When it comes to getting a women's college athletic scholarship, the best advice is to research early and plan your application well. In 1972, Title IX legislation established financial aid for female athletes. Because of this, women can earn full scholarships for sports such as volleyball, gymnastics, basketball, and tennis; and partial scholarships for other sports. However, financial assistance is competitive and based on factors beyond athletic skill. It's important to be great at your sport and a well-rounded student. Use these guidelines to learn more about women's athletic scholarships.
To find out about athletic programs at over 1,800 US universities and colleges, refer to Sports Scholarships For Women at the website Sports Scholarships for Women Information about women's sports and general scholarships can also be found at www.scholarshipswomen.net. Two-year college female sports scholarships resources are available at the NJCAA website.
General websites such as Athletic Scholarships and Scholarships also provide information about private partial scholarships for females based on sports and academics.
No later than your sophomore year of high school, start improving your scholarship eligibility. Talk with your coach and sports experts who can offer honest guidance and put you in touch with the right contacts. They can also work with you to improve your athletic skills. Be sure to attend summer programs and tournaments to get experience in your sport and gain visibility to scouts.
When it comes to school, maintain good grades and participate in other extracurricular activities. Full athletic scholarships are limited, but you may qualify for a partial academic scholarship.
During your junior year of high school, register at the National College Athlete Association (NCAA) website. This useful site lets you post information about yourself that is visible to athletic recruiters.
However, don't sit back and wait for coaches to notice you. Research college programs and contact coaches directly to introduce yourself and get their attention.
In addition, contact the financial aid office at those colleges you're interested in, and ask about additional athletic scholarship opportunities.
Never underestimate how important it is to have a good attitude and to be a team player. While you may have superior athletic skills, coaches are looking for candidates who get along with others.