Founded in 2001, FirstPoint USA is the original scholarship agency and was created by athletes, for athletes. The company has secured scholarships for over 7,000 sportsmen & women from across the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand; brokering over $150 million on their behalf in the process. FirstPoint employs a team of over 30 staff to manage the scholarship process on behalf of its athletes, with many of our team former scholarship athletes themselves.
When FirstPoint USA's founder, Andrew Kean, started the company, with the support of the Prince's Trust; his sole objective was to provide the same opportunities to others that he himself had enjoyed as a scholarship athlete in America. After initially working with a group of 14 athletes in 2001, FirstPoint has grown to assess and interview over 16,000 applicants each year, across 4 continents, with 600 having scholarships secured by the agency on an annual basis.
In 2012, FirstPoint became the first international company in the world to be awarded 'Certified & Approved' status by the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), a status that it still carries to this day. In 2015, FirstPoint was named 'Sports Business of the Year' by the Government-backed 'Sporting Chance Initiative'.