With an intensive practice schedule and frequent traveling to participate in games, student athletes can have a hard time figuring out how to afford college tuition. Since working part-time while attending classes and playing a sport is nearly impossible, many student athletes depend on landing a starting position on a team to receive a generous scholarship award.
Despite the fact that not everyone is lucky enough to achieve scholarships for starting positions on a college athletic team, there is no need to give up on the prospect of winning scholarship money. The following are 25 excellent scholarships that are offered as tuition assistance to student athletes in a wide range of sports.
1. AAHA Lou Manzione Scholarship
Deadline: May 15th
Each year, the Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association (AAHA) grants two scholarships for $1,000 each in honor of Lou Manzione, President of the New Jersey Youth Hockey League for more than a decade. One scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis to a New Jersey high school senior and the second to a high school senior from Pennsylvania or Delaware. All eligible applicants for the scholarships must be registered with USA Hockey, be recommended from a hockey coach, demonstrate financial need, and submit a 500-word essay on the value of hockey in their personal or professional development.
AAHA Lou Manzione Scholarship
601 Laurel Oak Rd.
Voorhees, NJ 08043
2. Alliance Pipeline Scholarship
Deadline: January 1st
The Alliance Pipeline Scholarship is awarded on an annual basis to student athletes who demonstrate strong academic achievement and exceptional extracurricular involvement. In order to be eligible for the $500 scholarship, applicants must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA or higher and participate in an intercollegiate sport at an accredited institution.
Alliance Pipeline Scholarship
6385 Old Shady Oak Rd. Suite 150
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
3. American Legion Baseball Scholarship
Deadline: July 15th
The American Legion awards more than $22,000 each year in scholarships to selected baseball players from each Department Baseball Committee nationwide. Any team manager or head coach of an American Legion post-affiliated team may nominate an outstanding and deserving player for consideration of this $500 award. With the application, candidates are required to attach three letters of recommendation, which must be from an American Legion coach or team member, American Legion post commander, and a school official or community leader.
American Legion Baseball Scholarship
700 N. Pennsylvania St. 700 N. Pennsylvania St.
P.O. Box 1055
Indianapolis, IN 46206
4. American Taekwondo Association H.U. Lee Scholarship
Deadline: February 15th
Established by the American Taekwondo Association in honor of its founder, Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee, this scholarship is granted to current high school seniors for amounts ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 each. Eligible applicants must be graduates from an accredited high school with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, have received a letter of acceptance from a United States institution to pursue full-time studies, have received a SAT combined score of 1110 or better, and exemplify outstanding taekwondo skills.
American Taekwondo Association H.U. Lee Scholarship
6210 Baseline Rd.
P.O. Box 193010
Little Rock, AR 72209
(501) 568-2821 Ext. 2298
5. Anne Trabue Scholarship
Deadline: May 15th
With the goal of supporting the academic pursuits and athletic dreams of young female golfers, the WSCGA Foundation offers the renewable Anne Trabue Scholarship in honor of the foundation’s founding mother. To be a qualified recipient, candidates must complete high school by September 1st of the current year, be a legal resident of Southern California, be enrolled full-time in an accredited United States institution, have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher, play golf, and be involved in extracurricular activities.
Anne Trabue Scholarship
402 West Arrow Highway Suite 10
San Dimas, CA 91773
(909) 592-1281 Ext. 212
6. Appaloosa Youth Foundation Education Scholarship
Deadline: December 31st
Each year, the Appaloosa Youth Foundation grants eight scholarships of $1,000 each and one scholarship of $2,000 to high school graduates who are upperclassmen or graduate students. All candidates must be members or the children of a member in the Appaloosa Horse Club with a minimum GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale and a major closely related to the equine industry. Along with the application, individuals must submit three letters of recommendation and an official college transcript.
Appaloosa Youth Foundation Education Scholarship
2720 W. Pullman Road
Moscow, Idaho 83843
7. CMP Scholarship Program
Deadline: March 20th
The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) grants a $1,000 one-year scholarship to encourage outstanding high school seniors who are currently enrolled on a team or club that is actively participating in rifle or pistol marksmanship competitions. Eligible applicants must be United States citizens, be of good moral character, have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, be a graduating high school senior, and demonstrate acceptance to a university. Students who are planning on enrolling or are enrolled in a Military Academy are not eligible.
CMP Scholarship Program
Camp Perry Training Site Bldg #3
P.O. Box 576
Port Clinton, OH 43452
(419) 635-2141 Ext. 1109
8. Davis Law Group Scholar Athlete Program
Deadline: January 1st
Davis Law Group’s Scholar Athlete Program offers annual scholarships to exceptional student athletes who perform well in the classroom and on the field. Two high school seniors in the greater Seattle area will be chosen weekly from January to March to receive a $100 scholarship and be entered to win an additional $1,000 Sportsmanship Scholarship. Eligible candidates must be high school seniors, currently attending a Washington state high school, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher, and perform as a main contributor in any sport.
Davis Law Group Scholar Athlete Program
2101 4th Avenue Suite 630
Seattle, WA 98104
9. Dixie Youth Baseball Scholarship
Deadline: February 1st
Dixie Youth Baseball offers student athletes the opportunity to apply for 75 annual scholarships to receive $2,000 sent directly to the financial aid department of the college that they are planning or are currently attending. Applicants will not be considered for the scholarship unless they are a high senior over the age of 12 and have participated in a Dixie Youth Baseball program. Along with the application, candidates are required to provide parent’s income tax return, verification of their baseball participation, and photo for publication.
Dixie Youth Baseball Scholarship
P.O. Box 877
Marshall, TX 75671
10. GCSAA Scholars Program
Deadline: June 1st
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) hosts a Scholars Program to provide scholarships ranging from $500 to $6,000 to students who are enrolled in a recognized undergraduate program in a major field related to turf management. Eligible applicants for the scholarships must have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours or the equivalent of one year of full-time freshmen studies in an approved major, be a member of the GCSAA, and have the potential to be a leading professional in golf course management.
GCSAA Scholars Program
1421 Research Park Dr.
Lawrence, KS 66049
11. Helen Gee Chin Scholarship Foundation
Deadline: Contact Sponsoring Organization
Founded to honor the wife of Sifu Chin of Calvin Chin’s Martial Arts Academy (CCMAA), the Helen Gee Chin Scholarship Foundation offers college scholarships that are intended to encourage academic achievement and motivate individuals to become serious students of the Chinese martial arts. The scholarship is open to individuals who plan to enroll full-time as an undergraduate students at an accredited U.S. four-year institution, are U.S. citizens, and have participated in a minimum of five years or more of study in any Chinese martial arts practice.
Helen Gee Chin Scholarship Foundation
66 Winchester St.
Newton Highlands, MA 02461
12. Michael Breschi Scholarship
Deadline: March 1st
The Michael Breschi Scholarship is granted annually through the U.S. Lacrosse Men’s Coaches Council to two graduating high school seniors who are planning to attend college and are the child of a lacrosse coach of an educational institution. Applicants for the scholarship must submit an official high school transcript, two letters of recommendation, a list of extracurricular activities, and two essays on the most influential person in their life and how lacrosse has influenced their development. A one-time scholarship of $2,000 will be issued to the winner’s college or university after receiving a transcript of the first semester’s grades.
Michael Breschi Scholarship
Fawcett Center 8th Floor
2400 Olentangy River Rd.
Columbus, OH 43210
13. NJCAA Scholarships
For students who are planning on attending a community college and playing on a junior college sports team, the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) awards full and partial scholarships to talented athletes at all of its 525 member colleges for a wide range of participating intercollegiate sports. Although the eligibility requirements vary by school, students must generally be a high school graduate, be full-time students, participate in a maximum of two seasons of competition in any NJCAA sport, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 1.75.
1631 Mesa Avenue Suite B
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
14. Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage Scholarship
Deadline: April 1st
The Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage (NSAA) awards scholarships each school year to Anchorage area high school seniors who are members of their high school cross-country ski team in order to encourage scholastic performance with participation in community ski activities. Eligible applicants must be accepted or enrolled in any accredited college within the United States, members of the NSAA for the past two years, and have a minimum GPA of 2.7 or higher.
Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage Scholarship
203 W. 15th Avenue Suite 204
Anchorage, AK 99501
15. PBA Billy Welu Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: May 31st
The Professional Bowlers Association awards the Billy Welu Scholarship annually in recognition of exemplary qualities in male or female college students who compete in the sport of bowling. In order to receive the $1,000 scholarship, eligible candidates must be amateur bowlers who are currently in college preceding the application date, maintain a minimum of a 2.5 GPA or higher, and possess extensive bowling competition experience.
PBA Billy Welu Memorial Scholarship
719 Second Avenue Suite 701
Seattle, WA 98104
16. Pittsburgh Penguins Alumni Association Scholarship
Deadline: April 20th
The Pittsburgh Penguins Alumni Association awards an annual scholarship valued at $2,000 to a western Pennsylvania high school senior who has demonstrated exemplary academic achievement, good citizenship, community involvement, and an intense love for the game of hockey. To be eligible for consideration, nominees must have excelled academically with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher, demonstrate leadership and sportsmanship on and off the ice, and acceptance into an accredited U.S. institution.
Pittsburgh Penguins Alumni Association Scholarship
1001 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
17. Robin Roberts WBCA Broadcasting Scholarship
Sponsored by the WBCA, the Robin Roberts Broadcasting Scholarship is presented annually at a value of $4,000 to a senior female collegiate basketball player with outstanding achievement on and off the court who intends to pursue graduate studies in sports communications or journalism. All collegiate WBCA member head coaches are eligible to nominate any individual on their team who fits the above criteria. Along with the nomination form, candidates will need to submit a statement regarding campus/community activities, academic major and grade point average, athletic honors, game-by-game statistics, and justification for earning the award.
Robin Roberts WBCA Broadcasting Scholarship
4646 Lawrenceville Highway
Lilburn, GA 30047
18. Shirley A. Wedge National Cheer and Dance Scholarship Fund
The Shirley A. Wedge National Cheer and Dance Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to deserving junior or senior high school cheer and dance athletes who compete at the COA Ultimate National Championship, which is held every Easter at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Florida. Each competition, $1,000 scholarships are awarded to the first place winners in Crowdleader Female and Male Varsity, Cheer Individual Female and Male Varsity, and Dance Soloist Female and Male Varsity. All athletes must first receive a qualifying score at the COA Regional Tournament held in the fall to move onto the National Championship.
Shirley A. Wedge National Cheer and Dance Scholarship Fund
3131 Appling Road
Bartlett, TN 38133
19. The RTIP XpressBet Scholarship
Deadline: June 1st
The Race Track Industry Program of the University of Arizona awards current and incoming freshman students scholarships that range in value from $2,000 to $5,000 annually. Eligible candidates for receiving the scholarship must have applied for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the university, show active participation in the RTIP, have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 or higher, and show an active interest in the racing industry. For consideration, students must submit a completed application, official transcript, essay discussing involvement in racing, and statement on academic goals at UA.
The RTIP XpressBet Scholarship
845 N. Park Avenue Suite 370
Tucson, AZ 85721
20. The Zale Parry Scholarship
Deadline: August 31st
In honor of the internationally renowned pioneer of scuba diving Zale Parry, the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences awards an annual scholarship of $3,000 plus a $500 stipend towards travel expenses to the scholarship presentation to deserving individuals. Eligible candidates for the award must be actively pursuing a professional career in ocean exploration, diving equipment technology, hyperbaric research, and marine conservation. To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in an accredited institution, certified divers, and citizens of North America.
The Zale Parry Scholarship
15 East Padre St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
21. Tony Cullen Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: May 31st
The North Carolina Lacrosse Officials Association (NCLOA) awards an annual scholarship through the Tony Cullen Memorial Fund to male high school senior lacrosse players who have been chosen to play the sport at the varsity level at any college or university within North Carolina. Two recipients are selected to receive the award at a value of $1,000 to cover the college expenses of tuition, room and board, textbooks, or lacrosse-related costs.
Tony Cullen Memorial Scholarship
4101 Tecumseh St.
High Point, NC 27265
22. Twin Cities in Motion (TCM) College Scholarship Program
Deadline: March 1st
The Twin Cities in Motion (TCM) College Scholarship Program offers a one-time $5,000 grant to high school seniors entering their freshman year of college who participate in cross country or track within the eleven counties of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Eligible applicants for the scholarship must have a current cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, demonstrate quality academic performance along with extracurricular activity leadership, and participate in an event 800 meters or longer. Along with the application, students must send a 500-word essay discussing how running has positively contributed to their life or academic success.
Twin Cities in Motion (TCM) College Scholarship Program
2635 University Avenue W. Suite 190
St. Paul, MN 55114
23. USA Racquetball Scholarship
Deadline: June 15th
Sponsored by the National Masters Racquetball Association and the Women’s Senior Masters Racquetball Association, the USA Racquetball Scholarship is awarded each year to graduating high school seniors and college undergraduates to aspiring collegiate athletes. All eligible applicants must be USAR members who are currently enrolled or accepted on a full-time basis at an accredited institution anywhere in the United States.
USA Racquetball Scholarship
P.O. Box 7010
Albert Lea, MN 56007
24. USBC Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow
Deadline: December 1st
In honor of the seven-term president of the Women’s International Bowling Congress, the USBC Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow scholarship is awarded annually to one female youth member who participates in certified bowling performances. In order to receive the $6,000 one-time scholarship, eligible applicants must be in their senior year of high school or enrolled in college, have a current GPA of 3.0 or better, and submit at least two letters of reference.
USBC Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow
621 Six Flags Dr.
Arlington, TX 76011
25. World Sport Chicago Scholarship
Deadline: December 10th
Each year, the WSC Scholars Program offers the World Sport Chicago Scholarship to student athletes who are high school juniors in Chicago and have participated in an eligible summer Olympic or Paralympic sport for at least two seasons in the past three years. Of the 50 scholars selected to engage in the program, ten will be selected to receive a $5,000 scholarship that is renewable for up to four years.
World Sport Chicago Scholarship
954 W. Washington Blvd. Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60607
Although the most common student athlete scholarships are awards provided to players by colleges or universities to cover all or part of the tuition expenses, athletes should not just sit back and hope that their dream school recruits them without being proactive about finding other sources of scholarship money. If you are a student athlete seeking increased funds to cover the hefty price tag of a college education, it is highly recommended that you check out these 25 exceptional scholarships offered specifically those with athletic talents.