The concept behind US sports scholarships is simple; it provides talented amateur sportsmen and women with an opportunity to pursue both an academic and athletic career simultaneously.
The benefit for the university is that they get a student-athlete who will help them achieve sporting success, which is of great value in the US. The universities call for students to maintain academic achievement alongside sporting achievement and typically require students to maintain at least an academic ‘C’ grade average during their scholarship.
The benefit to the student-athlete of attending a university in the US is gaining an education to degree level – wholly or partly paid for, life experience in the US, world-class coaching and the opportunity to experience the most competitive amateur sporting environment in the world.
Many of our student-athletes decide to open a bank account in the USA. It can be useful for student-athletes who have attained a part-time job on campus and it can be helpful for those on paid internships to have a local bank to manage their money whilst in the USA. College and university staff are very helpful in aiding in this process for student-athletes.
Many scholarships include insurance. If the scholarship does not include insurance, we recommend that you have protection. US insurance costs about $500 -$1000 per annum, which covers sports related injury and non-sports related illness or injury. It’s best to research all of your options.
If you desire to pursue your sport professionally, going to college or university in the USA absolutely gives you every opportunity to do so. The facilities are second to none, the training schedule is as intense as you want it to be, and coaches are very supportive of athletes wishing to continue their sport beyond graduation.
This is a very common question, which has a simple answer – we can and will put you in contact with any college or university in the USA. We do not have special agreements or arrangements with specific institutions.
Getting injured is an unfortunate risk of being an athlete. Colleges in the USA know this and therefore commit to helping athletes rehabilitate.
Whilst rehabilitation is happening, student-athletes remain on scholarship, continuing their studies. In many cases, student-athletes will sit out or ‘redshirt’ a season of competition. This enables the athlete to continue towards graduation academically, but also access the missed season once their four years of eligibility has expired. Losing scholarship is very uncommon due to injury – the main causes are poor academic effort, poor behaviour or poor attitude towards athletic training.
A small number of our student-athletes seek part time work on a non-immigrant student visa. This form of visa (recommended) permits student-athletes to work strictly on campus. Student-athletes can also access off campus work through paid internships by applying through the University. With an internship visa student-athletes can work as an intern anywhere in the USA over the summer break, which runs from May through to August every year. One important stipulation is that the internship visa requires that the paid work must be directly related to the student-athlete’s areas of study. How much employment each student athlete undertakes on or off campus is a decision based on balance between sport and study commitments. For some families, this extra income can help offset costs not covered by scholarship.
Should you be successful in seeking a scholarship offer, it is highly likely that you will still be required to contribute towards your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th years’ costs at university in the US. As a result, it would be worthwhile to consider what, if any, level of financial contribution you could potentially afford to make towards any costs not covered within any scholarship. Remember, that scholarship contributions do not include flights, insurance and social spending.