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.

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

Anne Trabue Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 15, Annually
Anne Trabue, affectionately known as the mother of women's golf in Southern California, was a noted journalist who wrote extensively about golf in Southern California in the first half of the 20th century. Her contemporaries described her as a woman of gracious charm, intelligent foresight and great patience. She was the driving force behind the organization of the Women's Southern California [...] More

Appaloosa Youth Foundation Education Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 20, Annually
The Appaloosa Youth Foundation annually awards six youth educational scholarships of up to $1,000 each. One may be awarded in each of the six territories of the Appaloosa Horse Club. One be awarded at-large, and one may be awarded to a winner from the previous year in the form of a continuing scholarship. The Appaloosa Youth Foundation reserves the right to vary the number of scholarships [...] More

Appaloosa Youth Foundation Lew & Jo Eklund Educational Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 20, Annually
The Sagebrush Circuit - Lew & JoAnn Eklund Educational scholarship, in the amount of $2,000 annual award, is funded in its entirety by donations made by the Appaloosa Youth Foundation from the dissolution of funds of the Sagebrush Circuit. It is the highest attainable scholarship available from the Appaloosa Youth Foundation.

Applicants must be members of the ApHC or be the son or daughter of [...] More

Balanced Man Scholarship - University of Washington
Application Deadlines: June 28, Annually
Each year, Sigma Phi Epsilon awards $4,000 to six young men who exemplify excellence in academics, athletics, and extracurricular activities. While the primary purpose of all college students is to graduate, we believe that in order to fully become a man one cannot solely focus upon academics. This scholarship specifically awards those students whose achievements, academic performance, and [...] More

Bev Granger Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 15, Annually
Family and friends of Bev Granger, to celebrate her life, collected contributions to establish a scholarship in her name. Not only was Bev an avid golfer, she was also an ardent tennis player and skier.

A graduate of the University of Minnesota's School of Nursing, she balanced family and career, working as an x-ray technician for 45 years and raising three children. Fishing, tennis, skiing [...] More

Billiard Education Foundation Academic Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines:
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: February 01, Annually
The scholarships criteria for the Billy Smith Memorial Scholarship:

A. Applicant must be a graduating high school senior
B. Must reside in Winnebago, Boone, Ogle or Stephenson County
C. Must have played at least three years of baseball or softball in high school, including senior year
D. Must major in a sports related field in college
E. Must have a minimum GPA of [...] 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: February 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

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

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

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™
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
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

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

A. Applicant must be a female who is
B. Graduating senior from Guilford High School
C. Involved in athletics
D. Has a minimum GPA of 2.3/4.0
E. Planning on attending college
F. Has a strong work [...] More

Diabetes Scholars Foundation College Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
The Diabetes Scholars Foundation Scholarship Program is available to incoming freshmen seeking a higher education at an accredited four year university, college, technical or trade school. This scholarship recognizes students who are actively involved in the diabetes community, who have high academic performance, who participate in community and/or extra curricular activities and who have [...] 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 skating participants in June of each year. All applicants must be New England residents and skate at FMC [...] 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 06, Annually
For more than 160 years, Hood has been committed to supporting families and communities across New England. Hood is proud to be able to give 18 student athletes an opportunity to win a $5,000 college scholarship.

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 [...] 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 in the amount of $2,500. Our winners will also be honored in an in-arena presentation at a Predators home game at the Bridgestone Arena in March or April.

Student applicants must meet the following criteria:

- College-bound [...] More

Joe Cribari Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
Named for the late Joe Cribari, professor at Colorado State University and dedicated coach, this scholarship is awarded to a graduating member of one of the four Poudre School District High School football teams. The applicant must have demonstrated leadership, good sportsmanship, and excelled in the sport of football. Applicants must also have a 3.5 or greater GPA, with goals to attend any [...] 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

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
The Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers & Photographers, Inc. accepts applications for its coveted Scott-McKenna Memorial Scholarship on an on-going basis. 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. Outdoor communications take the form of published written material, photographs, [...] More

Sidney-Shelby County YMCA Lee E. Schauer Memorial 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

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 Balanced Man Scholarship at the University of Nevada
Application Deadlines: July 01, Annually
The Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp) Chapter at The University of Nevada, Reno has offered this scholarship as the first step toward the quest to find balanced men. The qualities that form the foundation of the Balanced Man concept are those of academic excellence, leadership, athleticism, and social maturity. In order to reward young men for displaying these ideals, the SigEp chapter at The [...] More

The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation: Advancement of Women in Sports & Entertainment Scholarship
Application Deadlines: June 15, Annually
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 underrepresentation 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/ MAN-etc., Inc. “Making a Difference” Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
“Minority Athletes Networking etc. Inc.” 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 to "Making A Difference" in the lives [...] More

The Kevin Dare "Life... Back on Track" Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 31, Annually
This scholarship is intended for high school student athletes that have suffered a debilitating injury or illness (examples: cancer, catastrophic injury) to help them achieve their academic goals at a four-year academic institution.

Kevin was known for supporting the underdog and standing up for what he believed was right. He was fiercely competitive and a high achiever. His family and the [...] More

The Sara Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 04, 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, excellence of character, financial need and active engagement with the sport of golf. Skill in playing [...] More

The Three Sisters Scholarship Foundation
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
This scholarship is for seniors at Evanston Township High School in Illinois and Montclair High School in New Jersey.

- $2,000 in the first year
- $2,000 in the third year
- Awarded to two students per year
- Open to E.T.H.S. seniors intending to enroll in a four-year college or university
- Preference given to an African-American female who has demonstrated academic improvement, [...] 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

Thomsa R. Garrett Memorial Negro League Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 23, Annually
The Negro Leagues Committee (NLC) of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR)is pleased to announce their essay-writing contest for high school seniors. SABR is a global team of almost 6500 individuals and over 30 research committees. The NLC is the only one of SABR’s committees dedicated exclusively to the history of black baseball. Each year the NLC hosts a JERRY MALLOY NEGRO LEAGUE [...] More

Triple Impact Competitor Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 31, Annually
PCA awards 60 scholarships of $1,000-$2,000 (depending on location) 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:
• Personal Mastery: Making oneself better
• Leadership: Making one's teammates better
• Honoring the Game: Making the game better.
[...] 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 year $5,000 grant open to all high school seniors who participate in cross country or track and reside within the Twin Cities 11-county metro area.

Scholarship Requirements and Information:
- Student athletes of all abilities are encouraged to apply
- Applicants must have participated in cross country and/or track [...] 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. The award winner receives a $6,000 scholarship.

- Be a current USBC Youth [...] 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.


- 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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