Score a Sports Scholarship

There’s plenty of talk that surrounds high-profile high school athletes, but don’t count yourself out of the running just because you’re not a superstar or don’t participate in a major sport like football, baseball or basketball.

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Kentucky colleges offer athletic scholarships in rodeo, field hockey, lacrosse, cycling, wrestling (for both men and women), gymnastics and more. And don’t forget cheerleading. You can even get a scholarship for wearing a mascot’s uniform. But remember: You have to let the colleges know you’re there.
 
If you’re interested in pursuing an athletic scholarship, here are some tips to get you going:
·         Start by exploring different colleges and the types of scholarships they offer.
·         Ask your coaches about which schools might be a good fit for you.
·         Collect news clips and videos that highlight your achievements and abilities.
·         Get the name of the head coach at the colleges you are interested in and send a letter directly to him/her. State your interest in their program and include information about yourself (such as honors, athletic statistics, press clips, etc.).
·         If you are truly serious about a particular program, submit an application. Schools
will be much more interested in you if they see you are genuinely interested in them.
·         After you apply, stay in touch with the coach to keep your name in the running.
·         Last – but not least – keep your grades up! You won’t get anywhere if you don’t remain eligible!
 
For more information on college athletics, check out the following websites:
 
National Collegiate Athletic Association: www.ncaa.org 
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics: www.naia.org  
National Junior College Athletic Association: www.njcaa.org
 

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