Scholarships - The Pathway to US College Recruitment

 

Athletic base Scholarships are awarded to athletes that have excelled in their chosen sport to help finance their studies in the U.S. These scholarships are completely subjective in the coaches opinion of the athletes ability and what they feel the athlete can contribute to their team. The contract of this scholarship is called a National Letter of Intent. The National Letter of Intent is a contract signed between the prospective student athlete and the Institution.
Need base Scholarship is based on what families of the athlete can contribute to the athlete’s education. Colleges may find alternative funding/aid in the way of grants and loans. This is difficult for International students to qualify for.
Merit based Scholarships are solely based on Academic achievements.
All these scholarships can be combined to create the best overall scholarship package. The student athlete must be eligible for athletic financial aid and eligible to enroll in the institution in accordance with the NCAA (see below).  This contract is valid for one academic year, and each year your scholarship will be reviewed by the athletic department.  
Apart from enjoying the experience of living in US, the sport scholarship system will allow you to pursue both your academics and sporting talents in a competitive environment.   The responsibilities of the athlete are to play and perform at their best, represent the University to the highest levels, and keep on top of your schoolwork (keeping a GPA above 2.0)


A full athletic scholarship is the maximum an institution can allocate for a student athlete in one academic year and should cover the following:

  • Full coverage of text books only
  • Room and Board in Campus Dormitory or equivalent(off campus)
  • Tuition and Fees Associated
  • On campus meal plans or equivalent(off campus)

  
The breakdown for College Athletic Scholarships at the different institutions are as follows;

NCAA

The National Collegiate Athletic Association oversees the rules and regulations of many college athletic departments. The NCAA is broken up into three Divisions, depending on sport: Division I- Institutions sponsor at least seven male and seven female sports, Division II- Institutions sponsor at least four male and four female sports and Division III- Institutions sponsor at least five male and five female sports. There is no financial aid available to athletes, but do offer academic aid at Division III. Each division has specific rules that the athletic departments, coaches and athletes need to abide by in order to stay eligible.

http://www.ncaa.org

 

NAIA

The NAIA stands for National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The NAIA oversees the college sports programs for over 300 college athletic departments. The typical NAIA school competes at the level of an average NCAA Division II program. Normally an NAIA school is smaller than an NCAA school, but in many cases they can offer more scholarships per sport. Students don’t require SAT score to be admitted. 

http://www.naia.org

 

NJCAA

The NJCAA is the National Junior College Athletic Association. Junior college is an excellent way to get both a quality education and play college sports at an affordable price. NJCAA member schools in Division I and II can offer athletic scholarships. NJCAA Division III schools do not offer athletic scholarships. Some student-athletes find it beneficial to study and play at a Junior College before transferring to a 4 year university–it gives them two more years to mature academically and athletically. 

http://www.njcaa.org

Sports

NCAA Men’s

NCAA Women’s

NAIA

NJCAA

 

I

II

III

Total

I

II

III

Total

Men’s

Women’s

Men’s

Women’s

American Football

246

168

238

652

 

 

 

 

82

 

69

 

Baseball

297

266

372

935

 

 

 

 

190

 

394

 

Basketball

344

285

411

1040

345

314

436

1095

232

236

437

407

Beach Volleyball

 

 

 

 

14

 

 

14

 

 

 

 

Bowling

 

 

 

 

36

18

10

64

40

40

29

27

Cross Country

299

245

368

912

344

293

413

1050

202

207

125

136

Equestrian

 

 

 

 

18

5

13

36

 

 

 

 

Fencing

20

2

12

34

23

3

15

41

 

 

 

 

Field Hockey

 

 

 

 

79

26

159

264

 

 

 

 

Golf

299

233

286

818

259

172

179

603

176

151

208

83

Gymnastics

16

 

1

17

62

7

16

85

 

 

 

 

Ice Hockey

58

6

71

135

34

3

49

86

 

 

11

 

Lacrosse

62

46

190

298

93

69

217

379

 

 

30

18

Rifle

3

 

1

4

8

1

2

11

 

 

 

 

Rowing

 

 

 

 

87

18

40

145

 

 

 

 

Rugby

133?r

 

 

 

2

1

2

5

 

 

 

 

Skiing

11

6

14

31

12

7

14

33

 

 

 

 

Soccer

204

201

404

809

323

255

429

1007

199

199

222

193

Softball

 

 

 

 

290

286

409

985

 

198

 

369

Swimming & Diving

138

71

208

417

198

90

246

534

20

22

21

21

Tennis

263

179

330

772

324

241

378

943

101

112

77

86

Track- Indoor

264

138

242

644

315

156

247

718

133

135

51

53

Track -Outdoor

281

184

274

739

322

201

285

808

158

159

76

81

Volleyball

23

16

59

98

330

302

427

1059

33

229

 

312

Water Polo

22

7

14

43

34

12

18

64

 

 

 

 

Wrestling

78

56

88

222

 

 

 

 

41

 

44