An athletic scholarship is a terminology used for a scholarship to attend a college or university. Athletic scholarships are awarded to an individual based predominantly on his or her ability to play in a sports. Athletic scholarships are common in the United States American College system, but in many countries they are rare or non-existent.
The average athletic scholarship is about $10,400. Only four sports offer full rides to all athletes who receive scholarships: football, men's and women's basketball, and women's volleyball. If you exclude football and men's basketball, the average scholarship drops to around $8,700.
In 1990, spurred by sensational stories of functionally illiterate athletes such as Oklahoma State's Dexter Manley, the House of Representatives and Senate passed the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act (P.L. 101-542) which mandated, in part, that colleges and universities report graduation statistics annually to the Secretary of Education
There are roughly 138,000 athletic scholarships available for Division I and Division II sports.
Congress passed in 1972 the Title IX of the Educational Amendment Act, which prohibits sex discrimination at schools that receive federal funds.
For some students, a high school athletic scholarship is their best chance of getting a quality education. According to recent studies, the yearly cost of attending a public four-year university is $6,185, while private universities average an incredible $23,712 per annum.
The NCAA requires students to complete several years of approved college preparatory courses to be eligible to play on a Division I or Division II team. Students must earn at least the passing grade established by the student's high school.
Only D-I and D-II schools can
dispense athletic scholarships. Division III schools, among them Brandeis,
Tufts, and Williams, emphasize academics over athletics and cannot under NCAA
rules offer athletic scholarships
The amount that you receive each year is based on your performance and a year-end evaluation; it does not hinge on how much you received the previous year and a renewal is not guaranteed.
Athletes can receive a maximum of five years of funding over a six-year period.
About $2 billion in athletically related financial aid is awarded each year at Divisions I and II institutions to more than 126,000 student-athletes.