College Scholarship Plan
The High School Baseball Web was able to obtain a copy of the actual contract agreement
for the Major League Baseball "College Scholarship Fund."
This agreement is between the signing professional baseball team and the player. It is
administered by the Commissioner of Baseball's office.
College Scholarship Plan
Agree that club will pay on behalf of the Player certain expenses under the Professional
Baseball College Scholarship Plan, as specified herein, in connection with Player's attendance
at an accredited college of his choice for a maximum of ___________ semesters, not to
exceed $_____________________ in any one semester. This College Scholarship Plan is hereby
made part of the parties' Uniform Player Contract, which may not be altered in any manner.
SEMESTERS If Player is enrolled as a full-time student in a college on the quarter
system, he shall be allowed two-thirds of the semester allowance in each quarter for
covered expenses. If Player is enrolled as a full-time student in a bi-semester or tri-semester
system, he shall be allowed the full amount of the semester allowance in each semester for covered
COVERED PAYMENTS: (reimbursable amount based on actual expenses)
Payments of up to the maximum amount per semester shall be made if Player is:
COVERED EXPENSES: (reimbursable amount based on actual expenses)
- Enrolled in a full-time course (minimum of ten credit hours if on a quarter system;
or twelve credit hours if on a bi-semester or tri-semester system) at an accredited college
- Enrolled part-time (minimum of five credit hours if on a quarter system; or six credit
hours if on a bi-semester or tri-semester system) at an accredited college or university in
pursuit of an undergraduate degree. Any such part-time enrollment shall be approved by the
Commissioner in advance of registration. The Commissioner shall reduce the maximum allowable
reimbursement for the semester on a pro-rata basis for each credit hour taken in a part-time
enrollment, based on a twelve hour semester system.
The expenses for which College Scholarship Plan payments may be applied shall be limited to the cost
of tuition, textbooks, fees, except scholarship payments may also be used for room and board
if the Player does not live at home. If Player resides off campus, he shall be reimbursed,
through his college, if possible, to the extent he would have been charged for on campus
residence. Player shall receive a living allowance not to exceed $15.00 per day.
NON-COVERED EXPENSES: In no case shall Player be reimbursed for: transportation to and
from college, automobile parking charges, medical insurance or infirmary charges, laundry or
garment cleaning, clothing, umbrellas, furniture, lamps, calculators, book bags, computer hardware
or software, typewriters, etc.
WHEN CLUB RELIEVED of PAYMENTS: Unconditional release of Player or his placement on the
Military List shall not relieve Club of the obligation to make College Scholarship Plan
payments. The Club shall, however, be relieved of such obligation should Player:
LIABILITIES FOR PAYMENT: The original signatory Club shall continue to make the Plan
payments even if the Player's contract is selected by, or assigned to, another Club; provided,
however, that, in case of assignment otherwise than by selection or on waiver claim, the
assignee Club may agree, through a statement set forth in the assignment agreement, to
undertake to make any payments which accrue subsequent to the date of such assignment.
- Fail to commence his studies within two years of his last day of active professional
- Commence his studies during his professional playing career and fail to attend college
within two consecutive years after Player's last day of professional playing service. Participation
by Player in Instructional League or Winter League play shall constitute the only reason for tolling
the time limitation.
- Commence his studies under the College Scholarship Plan within two years of his last day
of professional playing service, and fail to attend college within two consecutive years
of his most recent college enrollment.
- Be placed on the ineligible list.
ADMINISTRATION: The College Scholarship Plan shall be supervised by the Commissioner, or
by an administrator appointed by him, and all payments made under the Plan shall be made by
the Commissioner or by such administrator, but the Club liable for payments in accordance with the
above paragraph shall reimburse the Commissioner's Office promptly upon receipt of billing
to cover such payments. All payments under the Plan shall, where possible, be made to the college
attended by the Player.
COORDINATION OF BENEFITS BETWEEN THE INCENTIVE BONUS PLAN AND THE COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP PLAN:
In the event the Player has never before signed an approved contract and his Uniform Player
Contract contains both an Incentive Bonus Plan and a College Scholarship Plan, the
following coordination of benefits shall apply:
It is intent of this coordination of benefits that, to the extent earned, the cumulative
benefits received under either the College Scholarship Plan or the Incentive Bonus Plan
will offset any cumulative amounts due under the other Plan.
- The extent that Player earns benefits under the Incentive Bonus Plan, and has previously
been paid benefits under the College Scholarship Plan shall be deducted from any amount due
under the Incentive Bonus Plan. Any remaining balance earned by a Player, in excess of benefits
received under the College Scholarship Plan, shall be paid directly to the Player.
- To the extent that Player becomes eligible to receive benefits under the College
Scholarship Plan, and has previously been paid benefits under the Incentive Bonus Plan,
such benefits received under the Incentive Bonus Plan shall be deducted from any
amount due under the College Scholarship Plan. Any remaining balance due to the Player,
in excess of the benefits received under the Incentive Bonus Plan shall be paid
directly to the Player or the college.
(Authorized Club Official)