If you are a high school student preparing for college, you will likely be seeking ways to help you pay for your education. There are many scholarship opportunities for students in general, but what about for serious athletes looking to continue their sport at a college or university? Here are a few tips we pulled together to help you in your search.
- NCAA Clearinghouse. Register on this site if you want to play NCAA college sports and receive a scholarship at the DI or DII level. They recommend registering by the start of your junior year. Thoroughly read the eligibility requirements and information that will be requested so that you understand what is needed, and so you’ll have enough time to gather documents.
- FastWeb is a great resource for finding scholarship and financial aid information for any college-bound high school student. They have a wonderful list of athletic associations and sports scholarship sites to help athletes find the money and support they need.
- SuperCollege has a $1,000 college scholarship for high school athletes, as well as a scholarship search tool to access over 2.2 million scholarships and grants.
- Scholarships.com has an extensive list of scholarships available to athletes. The list features a diverse range of sports and is updated regularly.
- Search college websites. Once you have an idea of where you want to attend, look through their college scholarship and financial aid pages on their website. They may have college-specific opportunities or links to scholarships not listed in other databases.
- Speak with a college counselor. Talking to your high school counselor who is well versed in college admissions can be very beneficial. They can help you find opportunities to pay for college and be an excellent resource as you navigate the application processes for your intended schools.
Start planning for college early. There is a lot to learn and many decisions to be made. But, you don’t have to face this alone. Talk to parents, school counselors, coaches, and older siblings and friends. Do your research on college scholarships and try to enjoy the process. College will be an exciting time in your life, but have fun on the journey to get there, too!