Scholarship Tips for the Student-Athlete


Do you feel that you have what it takes to play sports at the college level?  Then you need to do some work ‘off the field’ to get yourself noticed and recruited by college coaches..  Here are some tips on how to win Athletic Scholarships.

Talk With Your Coach: First, have an honest talk about your athletic ability.  Your coach can give you a realistic appraisal of your chances, and make some suggestions about which college athletic programs you can aspire to.

Find Out About Academic Eligibility Rules:These rules are set down by the various athletic associations.  In order to be considered by an NCAA Division l school, for example, you must achieve a minimum GPA in 16 core courses in high school and achieve a minimum combined score on either SAT or ACT.  Ask your school counselor about the specific requirements, and make sure you are on track to meet them before you graduate.

Attend a Sports Camp: Gain an edge by attending camp during the summer.

Start a Sports Resume: And keep it updated.  The purpose of the resume is to give coaches a quick idea of who you are, what you have donem what your athletic potential may be, and whether you are academically eligible to be recruited. (Contact Erinn at for sample sports resumes)

Send Letters of Interest to Coaches: Send them to the coach in each college you are interested in.  (Contact Erinn at for sample letters) Get the name of the coach from the college’s website.  Try to send the letters (do not use email) as early in your junior year as possible.  If the college has a prospect questionnaire on its website, complete that too.

Register With the NCAA Eligibility Center: Register at the end of your junior year.  You won’t be eligible to play the NCAA Division l or ll sports or receive an athletic scholarship otherwise.  It’s easy and you can do it online.  Read the NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete available at

Make a Performance or Skills Video: Ask your coach for advice on how to do this before the season starts.  Editing it is key.  It has to be short (no longer than 5 minutes) or college coaches won’t watch it.

Follow Up: If you receive profile forms or questionnaires from coaches, complete and return them as soon as possible.  Follow up with a telephone call from you, not your parents.

As You Look at Colleges, Look at the Big Picture: Don’t focus on their sports programs only.  It’s really important that the college you end up at is a good fit for you, both academically and personally, so that you will be happy there even if you don’t end up playing a sport.  It’s also important to have realistic expectations about athletic scholarships – they are hard to come by and easy to lose, so look at the financial aid opportunities at each college as well.


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