Baseball Scholarships

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

  • 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

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

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

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