Baseball is a sport with deep, American tradition and thousands of players compete yearly to play at the collegiate level. Like many other collegiate sports, baseball is very competitive, especially when it comes to landing one of the limited baseball scholarships. Since it is known as an equivalency sport - meaning scholarships can be divided and given to multiple players, unlike football and basketball - each division level has its own number of scholarships. Coaches can more freely divide scholarships from full tuition scholarships into partial tuition scholarship. The different baseball divisions are NCAA D1, NCAA D2, NCAA D3, NAIA, and junior college baseball. Many student-athletes begin their scholarship search in their sophomore year of college and working closely with their coaches to prepare their statistics and play reels for college recruitment.
NCAA Division I baseball recruits only the top players and it is not uncommon for players to be recruited by big league teams before they enter college. Typically, coaches can divide their scholarships into awards for 30 players. Out of the 298 DI baseball programs, each school is allowed to offer a maximum of 11.7 scholarships per team. Roughly 242 colleges are NCAA DII programs and allow 9 full tuition scholarships. Partial tuition is common in DII which gives coaches flexibility in creating their roster. DIII baseball has the most schools participating, with 408 programs. However, DIII programs are prohibited from offering scholarships as a recruiting incentive. Rather, there are general athletic grants and academic scholarships that are offered in order to recruit talent to the campus
The NAIA represents smaller colleges and private universities where, while they may not be as high-profile as the NCAA, still have equally impressive and talented baseball players. With about 214 schools in the nation, 12 full ride scholarships are allowed for each program. These students typically have a strong academic profile and are also strong on the field.
Finally, the NJCAA regulates baseball at the junior college and community college levels. Though junior colleges tend to be overlooked when it comes to sports, NJCAA athletes can be just as impressive as their NCAA and NAIA counterparts. Scholarships are regulated just the same as they are in the NCAA and NJCAA.
Some of the larger colleges have scholarship funds offered by alumni who have played on their college team or funding dedicated to drawing talented baseball players to that college. Coaches may be able to choose whether to divide available funding among a group to form the strongest team, or give the bulk of funding to one particularly talented player that has impressed them on the field.
Check out some examples of baseball scholarships below, regardless of what division or level you intend to play at. For additional information about baseball scholarships and awards based on different criteria, try conducting a free college scholarship search at Scholarships.com.
Alliance Pipeline Scholarship
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
American Legion Baseball Scholarship
Application Deadlines: July 15, Annually
The American Legion offers a number of scholarships and other resources to assist young people in their pursuit of higher education. Each department baseball committee may select a player from their department to receive this scholarship.
Applicant must have graduated from high school or have enrolled at a college or university, be on a current roster with American Legion National Baseball [...] More
Augustana College Athletic Grant
The scholarship program at Augustana is made possible by the generous support from alumni, special friends of the University, corporations, and foundations. Through their dedication and generosity, students are realizing their dreams of a liberal arts education.
To be considered for scholarships at Augustana based on academic performance and/or talent requires a completed Application for [...] More
Bernie Varnadore Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
Outstanding High School Seniors who have participated in a franchised Dixie Boys Baseball, Incorporated program and plan to pursue undergraduate studies at a college or university may apply. Dixie Boys Baseball, Incorporated programs include Dixie Boys Baseball for boys 13 and 14 years old; Dixie Pre-Majors Baseball for boys 15 and 16 years old; and Dixie Majors Baseball for boys 15 through 19 [...] More
Billy Smith Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 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.
-Applicant must be a graduating high school senior
-Must reside in Winnebago, Boone, Ogle or Stephenson County
-Must have played at least three years of baseball or [...] More
CCU Athletics Scholarship
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
CSUB Albert Holloway Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 22, Annually
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.
-Must be a student-athlete at California State University - Bakersfield [...] More
IUTIS Club Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
To be eligible for the IUTIS Club Scholarship, the applicant must be a high school senior who participated in the IUTIS Club (Sidney, Ohio) boys softball program for at least four years and plan to attend a two- or four-year college/university.
Selection will be based on financial need, academic achievement, community and school service, and recommendations.
For more information or to [...] More
Kyle R. Magoto Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
To be eligible for an award from the Kyle R. Magoto Scholarship Fund, the applicant must be a Russia High School (Shelby Co., Ohio) graduating senior pursuing an associate's or a bachelor's degree as a full-time student at an accredited educational institution. Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and participated in at lease five (5) athletic seasons throughout high school.
Selection will [...] More
Mike Lozano Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 12, Annually
This scholarship fund was established in 2013 by family and friends of Coach Lozano. The fund will provide one scholarship annually to a graduating high school senior athlete from the northernmost 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle.
-Graduating high school senior
-Must be a student athlete
-Must have a 2.0 GPA to apply and must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 while in [...] More
WWU Scholar-Athlete Award
Application Deadlines: December 01, Annually
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.
For more [...] More
Last Edited: February 2016
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