Many student athletes look for scholarships to help finance their college tuition. Scholarships are a great way to now only receive financial assistance but to also secure a spot on your school’s team or roster. There are scholarships available for all sports, including volleyball. It is important to remember that, like most athletic programs, the only scholarships available are those though the schools themselves. Unlike more traditional scholarships such as merit or need-based ones where private scholarships are readily available, the only major outlet for volleyball scholarships is through each school’s volleyball program. Here are a few other important things to know about volleyball scholarships and how you can obtain one.
Before you blindly start searching for volleyball scholarships, you need to realize how difficult it is to get one. For each Division I volleyball program, the NCAA allows a maximum of 4.5 scholarships for men and 12 for women. In Division II the ratio drops to 4.5 scholarships for men and only 8 for women. Because there is such extreme limited availability, these programs can only offer scholarships to the top echelon of players. If you know you are a talented player but probably not good enough to start right away at a Division I program, than you may be better off looking into Division II programs. Here you will have a higher chance of receiving scholarships.
Once you find what schools you would like to play for, the onus is on you to contact coaches and get them to see you play. You should easily be able to find coaches' contact information on each university’s website. Send these coaches an email containing a resume and video. Your resume should highlight all your statistics and the acknowledgments you have been given over your past seasons. You should also include a video that showcases your overall skills. Make sure in your video you demonstrate your passing, serving, hitting, blocking, and setting up skills and techniques. This is an easy way for coaches to acknowledge your application, and if they like what they see they can invite you for a tryout or extend you an offer right away!