Applying for a sports scholarship can be a daunting task for anyone. If you don’t have the time and know-how, or parents and siblings who have already been through the process, it can become overwhelming. Without adequate support, many questions arise and it can fast become chaos if you don’t have a solid plan set in place. This blog is my quick guide for your reference on how to apply for a sports scholarship. These are my ideas on how you can get ready to nail those sports scholarships now.
Create A To-Do List For Your Athlete
There are a lot of steps involved when applying for a sports scholarship, whether at college or through an independent company. Creating a to-do list, will help you visually simplify the process, and keep track of deadlines. It’s a good idea to begin creating a to-do list when you are transitioning between junior and senior high school. It can take time, and to achieve the best results, it’s best to start early.
Each different sports scholarship you apply for will come with its own set of requirements and obligations. Some will require you to do an exam or an essay. And, some will want you to submit letters of recommendation and references. Some will ask for both. It is a much simpler task and easier to keep track of when you have a to-do list. You can visually see each time you hit a milestone, and this helps phenomenally in keeping focused and eager to move forward.
Do a Full Activities Assessment
Sit down and try to identify several activities you would like to share in their applications. Take into consideration what amount and variety of activities you would like to include, and choose only the ones you are most involved with and feel most passionate about. To reiterate, you want to include several activities, a good variety, and activities you are heavily involved with. All these things will help give scholarship assessors a good idea as to who you are, besides a kick butt athlete and student!
Find Leadership Roles That Resonate With Your Athlete
Find leadership roles that resonate with you. Ask yourself what makes you happy, what gets you excited? What would you like to study in the coming years, and what are your thoughts are on a potential career. After compiling a good list, you can find activities that will give you an opportunity to explore those different areas, while building your sports portfolio. Find leadership roles to partake in. Any roles surrounding the areas you show interest in will help you decide early if that’s really where you would like your path to go. When you decide you have found the area you are most passionate about, you will lead like no other. All teachers, coaches, assessors, and admissions staff, love a student with strong leadership skills.
Be That Ideal Applicant
Begin creating a list of scholarships you have a good chance at gaining, based on background, interests, and experience. Start working through the list, and try to determine why an organisation is offering a scholarship, and who they want their ideal applicant to be. Be that ideal applicant! Look at what the company’s mission is. Base your application around that mission. For example, if a company prides itself on sports medicine research, include in the application how sports medicine research has impacted your life. Tell them why you feel so passionate about sports medicine research. Remember to also include any work experience or volunteer work you have done.
Read Full Requirements Carefully
It is very important that you are reading the full requirements of each scholarship you want to apply for. Read them twice, and even three times until you are 110% satisfied that you have met all of them. Small mistakes, even the smallest of things, can rule you out of a scholarship, and worse, out of college. Admissions staff and scholarship assessors are looking at hundreds of applications a day sometimes. They don’t have time to work out why someone has given them their credit card details, as opposed to their student visa details. Please double check your application with a mentor or parent. Go through it together until you are happy that your application will satisfy requirements and obligations.
Your Athletes Education, Your Athletes Application.
You may be thinking I am mad, but I assure you I am not. There are parents out there that just meddle and interfere. They can make their athletes application process a rather bumpy ride. It is your athletes education, your athletes application. Let them be the driver! Be supportive and helpful, but don’t meddle and interfere. Those companies your athlete is applying for sports scholarship with, can find it very difficult to get to know the student when all the communication is coming from mum or dad. Let your athlete experience the process as an adult, and a leader. It will help them in the future when you are not there every time they need to fill in paperwork, make phone calls, and complete applications. This is the beginning of their young lives. Let them lead and go into it with positivity because they have you behind them supporting them all the way. Show them how to apply for a sports scholarship, but let them do the work
Final notes to think about before you submit those amazing applications. Always ensure that you have filled in every section of the application. Nine times out of ten, you won’t be required to submit a resume, when the application has been completed properly. Create essays that are original. Something that gives assessors the raw on who you are. Always ensure that your athlete proofreads and edits their applications many times before submitting them. They generally only get one chance at each application, so make it shine. Apply early, and apply often. Do not leave things to the last minute, ever!
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Remember, your success is my #1 priority. Together, we will help you achieve the college dream on a sports scholarship, or twenty. Talk soon. Yours in sport, Brooke Hamilton, CEO, PEAinternational.