APE Track Grant


The CSU, Chico Adapted Physical Education Program TRACK Grant is currently not being offered for both Academic Year and Summer programs.  Please check with the Program Director to find out when grant funding will be available again. 

About the TRACK Grant

The Training & Research for Autism & Collaboration in Kinesiology Grant (TRACK Grant) is a federal grant to train students to work with children with disabilities in the field of adapted physical education.  Students pursuing an APE Authorization or a Master’s degree in Adapted Physical Activity may apply for the program. 

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, the program is aimed at increasing the supply of qualified personnel in the field of special education. This program awards competitive grants to Institutions of Higher Education to support scholars receiving training to provide special education and related services to children and youth with disabilities. Scholars who receive funding agree to work in the field of special education or related services for two years for each year of support they receive.  CSU, Chico is one of the few APE programs in the country to have received this award.

Academic Year and Summer Programs

Students may apply for funding for the academic year program or the summer program of the APE TRACK Grant. 

Academic year grant recipients receive a maximum of $15,815 funding over a maximum of four semesters, for stipend awards, books, and travel to conferences.

Summer grant recipients receive a maximum of $4,500 funding split over two consecutive summers.

A Service Obligation is Required

If you are accepted into the APE TRACK Grant program and receive funding, you will be required to work in the field of special education or related services for two years for each year you have received funding. The Personnel Development Program Data Collection Center (DCC) is responsible for tracking the service obligations of scholars funded by our grant.  You will also be required to update DCC annually with your contact and employment information. Visit https://pdp.ed.gov/OSEP/Scholar for complete information about the service obligation process.

There are several documents you should read before applying for the APE TRACK Grant:

  1. Read Personnel Development Program Regulations for complete regulations about the service obligation required for this grant program, including definitions of terms, regulations and requirements for the grantee (CSU, Chico), and regulations and requirements for scholars.
  2. Read Frequently Asked Questions: Service Obligation and Repayment Requirements for specific details about the service obligation, repayment requirements, types of eligible employment, special circumstances, and much more.
  3. Read Frequently Asked Questions about the Service Obligation Tracking System, the system you will be required to use to update NCSO with your contact and employment information until your service obligation is satisfied.
  4. Read the complete list of Student Objectives and Responsibilities for the CSU, Chico academic year program. 
  5. Read the complete list of Student Objectives and Responsibilities for the Summer Program.

Scholarship Agreement and Exit Certification

The APE TRACK Grant program is required to provide scholars with pre-scholarship agreements and exit certifications outlining the terms and conditions of the Personnel Development Program Grant funding.

  1. Read the Service Obligation Agreement you will be required to sign before grant funds will be disbursed to you.
  2. Read the Exit Certification you will complete when you exit the program, listing your date of program completion, total funds you received, and your service obligation details.


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