Field hockey is most popular among schools in the Midwest, Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic regions, so aspiring student athletes should focus their search for field hockey scholarships on schools in these areas. Field hockey is considered an equivalency sport, which means that scholarship money is divided amongst athletes on the team however the coach sees fit. This makes it highly unlikely that you'd receive a full scholarship to play field hockey at the college level.
Top Division I schools include Syracuse, Ohio State, Princeton, the University of Michigan, Penn State, the University of Maryland, the University of North Carolina, the University of Virginia, the University of Connecticut, and Old Dominion. Top Division II schools include Kutztown, Stonehill, Shippensburg, Massachusetts-Lowell, Millersville, Bellarmine, American International, and Bloomsburg. Top Division III schools include Bowdoin, Skidmore, Tufts, Salisbury, Eastern, TCNJ, and Lynchburg. Only Division I and Division II schools offer field hockey scholarships. However, Division III schools do offer other forms of financial aid to help student athletes pay for educational expenses.
To be considered for a field hockey scholarship, you should submit a copy of your team schedule and a high quality video of your performance on the field to the coaches at schools you are interested in attending. Your video should demonstrate that you have a solid grasp of key skills. It is important to include video of you shooting, pressuring, passing, receiving, and attacking.
Top candidates for field hockey scholarships will have All League, All District, All State, or All American recognition. They'll also be members of club teams that have competed at state or national level tournaments. References from coaches are extremely important, since schools want to accept athletes who show a potential to continue to improve when playing at the college level.
While your ability on the field is obviously going to be an important factor in whether or not you receive a field hockey scholarship, remember that academics still matter. Colleges expect their student athletes to be able to perform in the classroom, too. If you can't meet a school's minimum academic requirements, you're unlikely to get a scholarship offer, so be sure to take time to keep up with your studies after all of your practices!