Sports Scholarships in America are one of the best experiences athletes can have. We provide scholarships for a wide range of sports including Football (Soccer), Rugby, Golf, Field Hockey & eSports. While sport scholarships are becoming more popular in the UK, they are far more available in the United States and provide a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the lifestyle in an American College or University.
While sporting ability is very important, academics also play a part in the process, as students on a sports scholarship are also working towards an undergraduate degree of your choice. So while you're playing your favourite sport, you will also finish up with a degree at the end of your journey.
Now that you have your heart set on a sports scholarship, prime time to apply for a scholarship in the US is following graduation from high school up to a few years after. Sometimes applicants leave UK higher education to pursue their dream of undertaking a sport scholarship in America. Athletes may only compete in college leagues if they are between the ages of 18-24, but if you are older, then the NAIA is where you will be assigned. When saying this, coaches are often more inclined to spur interest in younger prospects as it gives them more time to work with the athletes for a longer set period.
Therefore it is advised to apply for your chosen sport scholarship as early as possible, giving the individual an optimum chance at maintaining the strongest performance, athletically and academically, to achieve a highly regarded degree to then move onto the opportunity of turning professional. Again, reinforcing the fact that to be given the best chance of success in being offered a scholarship, the candidate must try to compete at the best level in their current area, pushing on from local club tournaments to national championships.
College level sports are governed by athletic associations, who make the rules and regs when it comes to sport scholarships and recruitment of student-athletes. If an institution does not hold membership of an athletic association then it is highly unlikely that sports scholarships will be available. As mentioned above, each athletic association has its own eligibility criteria for student-athletes internationally.
There are two types of scholarships available. One is called a 'full scholarship' and the other is a 'partial scholarship'.
A full scholarship will mean that the university is paying for all of your tuition, accommodation, food, books and everything related to your sport. At some universities, a full scholarship can signal the investment of almost $400,000 in one, single athlete. At FirstPoint, one in every four of our athletes will receive a full sport scholarship.
A partial scholarship is just as it sounds; it is where the university are offering you a deal that will cover some, but not all, of the costs associated with attending the university. If, for example, a university costs $50,000 and the coach is giving you a sport scholarship worth $45,000, then this is a partial scholarship as there is a $5,000 shortfall that the coach wants you to contribute towards the costs of attending the university. Most partial scholarships come with the incentive that if you perform well, both on the ﬁeld and in the classroom, then the coach can reward you with a scholarship increase and cover any costs that you had been contributing towards; thus providing you with a full sport scholarship.
There are also other scholarships that a university can offer (academic scholarships, for example) and these can be combined with a sports scholarship to cover the costs associated with attending a university. It is worth noting that a scholarship will not cover the costs of your ﬂight to and from the campus (personal travel) or any costs associated with the social aspect of life in America (shopping at mall, cinema, etc).
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is sitting around hoping you get noticed. College coaches do not have the time to visit every town or city looking for talent. It is up to you to make sure you get seen. To make it easier for you, we hold trials across the UK on a monthly basis:
Sports scholarships that FirstPoint USA offer to you: Soccer, Rugby, Golf, eSports, Field Hockey, Rowing, Tennis, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Fencing, American Football, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Skiing, Riﬂe, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, Wrestling.
To learn more about your chances of becoming a student-athlete on a Sports Scholarship, click the button below to complete our brief registration form and one of our Sports Consultants will be in touch shortly.