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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.

Alabama Golf Association Women's Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The Alabama Golf Association Women's Scholarship Fund was created 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. Applicant must be a graduate of an accredited secondary school where she has shown evidence of academic excellence, good [...] More

Alliance Pipeline Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • 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

Augustana College Athletic Grant

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • 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. Augustana Athletic Grants are awarded to outstanding student-athletes; NCAA Division II, Northern Sun Intercollegiate [...] More

Billy Smith Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Billy Smith Memorial Scholarship provides educational resources for graduation high school baseball or softball players who intend to pursue a sports-related college degree. Applicant must be a graduating high school senior, reside in Winnebago, Boone, Ogle or Stephenson County, have played at least three years of baseball or softball in high school, including senior year, must major in a [...] More

Brian Pearson Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/6/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Brian Pearson Memorial Scholarship recognizes outstanding athletes from Iowa. One $1,000 scholarship annually will be awarded to one male and one female Iowan. Throughout the selection process, the degree of participation in the Iowa Games will be given consideration, as well as the applicant’s display of character. Eligible recipients for the scholarship are those students who will be in [...] More

Buster Lindsay Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Buster Lindsay Memorial Scholarship provides educational resources to student athletes from Jefferson High School to assist them in college. Applicant must be a graduating senior from Jefferson High school, have participated in high school sports for a minimum of 3 years (including senior year), have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and plan to attend a two- or four- year college or university. For more [...] More

Cameron Impact Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 9/11/2020
  • Amount: $50,000
  • Through the Cameron Impact Scholarship, the Bryan Cameron Education Foundation seeks to invest in exceptional individuals who will make a notable impact in their varied professional and personal relationships throughout their entire lives. Applicants must be high school students graduating in 2021, planning to enroll in a full-time course of study toward a bachelor’s degree at an accredited [...] More

CCU Athletics Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • 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. Prospective student athletes should contact their specific coach for further information. Must be a [...] More

Connor Porter Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2021
  • Amount: $2,000
  • 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 [...] More

CSUB Albert Holloway Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The CSUB Albert Holloway Memorial 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. In order to apply, you must be a student-athlete at [...] More

CWGGF Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/6/2021
  • Amount: $8,000
  • The California Association of Winegrape Growers Foundation offers scholarships to graduating high school seniors. Two types of scholarships are offered - scholarships for four years at any campus in the University of California or California State University System, and scholarships for two years at any California community college. Only the children with a parent or legal
    guardian employed by a [...] More

Deborah Jean Rydberg Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Deborah Jean Rydberg Memorial Scholarship provides educational resources for Guilford High School students to pursue their dreams through higher education. Applicant must be a female graduating senior from Guilford High School who is involved in athletics, has a minimum GPA of 2.3, plans on attending college and demonstrates a strong work ethic. A recommendation from a Guilford coach is [...] More

DeSales University Presidential Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The selection process for DeSales University Presidential Scholarships is competitive with awards going to the highest ranking applicants based upon grade point average, class rank, and SAT or ACT scores. Academic scholarships are available for up to eight semesters and awarded annually. Applicants are able to receive $22,000 to full tuition annually through the DeSales University Presidential [...] More

First Presbyterian Church of Richardson Mitchell/Tufts Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Mitchell/Tufts Foundation Scholarship was established for members or persons active in the life of a Presbyterian church in the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA)in North Central Texas, or in Los Angeles California, who are students of promise and can demonstrate financial need. Preference is given to members or persons active in the life of the First Presbyterian Church, Richardson Texas, or [...] More

FMC Ice Sports Skaters Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The FMC Skaters Scholarship program was developed 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, high school seniors, and skate at FMC arenas. For more information or to [...] More

Friends of MCC Foundation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • 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, healthcare, horticulture/plant science, humanities, journalism/writing, [...] More

Gene and John Athletic Fund Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Gene & John Athletic Fund provides scholarships to emerging lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer athletes to help them reach their potential and realize their dreams. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Harold Colby/Ray Barton NH Association of Septage Haulers Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/24/2021
  • Amount: $500
  • The Harold Colby/Ray Barton NHASH Memorial Scholarship is open to high school students interested in pursuing a degree in any Environmental Science field. Special consideration will be given to applicants with immediate family members who are NHASH members or with immediate family members who are involved in an industry related business or organization which
    meets the criteria for membership as [...] More

James W. McLamore WHOPPER Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/15/2020
  • Amount: $50,000
  • 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 1220 SAT score. Students must have demonstrated an active leadership role in community service, [...] More

Joyce Komperda Athlete Support Fund

  • Application Deadline: 8/31/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Joyce Komperda Athlete Support Fund fund is intended to provide financial assistance for intermediate, novice and junior-level athletes who demonstrate financial need. Applicants can be singles, pairs or ice dancing competitor at the intermediate through junior levels and must be a current member of U.S. Figure Skating. A 250-word essay is required as well. For more information or to apply, [...] More

Lee E. Schauer Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/3/2021
  • Amount: $48,000
  • The Lee E. Schauer Scholarship is intended to reach 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 criteria for the scholarship are: [...] More

Massachusetts Youth Soccer Student Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • 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. Each application (and supporting [...] More

Matrix Health Group Memorial Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 8/1/2021
  • Amount: $2,000
  • 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 [...] More

Mike Lozano Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/10/2021
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Mike Lozano Scholarship is given annually to a graduating high school senior athlete from the northernmost 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle. A minimum 2.0 GPA is required and students must be interested in pursuing a degree in education and/or coaching for the purpose of teaching and coaching at the high school level upon graduation from college. For more information or to apply, please [...] More

PBA Billy Welu Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/21/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • 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 GPA or equivalent. For more [...] More

Pittsburg Penguins/Bob Johnson Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/20/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • 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, [...] More

Sean Patrick French Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • 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. The scholarship fund, in [...] More

The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation: Advancement of Women in Sports & Entertainment Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $1,000
  • 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. The scholarship is granted to four applicants annually who are matriculating full-time in their sophomore, junior, senior or first year of graduate school. A minimum GPA [...] More

The John F. & Edith L. Wilsterman Scholarship Trust

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2021
  • Amount: $20,000
  • 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. Those whose cumulative grades may not reflect their potential because of [...] More

The Pittsburg Promise Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2021
  • Amount: $20,000
  • To receive the Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship, The Promise requires that you live in the City of Pittsburgh, continuously, without interruption, for at least the four years of high school; attend Pittsburgh Public Schools, continuously, without interruption, from at least the beginning of 9th grade, and through to graduation; graduate with a cumulative 2.5 GPA or better; maintain an attendance [...] More

The Scott and Kim Verplank Foundation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2021
  • Amount: $10,000
  • To be eligible for the The Scott and Kim Verplank Foundation Scholarships, applicants must: be a high school senior; have Type 1 diabetes and are properly managing in; have participated in athletics; and, have a 3.0 GPA. Candidates are notified in June. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

The Walter J. Travis Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Walter J. Travis Memorial Scholarship is an annual award given to honor the remarkable accomplishments and contributions of Walter J. Travis in the game of golf. Applicants must be enrolled/matriculated as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited two-year or four-year college/university and pursuing a career in one of the following professions: landscape design/golf [...] More

The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies

  • Application Deadline: 10/15/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies encourages original and significant research about women that crosses disciplinary, regional, or cultural boundaries, and supports 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.Previous Fellows have [...] More

Thomas K. Besh Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 5/3/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Thomas K. Besh Memorial Scholarship Fund is offered to skiers. Eligible applicants must be Alaskan residents, have a 2.75 GPA, and be a high school senior, high school graduate, or attending an accredited university. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

University of Cincinnati Balanced Man Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2021
  • Amount: $4,000
  • The University of Cincinnati Balanced Man Scholarship is based upon the Balanced Man ideals upon which Sigma Phi was founded. 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 scholarship process consists of three simple steps: [...] More

USBC Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2020
  • Amount: $6,000
  • The USBC Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow 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. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship [...] More

VFW "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship"

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The VFW's "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship" provides service members and veterans with the financial assistance they need to complete their educational goals without incurring excessive student loan debt. Applications are open twice a year for the fall and spring semesters. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are retired, honorably discharged, active duty, or a member of the National Guard [...] More

Winston Churchill Foundation of the USA Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 10/31/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • 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 [...] More

Women's Western Golf Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The WWGF charitable trust was formed to receive and distribute funds to advance women in scholastic achievement and intercollegiate golf program. Applicant must be a female high school senior who actively participate in golf, earn a 3.5 GPA (on 4.0 scale), demonstrate outstanding character and require financial assistance to attend a four year college in the U.S. For more information or to apply, [...] More

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