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Scholarships, Recruiting & Other College Financial Aid

Don't make the mistake most others do and wait until its too late. You need to start the process right now, even if your son or daughter is a freshman. Also, right there on the same scale of importance as athletic skills are NCAA, NAIA or NJCAA eligibility and ACT scores- do not overlook these areas.

As a potential student-athlete you have to sell yourself to the college programs by getting more college coaches to look at you.  You have to market yourself to as many colleges as you can!

Important Dates

ACT, SAT, Letter of Intent dates and NCAA & NAIA registration links

GPA and ACT

These two factors are a must to do well in if you want your son or daughter to get a scholarship to a D1 or a D2 college. If you do not know your student's GPA currently, contact the school counselor. The combination of GPA and ACT is part of the NCAA and NAIA standards.

Visit the ACT web site for more information, including test dates and places. Kaplan has a web site dedicated to those who need help studying for the ACT test.

NCAA Eligibility

Make sure you know the new rules. For NCAA, NAIA or NJCAA eligibility requirements and registration links click here. Rules change from time to time so it's best to verify for your self. A good idea as it will bring other topics to the forefront as well.

The single most important document is the NCAA Guide for the Student-Bound Student Athlete, go to the NCAA eligibility center, after you enter select Resources on the menu then select High School Students as a good place to start reading.

There is no way your son/daughter can play D1 or D2 without registering and qualifying with the NCAA or with the NAIA as well. Pay particular attention to what high school students need to do to be eligible to compete their Freshman year in college, as well as, guidelines that coaches and prospective student-athletes must follow during the recruiting process including Important Recruiting Rules and Key dates located in the back of the Guide. The table will show when and how coaches can call, email or send letters by sport, division and high school class.

NAIA Eligibility

Make sure you know the new rules. For NCAA, NAIA or NJCAA eligibility requirements and registration links click here. Rules change from time to time so it's best to verify for your self. A good idea as it will bring other topics to the forefront as well.

Watch this video. In 2010 the NAIA started their eligibility center. Quick look for eligibility requirements. See FAQ. Transfer information.

NAIA rules require a minimum score of 18 composite score on the ACT or 860 on the SAT (Critical Reading and Math only) to meet entering freshmen eligibility standards.

Test scores must be achieved in one sitting; scores from different test dates may not be combined to meet requirements.

To have your NAIA eligibility determined by the NAIA Eligibility Center, your ACT or SAT test scores must be sent directly from the testing service.  They cannot accept test scores off high school transcripts.

When you register for the ACT or SAT, be sure to include the NAIA Eligibility Center as one of the places you want your test scores sent.

Football Scholarships

This is just a quick summation. Grade point average is just as important if not more so than skills on the field. Grades, proper diet, speed training, agility and strength training need to start now. We've watched other players think they were so good they could continue without any changes. The facts are Bad grades No Play. However, don't rule out Community Colleges scholarships if grades are low and the benefits are great. .

Don't let this be your story.

My son was an NCAA D2 qualifier. D2 schools sponsored official visits (this is where they pay for the trip) and flat told him he had the skills they wanted but the grades were a little lower than others. He is an All-state player yet still lost on the GPA front. He gained a valuable lesson the hard way, but when he went back to school his grades climbed and now he is in for some serious play time. Know your GPA and tell them when asked. Every college will get a high school or junior college transcript before they offer a scholarship.

D1 may be nice but your athlete will probably get more playing time with a D2 or Junior College unless they are a phenomenal athlete.

Many D1 and D2 scholarships can pay for everything. This could be worth a $100,000.00 or more.

Junior College's (by NJCAA rules) can only pay book and tuition, but this ride could very well go toward getting another Scholarship from a D1, D2, NAIA college.

Other Financial Aid Resources on the web

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http://www.ed.gov/ Federal school codes (used to complete the FAFSA.GOV)

http://studentaid.ed.gov/  The U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid website

www.fafsa.gov   Free Application for Federal Student Aid online

http://www.csac.ca.gov  California state grant information/Cal Grant/Middle Class Scholarship

https://dream.csac.ca.gov/  Dream Act information for AB 540 students

http://www.fastweb.com Financial Aid search through the web

http://www.college-scholarships.com Free college scholarship search

http://www.scholarships.com Free college scholarship search

http://www.collegeboard.com Free college scholarship search

http://www.esaintl.com/esaf ESA Foundation scholarships

http://www.finaid.org Financial Aid information page

http://www.collegefund.org American Indian College Fund provides funding and assistance

http://www.finaid.org/otheraid/natamind.phtml Lists links with information on additional sources of funding for Native Americans

http://www.uncf.org   United Negro College Fund

http://www.free-4u.com/african.htm   America’s Black Collegians web site

http://www.BlackExcel.org/link4.htm Minority scholarship links

http://www.hsf.net/   Lists outside scholarships for Hispanics

http://www.iefa.org International Education Financial Aid Provides a free searchable database of scholarships for international students

http://bhpr.hrsa.gov Web site for students going into the healthcare field

www.generalcasualty.com Visit the General Casualty web site for program guidelines and to download an application. Application deadline is February 17.

www.johndeerepowerup.com Details for this $1,000 scholarship can be found at www.gpacac.net. The deadline for this scholarship is February 28.

www.sms.scholarshipamerica.org/senatordolepublicservice Senator Robert J. Dole Public Service Scholarship Program Are you a 2009 graduating high school senior with a gpa of 3.0 or higher and plan on attending a full-time undergraduate course of study at a regents’ university, if so, you are invited to apply for the Senator Robert J. Dole Public Service Scholarship Program at

www.kansasgolf.org Kansas Junior Golf Scholarship The Kansas Golf Foundation will award five scholarships for 2009-10. This is an academic scholarship but a student must have participated in junior golf activities, including high school golf. Scholarship details and a downloadable application form are available at - click on “Kansas Golf Foundation” and follow the links for “Scholarships”.

http://www.scholarshipquesthelper.com B. Davis Scholarship  Please visit the following web site at to apply for a $1,000 scholarship. The deadline is May 30, 2009.

www.axa-achievement.com  to learn more about all of AXA scholarship opportunities.

www.kfcscholars.org The KFC Colonel’s Scholars Program was created to assist students with financial need who plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a public institution within their legal state of residence. Students complete their application online at www.kfcscholars.org. The online application will be available from December 1, 2008 through February 10, 2009.

www.kmfonline.org   Kansas Masonic Foundation Student Loan/Scholarship Program Low-interest loans are available each year from the Kansas Masonic Foundation to Kansas residents attending a Kansas institution of higher learning as full-time students. If you wish to receive more information about the Student Loan Program, please contact: Kansas Masonic Foundation, Inc.  PO Box 1217  Topeka, KS 66601-1217  E-mail: kmfonline.org

The American Legion Please check the counseling office for various scholarship opportunities offered by the American Legion.

www.usbank.com/studentbanking U.S. Bank will again award up to thirty $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors. Students may apply online.

 

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