Athletic Scholarships: Everything You Need to Know and Do
May 16, 2018
Are you ready to discover your college program?
If you’re seven feet tall and you can dunk a basketball while wearing a blindfold, chances are you don’t need our help finding an academic scholarship. We’re guessing the colleges come to you.
But what if you’re a stellar athlete from an obscure high school, unknown to college scouts? What if you excel brilliantly in a sport for which few colleges offer direct scholarships? What if you have athletic talent but this is only one focus among many other academic and extracurricular pursuits? Perhaps you plan to attend a small Division III school with a limited scholarship pool?
If any of these describes your situation, your athletic ambition might not have landed you a major scholarship at the college of your choice. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t athletic scholarship opportunities just waiting to be tapped. There are numerous organizations, foundations, corporations, sporting associations, and private benefactors hoping to create an opportunity for somebody in your exact situation.
From small donations for sporting equipment to larger gifts aimed at offsetting the full cost of your tuition, athletic scholarship opportunities abound. Of course, the competition for many of these scholarships is fierce, but you’re an athlete so we know you’re not afraid of a little healthy competition.
As you proceed, take note that deadlines are always passing and new opportunities are always emerging. If a deadline for one of the opportunities below has passed, come back and visit in a few weeks for updates and changes. And if you see anything out of place or are aware of any scholarship opportunities we might have missed, let us know! And of course, good luck in your search!
Before you proceed, there are a few basic facts about athletic scholarships that you should be aware of. According to US News and World Report:
There are roughly 138,000 athletic scholarships available for Division I and Division II sports (though there are, of course, countless other scholarship opportunities through alternative outlets. We’ll get into that).
The average athletic scholarship is about $10,400 per year, or $8,700 if you don’t account for the more generous scholarships usually reserved for men’s football and basketball players.
Only four sports offer full rides: men’s football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and women’s volleyball.
Many scholarships apply to only one year of your education, meaning that you must maintain a certain level of athletic and academic excellence so that your scholarship can be renewed each year.
All of these numbers mean that an athletic scholarship probably won’t reduce the cost of your college education to zero. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t help out there for you. When it comes to financing your education, every little bit helps.
Improve Your Odds
Be realistic in your expectations and take steps to improve your odds. Such steps include:
Excelling in your studies;
Contacting coaches at programs that might interest you;
Creating your own YouTube channel and other online/social media resources to showcase your talents; and
In other words, don’t want to be discovered. Again, at seven feet tall, scouts will probably find you. But otherwise, you’ll have to do a lot of the legwork. It’s up to you to reach out to coaches and athletic departments to put yourself on the radar. This can improve your odds of landing a school- or sport-specific scholarship.
The rules that apply to you will largely depend on your sport of choice, the type of college you will attend, and the level at which you hope to play.
An array of additional factors will impact your eligibility for specific scholarship types, including your state of residence, your academic performance, your intended college major, and a host of other personal factors that might be relevant to your athletic and academic success.
Below, we provide a comprehensive list of scholarship opportunities available to athletes, beginning with those most commonly offered by the NCAA and, subsequently, those offered by the NAIA and the NJCAA. Thereafter, you can find a list of miscellaneous scholarship opportunities offered by specific sporting associations, women’s athlete groups, minority advocacy groups, companies, organizations, foundations, private donors and countless others who wish to help you take the next step forward as a student and as an athlete. You should also, of course, reach out to your college of choice and speak to representatives from the financial aid office, the athletic department, or within the scope or your chosen sport to see what opportunities your specific school might offer.
Find the opportunity that makes the most sense for you and apply today. Remember, depending on today’s date, any number of scholarship deadlines will have passed. Fortunately, most of these opportunties are annual. Some even renew their deadlines every semester. The process of whittlin down the price tag on your college education begins here:
NCAA Scholarship Opportunities
Walter Byers Scholarships
January 13, 2017
In 1988, the National Collegiate Athletic Association established the Walter Byers Scholarship as a means of recognizing the contributions of the former executive director through encouraging excellence in academic performance by student-athletes.
Annually, one male and one female student-athlete are awarded a $24,000 Walter Byers scholarship in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and potential for success in graduate study. It is intended that an individual named a Byers Scholar will be recognized as one who has combined the best elements of mind and body to achieve national distinction for his or her achievements, and promises to be a future leader in his or her chosen field of career service.”
In 2008, the National Collegiate Athletic Association established the Jim McKay Scholarship to recognize the immense contributions and legacy of pioneer sports journalist Jim McKay. Annually, one male and one female student-athlete are awarded a one-time $10,000 Jim McKay scholarship in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and their potential to make a major contribution to the sports communication industry or public relations. McKay scholars will be recognized as having a unique aptitude and commitment to the communications field while displaying the highest level of professional integrity, including the principles of truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness and public accountability, with the element of compassion that so infused McKay’s long and storied career. While McKay scholars not need a major in communications or journalism, they should demonstrate achievement in sport communication, public relations or at least show an interest in making a contribution to the field.
NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship Program
February 15, 2017
The Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Graduate Scholarship were developed by the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics and the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee. The goal of the enhancement programs is to increase the pool of and opportunities for qualified minority and female candidates in intercollegiate athletics through graduate scholarships.
The NCAA Division I Degree-Completion Award Program was established in 1989 to assist student-athletes who could not complete their education during their five-year eligibility period. To be eligible to apply for the program, a student-athlete must have competed at an NCAA Division I institution, have received athletics-related financial aid, and be within thirty semester hours (forty-five quarter hours) of completion of his or her degree. To date, the program has awarded over thirty million dollars to over 2,900 deserving student-athletes and ninety percent of the award recipients have successfully completed their undergraduate degrees.
The NCAA established the Division II Degree Completion Award Program in 2001 to provide deserving student-athletes financial assistance for them to complete their first baccalaureate degree. Candidates will be students who have exhausted their athletics eligibility and have received athletics financial aid. The selection process for the national award emphasizes the academic performance of the student-athlete. Other factors considered are financial circumstances, athletic achievement and involvement in campus and community activities.
The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually. The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are at least in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. The one-time non-renewable scholarships of $7,500 are awarded three times a year corresponding to each sport season (fall, winter and spring). Each sports season there are twenty-nine scholarships available for men and twenty-nine scholarships available for women for use in an accredited graduate program.
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Scholarships
Team Type 1 Scholarships
February 20, 2018
Team Type 1 fights for the right to live and for equal access to education for everyone affected by type 1 diabetes. Global access to medicine, education and empowerment for everyone affected by diabetes. Team Type 1 is funding scholarships in order to recognize young, talented athletes with type 1 diabetes who demonstrate an ability to balance both academic and sporting commitments, promote good health with successful management of their diabetes through exercise, and support families already burdened with additional expenses associated with diabetes care.
Emil S. Liston Award for junior basketball student-athletes
This award is given annually by the NAIA and Daktronics, recognizes one male and one female basketball player based on scholarship, character and playing ability. Since 1950, the award has honored the memory of the NAIA’s first executive director Emil S. Liston. Liston was the founder of the National Association of Intercollegiate Basketball (NAIB).
Dr. Leroy Walker Award Student-Athlete of Character
In honor of former NAIA President and President Emeritus of the United States Olympic Committee, Dr. LeRoy Walker, this award recognizes a junior or senior student-athlete who utilizes all five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program and demonstrates outstanding academic achievement, campus and community leadership, athletic achievement and has a strong future ambition.
National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Scholarships
Most NJCAA Scholarship opportunities will be availed directly through the community college where you plan to play. For individual opportunities, reach out to the athletic department at your chosen school. The NCJAA offers the following point of consideration:
Each institution belonging to the NJCAA chooses to compete on the Division I, II or III level in designated sports. Division I colleges may offer full athletic scholarships a maximum of tuition, fees, room and board, course related books, up to $250 in course required supplies, and transportation costs one time per academic year to and from the college by direct route. Division II colleges are limited to awarding tuition, fees, course related books, and up to $250 in course required supplies. Division III institutions may provide no athletically related financial assistance. However, NJCAA colleges that do not offer athletic aid may choose to participate at the Division I or II level if they so desire.
Miscellaneous Scholarship Opportunities
ACF Notah Begay III Scholarship Program
Professional golfer Notah Begay III established this scholarship fund in 1999 to benefit Native American athletes attending college. Awards are made to New Mexico high school graduating seniors demonstrating strong academic achievement and participation in any varsity level team sport. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be Native American scholar-athletes.”
The objective of the Alabama Golf Association Women’s Scholarship Fund is to grant scholarships to deserving young women from the State of Alabama who have an interest in golf and are pursuing a baccalaureate degree at an accredited college or university within the State of Alabama. This is an academic scholarship and not based on athletic ability.
Established by Alliance Pipeline in 2001, this scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis to a student-athlete who demonstrates strong academic performance. The student must maintain a 3.0 GPA and participate in an intercollegiate sport.
To be considered for scholarships at Augustana based on academic performance and/or talent requires a completed Application for Admission and Scholarship. Students must earn at least a 3.0 GPA while enrolled at Augustana to maintain these scholarships in subsequent years.
The Balanced Man Scholarship is an award designed for six young, balanced men who will attend the University of Washington. Each year, Sigma Phi Epsilon awards scholarships to incoming freshmen who exemplify our philosophy of the Balanced Man: excellence in academics, athletics, and extracurricular activities.
World Cup Supply (WCS) is pleased to offer the 8th “Fast Skier“ Junior Alpine Scholarship Award, now renamed the Berlack/Astle Memorial Fast Skier Award. The award is intended to provide assistance to USSA U16 athletes who exhibit the personal characteristics required for success both on and off the hill.
The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. In order to do our part, we are offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student-athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in.
The mission of The Bill Dickey Scholarship Association is to increase the participation of minority youngsters in the sport of golf as well as provide financial assistance in support of their efforts to experience the extraordinary advantage of education and opportunity.
Billiard Education Foundation Academic Scholarship Program
The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) Academic Scholarship Program is an annual program administered by the BEF Scholarship Committee, under the direction and guidance of the BEF Board of Trustees. The objective is to grant scholarships to high school seniors who have benefited from the sport of billiards and are entering their first year of college.
The Billy Smith Memorial Scholarship was established because Billy was always helping people in any way that he could. It is a sport-related scholarship because it memorializes the activities Billy loved most.
The scholarship is offered high school senior females who have participated in the Bobby Sox program for a minimum of four seasons. The Bobby Sox year consists of two seasons, the spring and the fall. Participation in Mini Sox, Bobby Sox, or American Girl is considered for eligibility. Primarily, the scholarship committee is interested that those girls who made Bobby Sox a part of their lives.
Brandon Walker was a member of Swan Valley High School Class of 2011. Brandon volunteered at the Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum in Saginaw and with the Tittabawassee Township Police. He enjoyed helping kids that participated in a youth football league. On July 9, 2011, Brandon passed away at the age of 18 due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He had fallen asleep behind the wheel after working in the morning at his summer job.Brandon’s mother, Catherine Kalahar-Walker, and father, Steve Walker, have established the Brandon Walker “BW“ Memorial Scholarship for students pursuing a college education in honor of Brandon’s passion for helping youth.
The Bruce Shelton Scholarship was established in June 1991 to provide a consecutive four-year renewable award for a graduating high school student from a Forsyth County public high school who displays the traits of athletic excellence, academic achievement, leadership, and social responsibility for which Bruce Shelton will be remembered by those who knew him
The McLamore Family Foundation created the James W. McLamore WHOPPER Scholarship awards students who have graduated from high school within the last three years or full-time students who are seniors at a high school or home school. A minimum 3.3 GPA is required, along with a minimum 25 ACT score or 1700 SAT score.
Each year, the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois distributes more than $200,000 in scholarship funding to local students. All of CFNIL’s scholarship funds were created by individuals or organizations that recognize the importance of helping students achieve their educational goals, now and in perpetuity.
The Cameron Impact Scholarship will be awarded annually to approximately 10-15 high-school seniors. This four-year, merit-based scholarship is intended to cover the full “educational expenses“ at the recipient’s chosen collegiate institution (estimated to be between $20,000-$50,000 per annum).
The Can-Amera Games started in 1972 as an international goodwill sporting competition between Saginaw Township and Galt, Ontario. All past board members, volunteers, and athletes would like to honor a deserving high school senior who best represents the spirit of competition, sportsmanship, friendship and community involvement with the Can-Amera Scholarship as a way to symbolize the spirit and memory of the Can-Amera Games.
The Athletics Scholarship is available to student-athletes in CCU’s College of Undergraduate Studies who are recommended for scholarship consideration by the CCU Athletics Department. Recipients must maintain satisfactory academic progress, unless otherwise noted by the Athletics Department. Scholarship amounts vary.
Scholarships are awarded based on a variety of factors including academic achievement, community service, and significant extracurricular activities such as work, performing arts, and athletics. Financial need is a criterion for several scholarships, but there are also others awarded for academic merit regardless of need.
The Clyde and Martha Aldridge Scholarship was established by Clyde Aldridge in 2012 to provide scholarships to graduating high school seniors at Reagan High School. The scholarship provides a non-renewable award for students who will pursue full-time undergraduate degrees from accredited post-secondary institutions.
Columbia College will be one of the first in the country to offer scholarships to talented student gamers. “eSports aren’t the future,“ according to Columbia College President Dr. Scott Dalrymple. “They’re the present. True skill at video gaming is just as impressive - and just as legitimate - as excellence in traditional sports.
The Connor Porter Memorial Scholarship was created in 2013 through a generous donation from Connor’s family members. Connor passed away on July 26, 2012, in a plane crash with his father, Pat, and another friend shortly after winning bronze in the Division III foil event at the Summer Nationals in Anaheim. Connor had many friends in the fencing world and was well known for his sportsmanship and encouraging others.
Car crashes are the #1 killer of teens in America. Create Real Impact wants you to create and promote innovative and effective SOLUTIONS to the deadly epidemic of reckless and distracted driving. Entries are accepted in four formats (writing, art, music, and video). There are a total of 9 awards, ranging from $500 to $1500. The focus is on solutions to reckless and distracted driving.
This scholarship was established in memory of Albert Holloway who served for many years on the Academic Support, Intercollegiate Athletics, Nominating, and Student Support Committees of the Foundation. He was a great supporter of academics, extracurricular, student service programs, and the athletic program.
The selection process for Presidential Scholarships is competitive with awards going to the highest ranking applicants based upon grade point average, class rank (if available), and SAT or ACT scores (if provided).
Watching live sporting events has been the most popular reason for watching TV for decades. With the advent of easy-to-use DVR technology in the 1990’s, and then it’s wide-spread adoption over the last fifteen years, sports remain one of the few types of programming that are consistently watched live versus recorded.
For years, this prestigious program has awarded millions of dollars in tuition to students across the country. Students must be a legal resident of the U.S., may not be an active NCAA collegiate athlete in any sport nor played professional, semi-professional, or Division I collegiate football at any time.
The Ernie Davis Scholarship is awarded to a student who exhibits qualities of integrity, leadership, courage and humility, which were exemplified by Ernie Davis during his life, and who effectively “spreads the word“ about Ernie. In addition, the committee will award a Marty Harrigan Scholarship to a nominee who also effectively “spreads the word”.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation: Advancement of Women in Sports & Entertainment Scholarship
The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation Scholarship for the Advancement of Women in Sports & Entertainment is intended for eligible college and graduate school women who desire to work and contribute their efforts within the field. Due to the under-representation of this demographic in the industry, this scholarship fund has been established in order to aid women in furthering their education.
The FMC Skaters Scholarship program was developed in 1993 to provide financial assistance to ice sports participants and recreational ice skaters that demonstrate personal excellence on and off the ice. The scholarships are awarded to ice hockey, figure skating and recreational skaters. All applicants must be New England residents and skate at FMC arenas.
The FMC Skaters Scholarship program was developed in 1993 to provide nancial assistance to ice sports participants and recreational ice skaters that demonstrate personal excellence on and off the ice. The scholarships are awarded to ice hockey, gure skating and recreational skating participants in June of each year. All applicants must be New England residents and skate at FMC arenas.
In addition to several general scholarships available, several other specialized scholarships are available in: accounting, anthropology, art, athletics, business, construction management, culinary, cultural diversity, diversity, education/early childhood education, first generation, FIT fitness instructor training, GED, health care, horticulture/plant science, humanities, journalism/writing, manufacturing/manufacturing engineering, music, nursing, special needs, STEM, veterans and women in college scholarships.
The George Doherty Memorial Scholarship is awarded to athletes who established themselves as outstanding wrestlers. Entering freshman selection based on potential for outstanding achievement in intercollegiate wrestling; upperclassmen selection based on previous achievements of wrestling team.
Hall of Fame’s Team One Credit Union Scholar-Athlete Award
The Hall of Fame’s Team One Credit Union Scholar-Athlete Award was established to assist Saginaw County student-athletes who are continuing their academic and athletic career at Saginaw Valley State University. The Hall of Fame started with a grassroots effort in 2001 when board members actually “passed a hat“ to begin their funding. The first induction banquet was held October 26, 2002, at Saginaw Valley State University’s Curtiss Hall in front of nearly 650 people.
Harold Colby/Ray Barton NH Association of Septage Haulers Memorial Scholarship
NHASH is a professional association that represents committed industry leaders in septic system pumping and maintenance, installation, and repair. Our members are environmentally responsible, engaging in disposal practices that are federal and state approved. Our site is dedicated to helping people in the Granite State find the answers they need for their septic systems.
The Heather Mayes Memorial Scholarship honors Heather Mayes, whose life, like that of her sister’s, was taken by a drunk driver on October 15, 2000, following her first high school homecoming dance. Heather had a passion for sports and participated in many throughout her school years.
The Hood Milk Sportsmanship Scholarship Program awards 18 New England high school student athletes with a $5,000 scholarship toward furthering their education at a two- or four- year accredited college or university. To be eligible, high school seniors must have displayed a high degree of sportsmanship while participating in a varsity high school sport.
Doug and Sandy established this scholarship fund inDad’s memory. Recipients should be students with an active interest in environmental issues. Although not limited to, an emphasis is placed on awarding this scholarship to a resident of Saginaw County.
Jack Diller Education Award will be awarded to four successful students residing within Nashville and Middle Tennessee area. Each recipient will receive a scholarship and be honored in an in-arena presentation at a Predators home game at the Bridgestone Arena in March or April.
The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults created the Jamie L. Roberts Memorial Scholarships to honor the memory of Jamie Roberts, whose life was tragically cut short when she was participating in the 4K for Cancer’s cross-country bike ride in the summer of 2014. Jamie had a larger-than-life personality, loved sports, and her energy and enthusiasm were infectious. Her last inspirational act–to join the 4K for Cancer’s cross-country ride and dedicate her journey to the family of a close friend–exemplifies how Jamie always put others before herself and wanted to do everything she could to make a difference.
The mission of Diabetes Scholars Foundation is to support activities related to education for and about children with diabetes. This includes, but is not limited to, funding scholarships for diabetes education conferences and higher education.
The John F. & Edith L. Wilsterman Scholarship Trust program is open to all college and trade/vocational students graduating from Genesee County, Michigan public high schools and from Luke M. Powers Catholic High School. The trust seeks candidates with character and the potential for achievement in post high-school education.
It is in this spirit that the Jordan M. Draper Memorial Scholarship was established: to assist others in reaching their goals, to recognize those giving back to their community, to encourage students in becoming well-rounded individuals, and to inspire others to live life well.
In September 2009, Joyce Komperda, a longtime friend of US Figure Skating, made a generous gift to establish the Joyce Komperda Athlete Support Fund. The fund is intended to provide financial assistance for intermediate, novice and junior-level athletes who demonstrate financial need.
New Wave Lacrosse has always stood behind an ideology that this sport is about not only creating great lacrosse players, but developing young men into upstanding, responsible, and committed people. Each year we watch as our players grow, shift, and evolve towards meeting those goals, and each year we provide our athletes with support and guidance through those changes.
The Larry Laeding Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Larry Laeding and to give graduating seniors from the Saginaw Public Schools financial assistance in pursuing their educational goals. Mr. Laeding began his teaching career in Elmwood, Illinois in 1935. Mr. Laeding strongly believed that academics and athletics could work concurrently to assist youth in developing focus and integrity that would serve them positively for a lifetime.
The Lee E. Schauer Memorial Scholarship was established in 1989 by family and friends to honor the memory of this fine young man who lost his life in a tragic accident the summer before his senior year of high school. It is the wish of the Schauer family that this scholarship be awarded to a college-bound high school senior for whom the award will truly make a difference. For that reason, the award is intended to reach those students who may not qualify for other scholarships - “average“ students who are involved in their community and in school activities, who are leaders and display character traits like caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, but whose GPA may eliminate them from consideration for other scholarships.
The Marilynn Smith Scholarship is granted annually through The LPGA Foundation and the Marilynn Smith Scholarship Fund. Established in 1999 by Marilynn with the proceeds of a golf tournament she organized, the objective of the Marilynn Smith Scholarship is to provide a scholarship to a female high school senior who has played golf in high school or in her community and is planning to play golf at an accredited college or university in the United States.
The Mark Collier Caudill Scholarship was established by Virginia Whichard Caudill in 2010 to honor her husband on his birthday and to provide scholarships to graduating high school seniors from R.J. Reynolds High School. The scholarship may provide a non-renewable award for a minority male student-athlete who will attend an accredited four-year college or university in pursuit of a degree.
The Massachusetts Youth Soccer Scholarship Program is for high school seniors who plan to attend a post-secondary educational institution. A scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded to one male and one female each year. To be eligible for this scholarship, the student-athlete must have been associated with Massachusetts Youth Soccer for at least the past two years.
At Matrix Health Group our Mission is to provide individualized, focused services to people with bleeding disorders nationwide. Our Vision is to enhance the lives of those we are privileged to serve by providing the best pharmacy and support services possible. Matrix Health Group companies offer nine educational scholarship opportunities to students diagnosed with hemophilia, von Willebrand Disease, or other bleeding disorders, and in the case of three of the scholarships, immediate family members may also apply. Applicants are not required to be past, current, or future customers of Matrix Health Group or its companies.
PCA scholarships are awarded to high school athletes, based on their essays explaining how they meet the standard defined in Elevating Your Game: Becoming a Triple-Impact Competitor by PCA Founder Jim Thompson, including Personal Mastery, Leadership and Honoring the Game.
In 1988, the National Collegiate Athletic Association established the Walter Byers Scholarship as a means of recognizing the contributions of the former executive director through encouraging excellence in academic performance by student-athletes. Annually, one male and one female student-athlete are awarded a $24,000 Walter Byers scholarship in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and potential for success in graduate study. It is intended that an individual named a Byers Scholar will be recognized as one who has combined the best elements of mind and body to achieve national distinction for his or her achievements, and promises to be a future leader in his or her chosen field of career service. Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship is granted annually through The LPGA Foundation and the Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship Fund. Established in 2006, the objective of the Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship is to provide a need-based scholarship to a female high school senior from a recognized minority background who will be pursuing a full-time course of study and playing collegiate golf at an accredited college or university in the United States.
Pittsburg Penguins/Bob Johnson Memorial Scholarship
The Pittsburgh Penguins awards an annual Pittsburgh Penguins/Bob Johnson Memorial Scholarship to a Western Pennsylvania high school senior who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, good citizenship, and school/community involvement. The student should demonstrate an intense love for the game of hockey personified by on-ice hustle, achievement beyond his/her talent level, leadership, etc.
The Pittsburgh Promise scholarship is a big idea and a real commitment: if you live in the city and attend Pittsburgh Public schools from 9th grade on, a Promise scholarship will be waiting for you at graduation. The Promise is not like most scholarships. You don’t have to be a straight-A student or a star athlete to be eligible for The Pittsburgh Promise.
The Bandit Scholars Program was founded in 2009 by the Quad Cities River Bandits' team owners Dave Heller and Bob Herrfeldt; the program pays the entire first year of college tuition for two Quad Cities area students through the Keith Lucier Memorial Scholarship and the Bandit Scholarship. The deserving recipient of each scholarship will not only have excelled in the classroom, but will have been active in sports and extracurricular activities at their school; have had an impressive history of helping others, even when no one is looking; have demonstrated leadership and compassion; and have already made a positive impact in our community through his or her actions, activities and work experience. Each winner will also have shown a commitment to continue his or her work to make the Quad Cities a better place to live, work, play and raise a family.
Robert Morris University’s League of Legends Scholarship
Robert Morris University is the first university to offer gaming scholarships with the addition of eSports to their varsity lineup. The scholarships are for players of League of Legends, and players will compete for Riot’s North American Collegiate Championship and $100,000 in scholarships. Qualified gamers can earn scholarships of up to 50 percent tuition and 50 percent room and board.
The Sara Scholarship was established as part of the final will of Sara Sheehan, who passed away in 2011. The award is granted annually to female high school seniors who plan to pursue a college degree and who demonstrate academic achievement, excellence of character, financial need and active engagement with the sport of golf. Skill in playing golf is not a criterion.
The Scott and Kim Verplank Foundation provides annual college scholarships of up to $10,000 to be used toward tuition, student fees, and books. Scholarships are renewable for up to a maximum of four (4) years for any one recipient based on completing the renewal requirements.
Named in memory of J.B. Scott and Joe McKenna, founders of RMOWP, the award is given annually to a student with a career interest in communicating about the outdoors. Students need not have a declared major in a communications field. Outdoors subjects include, birding, conservation, science, fishing, hunting, camping, backpacking, paddle and climbing sports.
The Sean Patrick French Memorial Scholarship Fund was created by the family of Sean Patrick French following his tragic death as a passenger in an underage drunk driving car wreck on January 1, 2002 and is administered by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. Sean was a popular junior at Chatham High School, an honor roll student and a record-setting runner.
Sigma Phi Epsilon Balanced Man Scholarship-Western Michigan University
The Balanced Man Scholarship is for incoming freshmen males at Western Michigan University. The Balanced Man Scholarship is awarded to men who embody our principle of the Balanced Man; those who achieved balance and succeeded in the areas of scholarship, leadership, athletics, and community service during their high school careers. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required.
Stuart Schweigert established this scholarship in 2008 to assist a student athlete from his alma mater, Heritage High School. While attending Heritage, Stuart was ranked as the?No. 9 defensive back and the No. 78 player overall in the nation by Prep Football Report, as the?No. 18 best skill athlete by SuperPrep and a four-star recruit (out of four) by Rivals.com.
Texas Tennis and Education Foundation Scholarships
Funds collected through charitable donations and tennis events are under the supervision and control of the Texas Tennis and Education Foundation. The purpose of the funds is to provide scholarships for ambitious and worthy students who reside in the Texas Section, have an interest in tennis, and have a desire to obtain a higher education but are in need of financial aid to do so. The scholarships are administered solely by the Texas Tennis and Education Foundation. Gifts to the scholarship funds should be made directly to the Texas Tennis and Education Foundation and may be earmarked for the particular scholarship if desired.
Texas Tennis and Education Foundation Competitive Player Travel Assistance Grant
The purpose of this grant is to assist competitive junior players with their travel expenses to National Junior Tournament Schedule events or ITF Schedule events. Any player, whether Quota (already receiving monetary help from the USTA Texas Section) or not, may submit an application for this travel expense reimbursement grant associated with national events. The deadline for submission of the grant applications are outlined below.
This scholarship is for Black high school seniors from ETHS with demonstrated academic excellence or improvement, involvement in school activities and/or team sports, and an interest in community service. The scholarship will be awarded in two installments, on in the first year, and one in the third year.
The Chicago Wolves Hockey Team has created the Tim Breslin Memorial Scholarship in loving memory of former player Tim Breslin. All interested junior high and high school students must fill out the official application and complete an essay (500 words or less) on the subject detailed in the entry form.
PCA scholarships are awarded to high school athletes, based on their essays explaining how they meet the standard defined in Elevating Your Game: Becoming a Triple-Impact Competitor by PCA Founder Jim Thompson, including Personal Mastery, Leadership and Honoring the Game.
UCF Races will hold a Club Challenge competition at the Columbia Triathlon to encourage clubs to compete as a team in performance-based and participation-based challenges. In an effort to constantly remind athletes of UCF Races that their entry fees support the mission of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, two scholarships will be distributed in the name of the winning triathlon clubs.
This scholarship is based upon the Balanced Man ideals that Sigma Phi Epsilon was founded upon. At the University of Cincinnati, our chapter awards 15 scholarships at the beginning of each year to incoming freshman that have proven to be scholars, athletes, leaders, and balanced men throughout high school.
The National Gymnastics Foundation provides opportunities for individual, corporate, foundation and government gifts and grants to support, nurture and steward the special programs and initiatives of USA Gymnastics that build scholarship; develop grassroots model programming; strengthen international relationships through world education and competition; and address the mental and physical challenges presented by the sport. In partnership with USA Gymnastics Men’s and Women’s Programs, opportunities in the sport of gymnastics are advanced by offering scholastic financial support to a full range of competitive USA Gymnastics athlete members.
This award annually recognizes star qualities in a female high school senior or college student who competes in the sport of bowling. Star qualities include distinguished bowling performance on the local, regional, state and national levels, academic achievement and extracurricular and civic involvement.
As a high school bowler, your selection to the Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team is based on your bowling accomplishments, academic achievement, letters of recommendation, extra-curricular and community involvement, submitted essays and resumes. Minimum requirements for selection include a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) and at least one letter of recommendation.
This award annually recognizes star qualities in a male high school senior or college student who competes in the sport of bowling. Star qualities include distinguished certified bowling performance on the local, regional, state and national levels, academic achievement and extracurricular and civic involvement. The award winner receives a $6,000 scholarship.
The VFW and one of its major supporters, Sport Clips Haircuts, have again partnered to help our veterans and their families. The VFW “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship“ will provide service members and veterans with the financial assistance they need to complete their educational goals without incurring excessive student loan debt.
The Travis Memorial Scholarships will be awarded to students pursuing a career in one of the following professions: landscape design/golf course architecture, golf course turf grass management/golf course superintendent, professional golf management, club professional or sports journalism with a special interest in golf.
Winston Churchill Foundation of the USA Scholarship Program
The prestigious Churchill Scholarship was set up at the request of Sir Winston Churchill in order to fulfill his vision of US-UK scientific exchange with the goal of advancing science and technology on both sides of the Atlantic, helping to ensure our future prosperity and security. An applicant for the Churchill Scholarship must be a citizen of the United States, either native born or naturalized, and must be a senior who is enrolled in one of the institutions participating in the scholarship program or a student who has graduated from one of those institutions within the past 12 months. Upon taking up the Churchill Scholarship, a Churchill Scholar must hold a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent, and may not have attained a doctorate. Applicants should be able to show proven talent in research and a capacity to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics by pursuing original, creative work at an advanced level as demonstrated by awards, prizes, research, and letters of recommendation. Applicants in the sciences and engineering will demonstrate extensive laboratory experience, internships, or other related work, while applicants in mathematics will show substantial independent work or other projects. The Foundation does not require a minimum GPA, but recent Churchill Scholars have had a GPA of at least 3.7 and usually have 3.9 or above. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s website.
The Women’s Western Golf Foundation is a charitable trust providing undergraduate scholarships. Award winners receive a grant in the amount of $2,000 yearly. The scholarship is renewable each year, for four years, provided the recipient shows continued financial need and maintenance of GPA above 3.0.
Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies
The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies encourages original and significant research about women that crosses disciplinary, regional, or cultural boundaries. Previous Fellows have explored such topics as transnational religious education for Muslim women, the complex gender dynamics of transidentity management, women’s electoral success across racial and institutional contexts, women’s sports, militarism and the education of American women, and the relationship between family commitments and women’s work mobility. The prestigious WW Women’s Studies Fellowships support the final year of dissertation writing for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences whose work addresses topics of women and gender in interdisciplinary and original ways. Since the first Women’s Studies Fellows were named in 1974, over 500 emerging scholars have been funded, many now prominent in their fields.
Awards - ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 - are available for basketball, baseball, cross country, track and field, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, and women’s volleyball. Coaches determine recipients of these awards based on demonstrated talent and skill. If the athlete has an ACT of at least 27, they are eligible for this award. A WWU GPA of at least 3.0 is required for renewal.