Athletes are competitive by nature and not everyone will be awarded a scholarship. These college funds are perhaps some of the hardest and most competitive.
If an NCAA scholarship seems out of reach you may want to try the NJCAA.
The NCAA is the governing body for most college sports. Colleges and universities are separated into divisions dependent on certain criteria: Division I, II, or III.
Division I and II schools maintain competitive, mid to large-sized sports teams with the goal of attracting top talent. Division III schools are required to maintain much fewer athletic teams, and are usually much smaller student bodies. NCAA does not give out athletic scholarships for Division III schools.
The NCAA maintains an long list of athletic scholarships. They are separated into categories, such as Undergraduate, Post-Graduate, and then further by Division. They also offer a couple of special scholarships. The Freedom Forum NCAA Sports Journalism Scholarship Program recognizes and supports the efforts of college students pursuing sports journalism.
Before Title IX, women not taken seriously in athletics. However, today women’s sports programs are opening up with more and more opportunities. Women are now participating in ice hockey and gold, sports that were decidedly male. Many women and minority athletes may qualify for the NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship Program.
There are many less popular sports that are not as competitive for scholarship. You should contact the athletic department or the financial aid office. Some of these sports consist of Bowling, Field Hockey and Rowing.
For the athlete seriously looking for a good athletic scholarship, there are a couple of ways to go about it.
The main idea behind the scholarhip recruiting services is pretty much the same as the traditional scholarship hunting — to promote you, but some of the services collect your money and never intend to deliver results. You need to be careful not to get burned by scholarship scams. Make sure you research such services or talk to a friend who recommends the service.
You should not have to pay anyone to promote you if you are a top talent. Your reputation will precede you! College coaches are in the business to know names and stats of the best candidates. You may also want your coach to make some phone calls.
These sports are regularly awarded scholarships:
These sports are not offered in college but scholarships do exist:
The Schering-Plough Will to Win Asthma Scholarship is awarded to high school seniors with asthma.