Are you exploring the different ways of getting NAIA athletic scholarships for your son or daughter who has
exceptional athletic ability? Getting into college is a very expensive proposition and it is very difficult for you
to manage it even if you have been saving money towards your child’s college fund.
Tuition fees are not the only expenses you will have to deal with because there is also the cost of study
material as well as living arrangements if your child wants to join a particular college in a different city. The
problem would certainly have increased if you have had to dip into your savings if you or your spouse has suffered
a job loss or reduction in salary. Thankfully, there are plenty of colleges that have excellent athletic programs
that offer talented students the
opportunity to join college. Getting an athletic scholarship will certainly reduce your financial troubles
considerably since they pay a fairly good amount of money on an average.
The scholarship money that a student gets as part of an athletic program can vary from $500 to an impressive amount
of $30,000. Needless to say, the higher amounts are only made available to exceptional athletes who join certain
colleges that pay particular attention to the sport that the athlete excels in.
If you make your choice well you might even be able to finance a good part if not all of your child’s education.
Most students get an amount of $7000 which is certainly very helpful to defray a lot of academic expenses. It is
definitely in your family’s best interests if your child gets a good sports scholarship at a college of his or her
choice because this will reduce or negate the amount of college debt that students are normally saddled with.
There are three sponsor sports programs that colleges and universities in the United States are affiliated to. The
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is a very popular one and it divided into 3 divisions.
There are many schools in each division and they offer varying amounts of money as NAIA athletic scholarships. There are many sports that your child could get
an NAIA scholarship for.
The list is pretty inclusive and includes most sports that are traditionally associated with American students.
These include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track
& field, wrestling, softball and volleyball. College softball
scholarships are available only to women whereas scholarships in the other sports are open to people of either
Getting good NAIA athletic scholarships will require a lot of planning on your part. Even though there are more
than 300 colleges and universities associated with the NAIA, the competition for the financial assistance it
applies is quite stiff for reasons that are obvious. It would be best if you start by identifying which
member colleges will provide a better fit to your child. It would be best if you made trips to each place long
before the NAIA athletic scholarships have to be applied for so that you can meet with individual college coaches.
Coaches have a very important role to play in the selection of college athletes as well in deciding on
They will certainly be looking for specific athletes who will add value to their teams. Coaches rarely pick
athletes who are prima donnas unless they have outstanding athletic ability. Their emphasis will always be on
teambuilding and will therefore want to see qualities such as ability to work in a team and the desire to take
You must also remember that most NAIA athletic scholarships are given on the basis of all round achievement and not
just excellence in sports. Your child should be encouraged to focus on studies instead of just spending time on the
sports ground because colleges will be selecting students on the basis of academic credentials and personality as
well as athletic talent. There are certain scholastic minimums that colleges expect and many students miss out on
good NAIA athletic scholarships because of this. Besides, academic achievement is something that will hold your
child in good stead for a very long time to come and not just to get into college.
Make sure that your child completes the applications for NAIA athletic scholarships in a correct manner so that he
or she does not miss out on it by mistake. The application form is a very important document because it enables
your child to present his or her personality in a very appealing manner. It would be best if you maintained a
calendar of when different NAIA athletic scholarships need to be applied for so that you can apply at the right
time. It is definitely important for you to put a lot of effort into this process because the results are very