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.

ACF Notah Begay III Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: March 16, Annually
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.

Eligibility:
-Applicants must be Native American scholar-athletes (proof of tribal enrollment or certificate [...] More

Alliance Pipeline Scholarship
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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. The amount of the scholarship will be determined by January of each year by the Director of the University Advancement based on the interest earnings in the [...] More

Appaloosa Youth Foundation Territory Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 20, Annually
The Appaloosa Youth Foundation awards scholarships to outstanding youth members of the Appaloosa Horse Club or Appaloosa Youth Association wishing to pursue higher education. Scholarships are awarded annually, with the entire amount paid to the financial office of the college or university the student will be attending. The entire award is paid at the beginning of the student's first semester; is [...] More

Balanced Man Scholarship - University of Washington
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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. The scholarship is available to all incoming male students, not solely to those [...] More

Bev Granger Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 15, Annually
The WSCGA Foundation not only supports the athletic dreams of our young golfers, but also their academic pursuits and talents through scholarship awards. All applicants must fill out a general scholarship application. The WSCGA Foundation Scholarship Committee then decides which scholarship is best suited for the applicant based on her talents, extra-curricular activities, and academic goals. [...] More

Billiard Education Foundation Academic Scholarship Program
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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.

Through the generosity of our donors and [...] More

Billy Smith Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
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.

Eligibility:
-Applicant must be a graduating high school senior
-Must reside in Winnebago, Boone, Ogle or Stephenson County
-Must have played at least three (3) years of baseball or [...] More

Brian Pearson Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
In honor of former Iowa State University basketball player Brian Pearson, who died of brain cancer in the fall of 1997, the Iowa Games began awarding the Brian Pearson Memorial Scholarship in 1998. Pearson knew the meaning of hard work and recognized the rewards of commitment. He valued the relationships he had with his family, friends, neighbors and teammates. People who were fortunate enough to [...] More

Burger King James W. McLamore WHOPPER Scholarship
Application Deadlines: December 15, Annually
The McLamore Family Foundation created the James W. McLamore WHOPPER Scholarship Award, granting a $50,000 scholarship to three students each year since 2011. The four-year scholarship is intended to help the top students that apply achieve their educational and professional goals, along with serving as a tribute to Jim himself.

Applicants must:
-Be citizens of the United States or [...] More

Buster Lindsay Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
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 funds' creators selected the criteria for each scholarship, based on their [...] More

Carnegie Mellon University Sigma Phi Epsilon Balanced Man Scholarship
Application Deadlines: September 07, Annually
The Balanced Man embodies the ideals of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, maintaining a Sound Mind and Sound Body. Each year Sigma Phi Epsilon awards a $1,000 scholarship to the most "balanced" incoming male freshman and a $500 scholarship to the runner-up in order to acknowledge and commend students that exemplify the four characteristics we value most in our brothers - athleticism, leadership, [...] More

CCU Athletics Scholarship
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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

Chaparral Motorsports College Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 31, Annually
Chaparral Motorsports is one of the largest motorcycle accessory and vehicle dealerships in the country. We are pleased to announce the first annual Chaparral Motorsports College Scholarship competition. Write a 400-500 word essay for your chance to win $1,000! Your entry just might win you $1,000 to help out with your college or trade school costs.

In order to enter, please answer the [...] More

Deborah Jean Rydberg Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
The Rydberg Scholarship requires two (2) recommendations. One of the two required online recommendation forms must be from a Guilford High School athletic coach.

Eligibility:
-Applicant must be a female
-Graduating senior from Guilford High School
-Involved in athletics
-Has a minimum GPA of 2.3
-Planning on attending college
-Has a strong work ethic

For more information or to apply, [...] More

FMC Ice Sports Skaters Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 15, Annually
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.

Note: The postmark date is before [...] More

Foot Locker Scholar Athlete Scholarship
Application Deadlines: December 17, Annually
The Foot Locker Scholar-Athletes program awards 20 high school, college-bound seniors across the nation for being exemplary leaders on their sports teams, in their classrooms, and in their communities. The college scholarship, sponsored by the Foot Locker Foundation, is intended to help phenomenal student-athletes pursue their dreams of attending and excelling at a four-year college/university. [...] More

Hood Sportsmanship Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 11, Annually
The Hood Milk Sportsmanship Scholarship Program awards 18 New England high school student athletes with a scholarship toward furthering their education at a two- or four- year accredited college or university.

To be eligible, high school seniors must have proven their ability to put the spirit of competition above winning while participating in a varsity sport. These students must have also [...] More

Jack Diller Education Award
Application Deadlines: February 12, Annually
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.

Eligibility:
-College-bound senior currently attending a Nashville or Middle Tennessee area high school (must be [...] More

Lee E. Schauer Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 04, Annually
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 [...] More

PBA Billy Welu Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: June 15, Annually
The Professional Bowlers Association Billy Welu Scholarship is awarded annually, recognizing exemplary qualities in male or female college students who compete in the sport of bowling.

The scholarship winner receives $1,000. To be eligible candidates must be amateur bowlers who are currently in college (preceding the application date) and maintain at least a 2.5/4.0 GPA or equivalent. [...] More

PCA Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: May 31, Annually
PCA awards scholarships of $1,000-$2,000 are given to high school athletes, based on their essays explaining how they meet the standard defined in "Elevating Your Game: Becoming a Triple-Impact Competitor": Personal Mastery: Making oneself better, Leadership: Making one's teammates better, and Honoring the Game: Making the game better.

Eligibility:
-Current high school junior
-GPA of 2.5 or [...] More

Playing With Purpose Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
In 1996, SportQuest (formerly Athletes of Good News) developed a unique award program that recognizes and rewards Christian athletes. More than 60,000 Christian athletes have been touched by the SportQuest Playing With Purpose program, thousands of dollars in scholarships have been awarded and Christian athletes have received prestigious recognition on a national level through TV, newspaper and [...] More

Scott-McKenna Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 30, Annually
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. And, the medium may take the form of [...] More

Sigma Phi Epsilon Balanced Man Scholarship-Western Michigan University
Application Deadlines: July 10, Annually
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 is required. This award is non-renewable. Applying [...] More

The Anne Trabue Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: May 15, Annually
The first scholarship established by the WSCGA Foundation Board was the Anne Trabue Scholarship in honor of WSCGA's 'founding mother' and first President. In 1954, WSCGA honored Anne Trabue by creating a trophy in her name. The Anne Trabue Trophy is presented annually at the Southern Championship. The WSCGA Foundation again honors the legacy of Anne Trabue by creating a scholarship to assist a [...] More

The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation: Advancement of Women in Sports & Entertainment Scholarship
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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, [...] More

The Jerry Fuchs “Making a Difference” Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
MAN is an acronym which stands for "Minority Athletes Networking etc. Inc." MAN is a non-profit organization founded in April 1989 by former New York Football Giants George Martin, Ron Johnson, and Terrence Jackson. MAN is a unique conglomerate of former professional athletes, corporate executives, attorneys, entrepreneurs and performing artists with a deep abiding social commitment.

Committed [...] More

The Sagebrush Circuit - Lew & JoAnn Eklund Educational Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 18, Annually
The Sagebrush Circuit—Lew & JoAnn Eklund Educational Scholarship is funded in its entirety by donations made by the Appaloosa Youth Foundation from the dissolution of funds of the Sagebrush Circuit. This scholarship, the highest attainable scholarship available from the Appaloosa Youth Foundation, is given to members of the ApHC or the son or daughter of an ApHC member, is awarded to a college [...] More

The Sara Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 02, Annually
The Henry & Sara Sheehan Foundation has announced that it will fund a minimum of 12 college scholarships this year for eligible young women. The Sara Scholarship will be granted annually to female high school seniors who plan to pursue a college degree and who demonstrate academic achievement, excellent character, financial need and active engagement with the sport of golf. Skill in playing golf [...] More

The Three Sisters Scholarship Foundation
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
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.

For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

The Walter J. Travis Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: June 01, Annually
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.

In addition, as part of our effort to promote amateur golf, outstanding [...] More

Thomas R. Garrett Memorial Negro League Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 28, Annually
The Malloy Conference, hosted by SABR's Negro Leagues Committee, promotes activities to enhance scholarly, educational, and literary objectives. Since 1998, the event has been the only academic symposium dedicated exclusively to the examination and promotion of black baseball history. The conference, the brainchild of Ted Knorr from Harrisburg, PA, is open to sport and history fans of all ages. [...] More

Twin Cities Marathon, Inc. College Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: March 02, Annually
The Twin Cities In Motion (TCM) College Scholarship is a one-time freshman grant open to all high school seniors who participate in cross country or track and reside within the Twin Cities 11-county metro area.

Eligibility:
-Student athletes of all abilities are encouraged to apply
-Applicants must have participated in cross-country and/or track running events
-Applicants must have current [...] More

University of Nevada Balanced Man Scholarship
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Are you a high school senior who believes in developing both your mind and body as a way to live a complete life? Are you looking for a scholarship that recognizes your achievements inside and outside of the classroom?

SigEp, the nation’s largest college fraternity, is awarding over $225,000 during the past academic year with its Balanced Man Scholarships. The Balanced Man Scholarship awards [...] More

USBC Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow
Application Deadlines: December 01, Annually
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.

Eligibility:
-Be a current USBC Youth member in their senior year of high school or [...] More

USBC Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow
Application Deadlines: December 01, Annually
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.

Eligibility:

- Be a current [...] More

Women's Western Golf Foundation Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
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.

Applicant Qualifications:
- High school senior female who intends to graduate high school in [...] More

Last Edited: October 2015

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