Bowling Scholarships

Bowling has strong competition at the college level, particularly in Divisions I and II, where some of the top talent has a chance to earn substantial scholarship dollars. While collegiate bowling in the NCAA is only open to women, there are scholarships for male bowlers as well.

If you are looking to play at the college level, some of the top schools include Wichita State University, University of Nebraska, New Jersey City University, and Vanderbilt University. These schools' bowling programs award scholarships based on talent. As bowling has become more high-visibility and more popular among student athletes, the level of competition has increased for school-funded scholarships. Much of the funding is controlled by organizations like the NCAA, which also means there is a great amount of emphasis placed on not only talent but academic records, as those awarded scholarships must meet certain GPA requirements.

A particularly good resource for bowling scholarships is the USBC, as it is the national governing body of bowling as recognized by the USOC. This organization requires a membership and bowling is a good example of a sport where it would be wise to utilize any connections to local leagues and organizations. If you're good enough to play on your local league's team, chances are you're eligible for a number of scholarships. Most cities, states and regions also have their own bowling associations and scholarship funds earmarked for participants in their groups, or residents of those areas. These local awards often emphasize criteria outside of bowling, including community service, academic achievement and financial need.

Check out some examples of bowling scholarships below. For additional information about bowling scholarships and awards based on different criteria, try conducting a free college scholarship search at Scholarships.com.

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: 6/21/2020
  • 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

USBC Annual Zeb Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The USBC Annual Zeb Scholarship recognizes a USBC Youth member who achieves academic success and gives back to their community through service. Applicants must be in their junior or senior year of high school, and must be USBC Youth members in good standing. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

USBC Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarship annually recognizes a USBC Youth bowler for their community involvement and academic achievements. Applicants must be a current USBC Youth member in their senior year of high school or enrolled in college, be in good standing with the USBC, and have a 3.0 GPA. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

USBC Gift for Life Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The USBC Gift for Life Scholarship is are available to any USBC Youth member currently in high school currently holding a GPA of 2.5 or higher and who can demonstrate financial need. USBC awards up to 12 scholarships each year. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship providers' website. [...] More

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