes to be compensated for their hard work.'

House Bill 766 would create a stipend for student athletes that compete in certain athletic events, such as bowl games, championships, playoffs, tournaments and other similar activities. Under HB 766, 33 percent of revenue derived from these athletic events would be deposited into a stipend fund, which would be available to eligible athletes upon graduation. This legislation also seeks to promote higher graduation rates among student athletes, as well as create a source of income for student athletes who provide financial support to their families during their postsecondary education.

For more information on HB 766, please click here.

Representative Sandra Scott represents the citizens of District 76, which includes portions of Clayton and Henry counties. She was first elected to the House Representatives in 2010 and currently serves on the Defense & Veterans Affairs, Human Relations & Aging, Legislative & Congressional Reapportionment, Science and Technology and Special Rules committees.