All About Men's Athletic College Scholarships
By Ted Rollins
, last updated November 5, 2011
If you're a stellar high school athlete planning on continuing your craft into college, there's a good chance that you'll be able to find a school that wants you to play for them and that's willing to offer you a scholarship. While not every school has a ton of athletic scholarships to hand out, many men's programs can provide you with a scholarships in your chosen sport. In the following, you'll find out how men's athletic scholarships work.
To begin, you'll need to evaluate your competitiveness in the scholarship universe. If you're likely to get an athletic scholarship at a top school, then you should also have college recruiters knocking on your door every day. This is unfortunately not the case for most high school athletes, however, so you may need to expand your interest beyond the top programs in the country. The good news is that if you want to play in college, there are lots of junior colleges that offer scholarships, and often full rides, to promising athletes. Also, it's important to know what schools can offer sports scholarships. While all Division I and Division II programs will offer athletic scholarships, programs in NCAA Division II are barred from providing athletic scholarships. This doesn't mean that you can't get financial aid and still play at these schools; to do so, contact coaches to demonstrate your interest and discuss potential financial aid packages based on your family background.
Once you've earned a college athletic scholarship, it's extremely important that you understand the terms of how it works. While some scholarships are guaranteed for the entire time you're in school regardless of what you do once you arrive, many others require active participation on the team. Thus, if you injure yourself and get cut from the team, you could end up in a very bad situation where you can no longer afford to attend your university.