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NCAA Division III Presidents' Council Proposes Eliminating Scholarships at "Play Up" Schools

USCHO.com reports that the NCAA Division III Presidents' Council has proposed eliminating scholarship awards at Division III schools that "play up" to Division I in one sport. Among the schools that would be affected by this proposal is Rensselaer, one of four Division III schools that play up to Division I in mens' ice hockey that also grants scholarships.

This proposal is subject to a final vote at the next NCAA convention in January 2004. According to the article, "Should the legislation pass, the options for {RPI, Colorado College, St. Lawrence, and Clarkson} would be to continue playing in Division I without scholarships, move to Division III, or move the entire athletic program to Division II or I."

Union College is the only Division III school playing up to Division I in ice hockey that does not grant athletic scholarships.

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