Scholarship Talk

Let’s face it, there are the haves and the have-nots when it comes to earning a scholarship. That’s just one of the steps in the process to being a successful athlete at the collegiate level. We’ve all heard about the odds against playing any sport professionally. Don’t get discouraged though; as far as scholarships there are options.

The most coveted among athletes is the athletic scholarship. While it is an extraordinary achievement, not all are of the full ride variety. Being able to carry or shoot the rock at a high level is a key component, but let’s not forget about the academic aspects.

Incoming freshmen playing what are called head count athletics must maintain a modest 2.3 GPA. Even though an athlete has earned a “full ride scholarship” it is up to the student athlete as well as the coach whether it is renewed. If an athletes performance is not up to par, whether in his or her sport or in the classroom, that can determine the scholarships status. In some instances, the athlete can come out better by getting everything they need at a lower division school. Also, if a coach is forced to make a decision between two athletes with similar skill sets, the one with the higher academic qualities could win out.

Academic scholarships are by no means something to be looked down upon. While athletic scholarships are only one per student athlete, there is no limit on the number of academic scholarships a student can earn. Which brings up another point. Student athletes that are on partial scholarship can supplement that with academic scholarships. The criteria are a little tougher, but hey, if it was easy everybody would be doing it.

  • Have graduated in the top 10% of their class.
  • Maintained a 3.5 GPA throughout high school.
  • 1200 or higher on SAT or 105 on ACT

  • Graduated in the top 20% of their class.
  • Maintained a 3.5 GPA throughout high school.
  • 1140 or higher on SAT or 100 on ACT.

DIV III Schools do not offer scholarships but do offer grants and other assistance. They will take into account extracurricular activities such as sports and award merit scholarships.

At the JUCO level, the NJCAA awards full and partial scholarships. A high school diploma is not required but if you don’t have one you must complete one term of college work and passing 12 credits with a 1.75 GPA or greater.
These are just some options to ponder. It should all be spelled out in the letter of intent that you sign. While the road is a long one, do your due diligence with your camp and make the best decision for you and your future.