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ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIPS IN THE USA
 
Athletic scholarships for U.S. colleges and universities are granted to talented athletes from around the world in order to enable them to study in the U.S. Students who are approved for athletic scholarships in the U.S. train and participate in competitions along with following the courses and exams at the university or college. In the U.S., there is a total of 29 sports scholarships available for boys and girls, including: basketball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, swimming, water polo, track and field, etc.
 
Tuition at universities in the United States depends on the academic level of the university or college in question. It ranges from $20,000 to $50,000 or more. If the grantee receives a full-ride scholarship, it means that his or her costs are completely covered, including all education fees, textbooks, plus room and board.
 
To obtain an athletic scholarship in the U.S., a candidate, in addition to having achievements and success in his or her sport, must meet certain academic criteria. Level of education, English language skills and overall impression all determine if the university will submit a request (either high or low rank) for an athletic scholarship for the candidate.
 
1. Age
To compete in the NCAA Division I, each candidate must be between 18 and 26 years of age, as required by their regulations. In the other divisions of the NCAA and NAIA organizations, there is no age limit. The ideal option is after immediately finishing high school, candidates continue their education in the U.S., because that provides the greatest possibility of obtaining a scholarship. Every coach would rather take a player on whom they can count on the team for a full four years. It is important to note that athletes do not have to be on a professional level. In consideration for obtaining athletic scholarships, potential athletes with above average quality as well as those at the amateur level are acceptable.
 
2. Academic Terms
It is mandatory that every candidate who wants to enroll in a university in the United States must be a graduate of a high school (4th level) or be on their way to graduate in the foreseeable future (for example: candidates may be attending their third or fourth year of high school).
It is also mandatory to:
Pass the entrance exam for American colleges - SAT
Pass the English test - TOEFL
Having passing grades out of high school are sufficient for admission to college, but better reviews mean a greater possibility of obtaining an athletic or academic scholarship. Not infrequently, these two scholarships in combination can cover the majority or all the costs of studying.

 

 

3. Sport Prerequisites
When asked what it means to be a quality athlete who would be granted a scholarship for competing at an American college is not easy or simple to answer. This can be done only on the basis of their experience. Only then it would be possible to compare the quality of the candidates with the required level of play in the NCAA, NAIA or NJCAA leagues.
 
In many sports, it is difficult to determine the quality of an athlete without seeing them in person. That is the biggest problem with American coaches picking athletes from other countries. It is understandable that the coach of any U.S. college has difficultly determining the quality of an athlete in Serbia and the surrounding region. Hence the importance of our program is greater, because it gives coaches an opportunity to compare the candidates and get all the necessary information in order to make a decision on awarding scholarships.
 
Like in all sports, more talented athletes will be in higher demand, while lesser talented athletes will have fewer teams or organizations desiring them. Top athletes will therefore have a chance in the strongest teams, while the average candidate will be of sufficient quality to improve the average team at a U.S. college. There is no need to fear that the candidate will not meet the competition level of American college. The challenge is how to match the individual quality of each athlete to a specific college where upon arrival, the athlete can raise the level and quality of the team. These are the individuals that are desired and granted scholarships by college coaches of all divisions and levels. And that's our job to find such individuals.
 
Because there are such a large number of colleges in the U.S., means that there are a large number of scholarships to be granted. There are also many top teams that used to have NBA, MLS and NHL stars, but there are also a lot of average teams in which other athletes can find their place and scholarship. For some other sports it is perhaps the opposite; fewer colleges have (eg. water polo team) but the quality of the games is much lower and the chances of our athletes are greater. It is important to note that the quality of academic programs at the college is not necessarily correlated with the quality of the sports teams. Also, the quality of the sports teams in different sports within a college can vary. For example, a basketball team can be on a level of competition such as vying for the championship title, while the football team of the same college can be the worst team in their league. Or vice versa.
 
The kind of scholarship an athlete can get depends on the level of his/her sport. It is more common for girls to be awarded “full-ride” scholarships and for boys to get somewhere from 60% to 90%. This is because men’s sports like American football, basketball and baseball are extremely popular in American colleges. These sports take up a large portion of the sports scholarship funds, which leaves girls’ sports left over with large amounts of funds available for scholarships. This rule is called “Title IV” and deems that the funds spent on scholarships for girls’ and boys’ sports programs at American colleges must be equal.
 
The coach has the sole decision on which athletes are allocated full-ride or partial scholarships. This depends entirely on the quality and performance of the player. Also, it should be noted that athletic scholarships are awarded for one year, after which a coach again has to decide the budget allocation based on the achieved results from his/her players.
 
American colleges usually start the first semester near the end of August. Also, it should be noted that international students automatically qualify for an international scholarship that is independent of the sports scholarships. This scholarship can be obtained by students whose grade average is 3.5 (which is equivalent to 4.5 in Serbian high schools). These scholarships are between $2000 and $8000 per semester. Combining sports and international scholarship can get full financial coverage or the so-called full-ride scholarships.
 
4. Knowledge of English
One important question is, "How well do I need to know English?” If you are able to pass the TOEFL and (or) SAT, there should not be any problems with the swift adoption of English at the academic level. At many colleges there are special programs for teaching English to foreigners who speak minimal English, such as ESL (English as a Second Language).
 

 

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