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.

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

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: March 01, Annually
The scholarships criteria for the Billy Smith Memorial Scholarship:

-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 softball in high school, including senior year
-Must major in a sports related field in college
-Must have a minimum GPA of [...] More

Dixie Youth Baseball Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
From the very beginning, the leaders of Dixie Youth Baseball knew they wanted to develop a college scholarship program that would help former players obtain a college education. There wasn't much money in the beginning. The first eligible players graduated in 1961, one $500 scholarship and one $250 scholarship were awarded. And from its modest beginning, the scholarship program has grown to an [...] More

PONY Baseball/Softball Alumni Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
An Alumni Scholarship for graduates of the Pony League, Colt League and/or Palomino League is available through the PONY Baseball/Softball Scholarship Program. In order to be considered for a scholarship a PONY baseball or softball player must play on a PONY affiliated Pony, Colt and/or Palomino team for at least two years prior to application and be a senior in high school. The Scholarship [...] More

The Jimmie Crutchfield Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 28, 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 6,500 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

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

WWU Scholar-Athlete Award
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
Awards 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.

Check out the WWU athletic website for more [...] More

Last Edited: December 2015

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