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					Athletic Scholarships
Students who excel at sports such as baseball, basketball, football, soccer, gymnastics, rowing, athletics, track and
field events, swimming, or golf often attend college on an athletic scholarship.

One can get a full or partial athletic scholarship provided you have good grades, appropriate ACT or SAT scores, and
the discipline and talent that every dedicated sports person needs.

The first step is to find out which colleges or universities offer academic programs of your interest, along with
opportunities to excel in sports. It is important to educate yourself while playing sports. Weigh carefully the pros and
cons of attending a NCAA division 1 college against a smaller college. Often you will be able to excel at the smaller
college while in a large institution you may just be a pebble in the ocean.

Playing sports at college is not the same as playing at school or in a local community. Find out from your local coach
where you stand athletically and whether you are "good enough" to aim for college sports. The criteria considered
are: academics, sports competitions participated in at high school, playing abilities and victories, and the maturity
level of the student.

In athletics, scholarships are offered in two ways, the first through formalized applications and the second at the
recommendations of scouts who represent colleges and travel far and wide evaluating players in different sports and
seeking the "gems"-players with star qualities.

To succeed you need to start early, in your sophomore year. Ensure that you keep your grades up, as there are
academic requirements to be met. Create a folder of your athletic achievements. Find out from your coach which
athletic programs would suit your talents or prowess. Do your research well and select schools that offer a great
balance between sports and academics. Consult a career guidance professional; this will give you an idea of what
subjects to study to qualify yourself at something other than sports. You must contact the coaches at colleges you
are applying to, stating your keen interest in their programs. Be sure to showcase your academic and athletic
achievements, and to mention that you are seeking scholarships /financial aid. It is advantageous if you submit
applications to the colleges where you plan to contact the coach, as this indicates you are a serious candidate.

Colleges and universities enroll great athletes by offering scholarships. If you handle the college applications in a
sensible and disciplined way you can enroll at some of the best colleges with a full scholarship.

				
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