What is an athletic scholarship?
Athletic as well as academic scholarships are much more common in the US than in most other countries. Athletic scholarships are awarded to athletes of outstanding performance in order to enable them to finance their studies in the US. The athlete participates fully in practice sessions with the college team and represents the university in various tournaments and competitions. The coaches’ job is to professionally look after the teams; in this sense, he has a similar position to that of a professor and is also paid accordingly.
For what reasons are scholarships awarded?
For generations, American universities have had college teams in all kinds of sports. These teams are professionally managed by specially employed coaches and serve as an advertisement for the respective university in numerous competitions. If a team has regional or even nationwide success, the media will cover its development. That is why college teams are a means to market the university in order to recruit new students. For this reason, the universities provide the coaches with a budget to recruit talented athletes from around the world and help them finance their studies or even their entire stay abroad.
Why an athletic scholarship to America
The American College system produces some of the best sporting talent in the world. The facilities, coaching and support networks including sports science, nutrition, physiotherapy and fitness training are all world class. Universities travel the length and breadth of the United States to play each other; it is big business involving, massive corporate sponsorship, fanatical crowds, rich history, and national television coverage. Collegiate sports are as close to a professional environment as it’s possible to get. A normal schedule involves one to two training sessions or practices a day plus additional sports specific weights and fitness sessions within in a normal athletic scholarship. All this alongside a full university degree program.
Athletic Scholarships are funded sports programs that include Football (Soccer), Golf, Basketball, Tennis, Field Hockey, American Football, Baseball, Swimming & Diving, Track and Field, Fencing, Rowing (Crew), Skiing, Gymnastics and many more athletic scholarship programs.
Athletic Scholarship System and how it works
Universities in America charge a tuition fee in order to study at their institution. This fee varies greatly between universities, with the more prestigious establishments like UCLA and North Carolina setting their fees at around $40,000 per student per year. Less prestigious, smaller colleges can be as low as $10,000 per year. There are also costs associated to accommodation and food on campus, which again vary from university to university. Coaches award a scholarship in the form of a sum of money to athletes they would like to add to their program to either completely or partially cover the expense of attending their institution.
A 100% scholarship or “Full Ride” means that all tuition, accommodation and food are paid for. A partial scholarship means that the student and their family will have to contribute some money every year to cover the difference. This amount will vary depending on how prestigious the university is, for example a 90% scholarship at UCLA would probably require the family to contribute more than if they accepted an 70% scholarship to a smaller, less prestigious university.
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America is the only place in the world where you can effectively combine top-level sport with a university degree. In order to maintain scholarship status an athlete has to maintain a C grade average. Because collegiate sports bring in so much revenue it’s essential that coaches make sure their athletic scholarship athletes keep up with their studies. Personal tutors, additional classes and regular reviews are all utilized to make sure athletes have all the help they need to make their grades and earn their university degree.
Life After College
After playing 4 years of top-level sport there is the obvious opportunity for athletes to turn professional either through the draft system in the US. Athletes USA have excellent links with Sports Management agencies such as IMG athletes achieve there ultimate dream. If turning professional isn’t an option for whatever reason, a university degree really does enhance your employment opportunities and coupled with the life experience gained by going it alone for 4 years in America makes any CV stand out in the crowd. You may also be interested to join our Athletes USA Careers team.