2018-2019 Scholarships for Student Athletes

Athletic Scholarships for College

Colleges want winning teams, and not every school is looking for male football players. Tennessee and Connecticut want great female basketball players. You might think of Duke and UCLA as great basketball powerhouses; for years, both have also produced some of the country’s best golfers. And Stanford, as well as UC Berkeley, has some of the strongest swimmers in the nation.

Many NCAA Division I schools will scout outstanding high school athletes. If your high school is not on the scouting circuit, there is usually a process to contact the coach or athletic department to be considered. The coach for each team generally decides which students receive scholarships for college. Formal athletic scholarships are only available at Division I and Division II schools. But Division III colleges may award financial aid based on need or academics, and allow talented athletes to participate in the sport of their choice. Interested in exploring your options for university-administered athletic scholarships? Check out the NCAA website on student athletes to get started.

But wait…there’s more!

Athletic scholarships are awarded not only by colleges, but also by other organizations, and not always for star talent. For example, United States Tennis Association awards a college scholarship for academically accomplished students who participate exclusively in a community tennis program. There are also lots of other athletic associations that offer scholarships like these:

Don’t assume that just because your sport isn’t the most popular, or you aren’t an athletic standout, that you can’t get money for school. Contact affiliated associations and do a little research. You might just find some funds!

Related: Scholarships That Are Actually Easy to Apply For



More Articles

Scholarships for Twins
College scholarships go beyond GPA or athletic skill. Were you born with an instant BFF? These scholarships are reserved exclusively for students with a twin!
How to Write a Scholarship Essay: Five Essential Tips
Looking to win scholarships for college? Follow these five essential tips on how to write a scholarship essay sure to get you noticed.
How to Find Law School Scholarships
There are numerous places to look for law school scholarships. We’ll show you how to find them! Scholarships are a great way to reduce the cost of law school. Check out our free resources to maximize your gift-aid, and minimize your out-of-pocket expenses.
How to Find Graduate School Scholarships
Graduate school scholarships can help offset the cost of your degree. We provide advice and resources, as well as a list of funding options typically reserved for grad school students.
We have changed our Privacy Policy Notice. Your continued use of our website constitutes acceptance of the changes. ×