Requirements for Athletic Scholarships
Applicants for an official license to play sports at university or college level in the USA must be between 17 and 24 years of age or no further than the 6th Semester at university, as most scholarships are available only during undergraduate studies towards a Bachelors degree.Some universities, especially in the NCAA II, can offer scholarships for graduate studies when the applicant has studied less that 8 semesters when starting his graduate studies. There are more rules influencing your eligibility, though.
Ideally, you should want to begin studying in the USA immediately after graduating from high school (after grade 13 or 12 respectively) and thus be eligible for a scholarship for the full four undergraduate years. Each year that you compete after graduating from high school, reduces your chances for a scholarship and will also shorten the length of the scholarship. Your chances are the greatest immediately after high school graduation (application one year before graduation!) as this gives the coaches the opportunity to develop your skills and work with you for a longer period of time.
Being successful in the right sport
Sports is always offered, even though a few sports may or may not be offered every single year.
Archery, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Equestrian, Fencing, Field Hockey, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rifle, Rowing, Skiing (Cross Country and Downhill), Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming and Diving, Sync. Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field (Indoor and Outdoor) Volleyball, Water Polo.
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rifle, Skiing (Cross Country und Downhill), Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track & Field (Indoor and Outdoor), Volleyball, Water Polo, Wrestling.
How does one define „performance“? Athletic competitiveness? Strength? Of course, these qualities are impossible to define internationally, except when the sport can be measured in terms of numbers, e.g. the time achieved in a 100m sprint, golf scores, etc. However, these statistics don’t really say much about the athlete’s competitiveness, his history as a player/athlete and his potential, all of which is vitally important to coaches. Everything counts: the complete picture of an athlete including his history as a player, his strengths, past successes, athletic skills etc. That is why the application for our athletic scholarship service is so detailed, because we use the information you provide in your application as potential background data for our service.
It is the coach, who grants the scholarship, and one should think they focus on the applicant’s athletic achievements only. However, that’s not entirely true, as the applicant must be accepted by the college or university first in order to be allowed to play on its team at all.
Therefore, all international applicants have to be high school graduates. In addition, every single international applicant (except from English speaking countries) has to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System), even if he has spent a year at an American high school or has taken other similar tests, such as Cambridge Certificate. The sports divisions also require applicants to take the SAT (college admission test) to be cleared in the licensing and admission process. Both of these are academic tests that aim to assess the applicants’ proficiency in English (TOEFL) and English and Math (SAT). A good grade point average in your high school graduation certificate boosts one’s chances of being accepted by a college and increases the scholarship amount as well.
Apply early and with all the required information
Usually, coaches are planning way ahead and look for potential athletes several months before the official start of the season. Therefore, we encourage you to apply through us at least 6 months prior to your planned enrolment. The earlier you apply, the better your chances of securing scholarships with the most financial support.
As a general rule, coaches rarely accept personal applications, because
a) applicants cannot objectively judge their abilities
b) the applications lack important information
c) the eligibility-requirements are not fulfilled
Agencies such as Sport-Scholarships.com serve as a kind of screening-authority that checks whether the athletic and academic requirements of the applicants are met before the coaches take a look at them. It’s easy for coaches to get a good overall impression of the applicant who has applied through Sport-Scholarships.com, as our applications present all relevant information at first glance, including pictures and videos of the athlete. Coaches also rely on us when it comes to application procedures, as we have extensive background knowledge in that area.