Athletic Scholarships

How to Score Athletic Scholarships

ScholarshipExperts.com recently published an infographic, “Athletic Scholarships: Debunking the Top 5 Myths About the Elusive Sports Scholarship,” which does a great job of analyzing many of the misconceptions about winning athletic scholarships. For example, did you know that full-ride, athletic scholarships are not available for students in every sport, or that less than two percent of all high school athletes are even offered a sports scholarship? For those who are lucky enough to earn an athletic scholarship, the average amount typically falls somewhere between $2,000 and $10,400 per year. That’s hardly enough money to make a dent in your college expenses at an NCAA school. Does this mean you should give up your dream of playing college-level sports or forget about pursuing athletic scholarships? Of course not! You just have to be smart and know how to give yourself an advantage. Here are a few tips to consider if you want to score athletic scholarships.

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Full-Ride Scholarships

The Truth About Full-Ride Scholarships

Today, we are focusing on the elusive full-ride scholarship. Yes, you heard that correctly – we said “elusive” because while they are out there, full-ride scholarships can be more challenging to obtain. We didn’t say it was impossible, but winning one of these awards may not be as easy as you might think. Thankfully, our scholarship specialist, Tiffany, is here to give you the inside scoop. So, sit back and enjoy the video!

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Full-Tuition and Full-Ride Scholarships: Are They the Same?

I think most students would agree that finding a scholarship that covers all of their college expenses would be a huge blessing. But would that award be called a full-tuition scholarship or a full-ride scholarship? With so many people using the terms interchangeably, it can get a bit confusing. Personally, a school could call its award the ‘We’ll Pay for Everything’ Scholarship, and I wouldn’t care, especially if it meant I was taking out fewer student loans. I do, however, think it’s important for students to understand the subtle differences in each program.

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Full-Ride Scholarships

Chasing the Elusive Full-Ride Scholarship

Last week, I was having lunch with a friend and the subject of college came up. We both have daughters who are high school juniors, so it’s never far from our thoughts. We discussed the intensity of the International Baccalaureate program (our daughters are enrolled but at separate schools) and even planned for an upcoming college tour at the University of Florida (UF). The conversation was going smoothly until I asked how he planned to cover the tuition and other fees at UF. With a completely straight face, he replied that he expected his daughter to get a full-ride scholarship. Why wouldn’t he believe that his child, who has played softball since she could walk and carries an unweighted grade point average (GPA) of 3.5, should be able to win such a coveted award? The media is full of reports about students who are being showered with full-ride scholarship offers, so it’s only natural that he would expect it to be a viable option. Although I hated to be the bearer of bad news, I felt obligated to clue him in on the reality of his financial plan.

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Big Money Scholarships…Cha-Ching!

Big Money Scholarships In the world of scholarships, winning a full-ride or ‘Big Money’ scholarship is akin to capturing the goose that lays the golden eggs. Similar to that goose, finding and keeping one of these awards can be a little tricky. You have to know where to look and you have to possess the right ‘tools’ to win. Although many of the largest, most prestigious awards are merit-based, there are several programs that offer big rewards for other skills and talents, such as writing or artistic abilities. And surprisingly, not all of the programs are just for high school seniors; some cater to middle school students and non-traditional students. So, where are these elusive ‘Big Money’ awards? Grab your net and get ready, as we go on the hunt for scholarship programs that offer BIG rewards. Continue Reading…


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