Athletic Scholarships

With the grueling practice schedule and frequent games that comprise the life of a student athlete, figuring out how to pay for school is probably the last thing you want to worry about. Unfortunately, though, the problem of how to find money for college can be even more challenging for student athletes. Federal financial aid can help cover your tuition, but you probably want to avoid student loans, since earning a steady income from athletics can be a difficult task. Working your way through college while playing a sport can be nearly impossible, unless you’ve discovered a way to attain a college degree without actually devoting any time to coursework. And unfortunately, not everyone who plays sports is lucky enough to land a starting position on the team of a top university or to receive the generous scholarship award that comes with such an honor.

However, this doesn’t mean that student athletes need to give up on the prospect of winning scholarships to do what they love to do. Student athlete scholarships are available from a wide variety of sources, ranging from the university you choose to attend to numerous private funds. Both national and local scholarships for student athletes can be found, funded by anyone from the local Dollars for Scholars to multinational corporations. Additionally, you don’t have to be on your college’s official team to win a student athlete scholarship. Several scholarship opportunities are given to students who have played sports in high school, or who otherwise show a commitment to athletics.

University Scholarships for Student Athletes

The most common student athlete scholarships are awards given to players by colleges and universities. These may cover all or part of tuition and can even include a stipend, since being a student athlete is often a full-time job. Students hoping to be recruited by coaches shouldn’t just sit back and hope their dream school finds them. Rather, you should be proactive in conducting a college search to find schools you’d like to attend and teams you’d like to play on, then contact coaches yourself to see if they might be interested in getting you to play on their team and possibly landing you a student athlete scholarship.

Other Student Athlete Scholarships

For students who are looking for other sources of scholarship money instead of or in addition to university athletic scholarships, private scholarship funds do exist. Below is a list of a few popular student athlete scholarships available in our database. For a more comprehensive list, as well as information on other college scholarships for which you may qualify based on your background and interests, conduct a free college scholarship search and go for scholarship gold.

Alaska American Legion Western District Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 30, Annually
The American Legion is proud to offer this post-secondary scholarship to all graduating seniors in Alaska who meet the fixed criteria. This scholarship is not based on exceptional grades or athletic abilities. This scholarship is designed for people who are ready to make a commitment to their future and invest in some form of post-secondary education in order to prepare themselves for the rest of [...] More

Albuquerque Community Foundation (ACF) Notah Begay III Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: March 14, Annually
Professional golfer Notah Begay III established this scholarship fund in 1999 to benefit Native American athletes attending college. Awards are made to high school graduates demonstrating strong academic achievement and participation in varsity level sports. One or two $1,400 awards will be made. Additional criteria: - applicants must be Native American scholar-athletes - minimum GPA 3.0 - [...] More

Balanced Man Scholarship - Washburn University
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The Greeks had an ideal that could be summed up in one word: arête — excellence in every part of life...moral, intellectual and physical. These together contribute to the development of the whole person. This is the Balanced Man ideal that all members of Sigma Phi Epsilon strive for. "Always to be the best and to excel over others." - Homer Every year Sigma Phi Epsilon rewards a select few [...] More

Carolina Panthers Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: March 03, Annually
The Carolina Panthers Scholarship Fund provides graduate-level scholarships to athletes in North and South Carolina on the basis of leadership, citizenship and academic merit. All applicants must: - Have earned an intercollegiate varsity letter in college; female athletes may letter in any sport while male athletes must letter in football - Be a graduating senior athlete at an accredited [...] More

Colorado Christian University Athletics Scholarships
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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. Prospective student athletes should contact their specific coach for further [...] More

Davis Law Group Scholar Athlete Program™
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Scholar Athlete Program recognizes exceptional student athletes that are performing well in the classroom and on the field. To register for the scholarship, students need to apply online or be nominated by a coach, teacher, parent or friend. Students must be a senior in high school, currently attend a Washington State High School, have a 3.0 GPA or higher and participate in a sport. Students can [...] More

Dixie Youth Baseball Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
From the very beginning, the leaders of Dixie Youth Baseball knew they wanted to develop a college scholarship program that would help former players obtain a college education. There wasn't much money in the beginning. The first eligible players graduated in 1961, one $500 scholarship and one $250 scholarship were awarded. And from its modest beginning, the scholarship program has grown to an [...] More

FACT Graduating Senior Scholarship
Application Deadlines: January 15, Annually
The FACT Graduating Senior Scholarship is for graduating high school seniors entering their first year of college. Each year, scholarships are offered in four categories: (1) for current high school seniors; (2) for people who graduated from high school four or more years ago and are now planning to enroll in a college or university; (3) for students currently enrolled in a college or [...] More

FACT In-School Scholarship
Application Deadlines: January 15, Annually
This program is primarily designed for the so-called "average" student: It is for the individual who may never have made the honor roll or who didn't excel on the athletic field but who sincerely wants to obtain a higher education and is often overlooked by other scholarship sources. Requirements and Eligibility - Only FACT members and their immediate family members may apply - Eligible to [...] More

FACT Trade/Technical School Scholarship
Application Deadlines: January 15, Annually
Each year, scholarships are offered in four categories: (1) for current high school seniors; (2) for people who graduated from high school four or more years ago and are now planning to enroll in a college or university; (3) for students currently enrolled in a college or university; and (4) for trade or technical school aspirants. A minimum of eight scholarships are awarded annually: One for [...] More

Furman University Athletic Scholarships
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The Furman University Athletic Scholarships are partial to full scholarships awarded in 17 men's and women's intercollegiate sports. For more information, contact the director of athletics or the head coach in the sport in which you are [...] More

Furman University Palmetto Fellows
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Academic scholarships for residents of South Carolina, based on annual guidelines, which are currently a 3.50 grade point average, 1200 SAT or 27 ACT, rank in top six percent of the class, or 1400 combined SAT score and a high school grade point average of 4.00 or greater. Eligible candidates apply through their high school guidance offices in the fall of their senior years. South Carolina [...] More

International Students Academic Merit Scholarship
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The International Students Academic Merit Scholarship is open to new international students seeking a graduate or undergraduate degree. The scholarship covers 50 percent of the total of in and out-of-state tuition and maintenance fees only. No additional fees or costs are covered. The scholarship award can only be used for study at ETSU. The award is available for: -Eight semesters for [...] More

Kyle R. Magoto Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: March 12, Annually
To be eligible for an award from the Kyle R. Magoto Scholarship Fund, applicant must be a Russia High School (Shelby Co., Ohio) graduating senior who is pursuing an associate or a bachelor's degree as a full-time student at an accredited educational institution, have a high school GPA not less than 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale and must have participated in no less than five (5) athletic seasons [...] More

Linda Craig Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
The Linda Craig Memorial Scholarship, a program of the Pacers Foundation, Inc., provides scholarships for undergraduate college students presently enrolled in an Indiana college or university. The scholarship is awarded to deserving students with an academic major of medicine, sports medicine, physical therapy and/or related disciplines. The scholarship was established in the memory of Linda [...] More

Mainely Character Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
Many scholarships for Maine high school seniors reward academic or athletic achievement. Few, however, focus on character development. Mainely Character makes character count. We reward exemplary individual behavior and make continuing education possible for deserving Maine students. Since 2000, we've awarded one $5,000 scholarship annually. Only half of Maine's high school graduates go on to [...] More

Michael A. DeMayo Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: February 24, Annually
High school seniors who reside and attend school in the counties served by the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo, L.L.P. are encouraged to participate. North Carolina counties include Mecklenburg, Gaston, Catawba, Union, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Lincoln, Rowan, Caldwell, Stanly, Iredell, Alexander, Burke, Robeson, Scotland, Richmond, Anson and Cumberland; South Carolina counties include York, [...] More

Midkiff Challenge Foundation Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
The Midkiff Challenge Foundation was formed by members of the Parkwood Community in and around Monroe, NC, in memory of Joey Midkiff, Parkwood High School Class of 1993, who lost his life on September 7, 1999. Joey’s energy, playful nature and talent on the soccer field enhanced the lives of those around him. The Foundation’s mission is to help enhance the lives of its recipients by investing in [...] More

Missouri Valley College Dance Team Scholarships
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Our goal is to revive the dance program and build a competitive dance team at Missouri Valley College and our $10,800 scholarships rival any athletic awards. To apply for talent/department scholarships, you must work with your admissions counselor, the appropriate MVC faculty member or coach. Upon their official recommendation, the Admissions Office will notify you of your award. For more [...] More

Norwegian National League
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The Norwegian National League of Chicago is offering scholarships to students who are of Norwegian heritage residing in the Illinois counties of Cook, Lake, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, McHenry and Will. The first scholarship for $1,000 will be awarded to a high school senior with a minimum 3.0 GPA and who has been accepted by a college or university. Also, a $100 cash prize will be awarded to a high [...] More

The Indian American Community Foundation Upakar Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 30, Annually
Upakar was created to assist Indian Americans who require additional financial assistance to pursue educational, artistic or athletic goals at a post-secondary institution. It is further dedicated to the promotion and recognition of excellence through the support of the Indian community. The success of this endeavor depends on your continued support -- please read this message from the Chairman [...] More

The Mid-Atlantic Security Traders Foundation, Inc.
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
The Mid-Atlantic Security Traders Association is a non-profit organization and an affiliate of the Security Traders Association. This year, the Foundation intends to award a minimum of three $2,500 scholarships, one in each member jurisdiction of Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The monetary awarded amounts may increase depending on the number of applications received. The winners will be [...] More

Virginia International University Talent Scholarship
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Learning occurs not only inside the classroom but outside as well. The VIU Talent scholarship is awarded to students who have demonstrated superior talent and experiences outside of the classroom. This includes, but is not limited to, experience in the fields of athletics, music and art; candidate's professional experiences are also valued. This scholarship is open to both new and current VIU [...] More

Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: January 15, Annually
In 1988, the National Collegiate Athletic Association established the Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship Program as a means of recognizing the contributions of the former executive director through encouraging excellence in academic performance by student-athletes. Under this program, one male and one female student-athlete annually will be awarded a postgraduate scholarship in recognition of [...] More

William Woods University Athletic Scholarships
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
The William Woods University Athletic Scholarships are available to students who demonstrate talent and skills in the areas of basketball, baseball, cross country, track and field, golf, soccer and women's [...] More

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