40+ Athletic Scholarships for
Men and Women

Last updated: March 16, 2018

Over 150,000 student-athletes are recipients of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Divisions I and II scholarships on an annual basis. While $2.9 billion in athletic scholarships is certainly something for students to get excited over, this doesn’t take into account the popularity and competitive nature of these athletic scholarships, nor will all accomplished athletes choose to attend a Division I or II school.

Many opportunities exist outside of key players like the NCAA and individual universities. For student-athletes performing at all levels, scholarships can originate from a wide variety of public and private benefactors, including local and athletic organizations, foundations, corporations, women’s groups and minority advocacy associations, to name a few. Whether it be football, gymnastics, golf or equestrian sports there are a wealth of scholarships available. Student-athletes just need to know where to look.

Better yet, we’ve compiled over 40 scholarships that can be narrowed down by a variety of filters to meet the individual needs of student-athletes and while matching their athletic discipline.

Student-athletes often face unique pressures when it comes to balancing academics and athletics. It is important to remember that success is not solely anchored in athletic accomplishment, but a combination of the both. In his speech, The Essence of the Student-Athlete, Ameer Abdullah reminded peers and the the athletic community about the importance of completing one’s college education.

“I have come to realize that life is bigger than football, and that my chances of long-term success in life will be greatly enhanced by completing my college education...the true essence of a student-athlete is someone who has the desire to educate themselves athletically, academically and personally.”
Ameer Abdullah, Heisman candidate and running back for the Detroit Lions

Abdullah’s speech and actions serve as a legacy and a pathway for other student-athletes to follow in pursuing their athletic and academic dreams.

Resources for Student-Athletes

Athlete Network Blog

Contains the latest articles for college athletes on fitness, nutrition, sports, life and leadership.

Game Plan

A student-athlete development blog with focus on advising, financial management, recruiting, leadership and time management.

Planning Guide for the College Bound Student-Athlete

Comprehensive guide from St. Ignatius College Prep that includes a checklist grid students can use for tracking your recruiting contacts with colleges.

NCAA Eligibility Center

Helps student-athletes, parents, coaches and other who help students successfully navigate the initial-eligibility process.

NAIA Eligibility Center

Guides students through the process of determining eligibility for an NAIA college or university.

Probability of Competing Beyond High School

These charts show the estimated probability of competing in athletics beyond high school—both in college and professionally.

University Athlete

A communication tool connecting college coaches and student-athletes.

Sports Recruit

This recruiting platform built by former college athletes allows student-athletes to gain exposure and showcase their talent with a built in messaging system that connects players with coaches.

 
 

How to Pay for College

1

Scholarships

There are hundreds of scholarships for student-athletes, which are awarded by local organizations, private companies, societies and more.

 
2

Grants

Grants don’t need to be paid back and are based on your financial circumstances. They are usually funded by the federal government, your state or college.

 
3

Fellowships

While scholarships usually fund tuition, fellowships typically cover graduate study, research projects and abroad experiences without needing to be paid back.

 
4

Student Loans

You can borrow money from the government or a bank, but it needs to be paid back with interest. The federal government offers many loan options—fill out the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if you qualify for financial aid. If you need help, use our interactive guide to learn how to answer every question.

 
5

Federal Work-Study Program

Provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to pay education expenses.

 
 

If you’re just beginning the process of finding suitable scholarships, make sure you’re prepared for the application process by starting a folder with the assets below.

Scholarship Application Preparation

Not all scholarships are based off of your GPA, but most need to verify your high school education to qualify. Try to get certified copies of your transcript early, so you have plenty of time to meet the deadline.
Although there are scholarship opportunities that aren’t merit-based, it’s valuable to take the SAT or ACT standardized tests in case it’s a scholarship qualification.
Your scholarship essay is what will bring attention to your application out of the pool of applicants. That’s why it’s important to craft a stand out piece that attests to your experience, adheres to the scholarship guidelines and most importantly, highlights your true personality.
Letters of recommendation are a true judgement of your character—something that can’t be revealed through your test scores or transcript. Reach out to former teachers, counselors or bosses, so that they can speak to your qualifications. You may also want to provide them with a resume that outlines your achievements and goals as well.
 

Athletic Scholarships

Instructions: Click through the dropdowns below to sort by award amount and if you qualify for need-based aid.

Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship

Amount: $1,000-$2,000

Deadline: May 31, 2018

Applicant must be a current high school junior with at least a 2.5 GPA. Student must participate in an individual or team sport sponsored by a school or local club.

Columbia College of Missouri Talent Award

Amount: Varies

Deadline: May 31, 2018

Applicant must be an incoming freshman or new transfer undergraduate student. Student must currently attend a college or university on Missouri or be planning on attending Columbia College of Missouri. Must demonstrate talent in art, music. or athletics.

Athnet Sports Recruiting Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: June 1, 2018

Applicant must be a current or former athlete who is a graduating high school senior or current college student. Student must submit a 400-500 word essay describing how the lessons they have learned playing sports have positively impacted them as they pursue a college education.

Fitness and Education Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: June 1, 2018

Applicant must be majoring in a fitness related field, be an incoming freshman, and maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Exercise for Life Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: June 2, 2018

One female and one male high school senior with athletic running abilities will be chosen for this scholarship. Applicants will be judged based on time and must be involved in their communities.

The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation: Advancement of Women in Sports & Entertainment Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: June 15, 2018

Applicant must be female undergraduate or graduate students with at least a 2.75 GPA. Applicants must be majoring in Communication Studies, Marketing, Public Relations, Media Studies or Journalism.

BigSun Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: June 19, 2018

All student athletes are welcome to apply. Applicant must be a high school senior and submit a short 500-1,000 word essay.

American Legion Baseball Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: July 15, 2018

Applicant must have graduated from high school and be on a current roster filed with National Headquarters. Applicant must be part of a team affiliated with an American Legion post and be nominated by a team manager or head coach.

Joyce Komperda Athlete Support Fund

Amount: Varies

Deadline: August 31, 2018

Eligible recipients include current members of US Figure Skating, and intermediate-, novice-, or junior-level skaters in singles, pairs or ice dancing. Applicants must provide a 250-word essay along with application.

Women in the Winners Circle Project Podium Grant

Amount: Varies

Deadline: October 31, 2018

Applicant must have a minimum of three years racing experience and must provide a racing resume. Applicant must provide driver/team personnel, vendor/supplier/racing series, and sponsorship information as well as two letters of recommendation and a 250 word essay.

CSUB Albert Holloway Memorial Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: November 30, 2018

Eligible candidates must be student athletes at CSU Bakersfield.

Bob Black Memorial Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: November 30, 2018

Applicant must use award for CSU Bakersfield Women’s Swim Team.

Augustana Athletic Grant

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

Recipient should show outstanding athletic abilities and be a NCAA Division II athlete. Student must contact their head coach to apply.