Who qualifies for a US College academic/field hockey scholarship?
Only the best young players will be considered for a scholarship. If you play at top County standard or National level and you are a leading player in your club’s tournaments, then you could well be looking at gaining a US College scholarship offer.
College Field Hockey & Lacrosse scouting is very competitive – the coaches are looking for players that have a lot of future potential, so, if you feel you have the ability to play top US College Field Hockey or Lacrosse, then we would like to hear from you. Field Hockey is one of only 2 sports in the NCAA which are exclusive to women (the other being softball).
In return we can guarantee that we will be contacting 77 division 1 and 26 division 2 coaches at colleges which offer Field Hockey & Lacrosse scholarships on your behalf. Sporting Chance USA has an excellent working relationship with US coaches and we are constantly being asked for exciting new UK talent.
If you are considering going to university within the next 12-24 months whilst at the same time progressing your Field Hockey / Lacrosse career, then a US College scholarship could be the right move for you. Many young UK sportsmen/women move to the US, safe in the knowledge that they can select their programme of study from a wide ranging choice of subjects.
All US Colleges have well respected and learned Field Hockey & Lacrosse coaches in charge of their individual programmes. These programmes are very much learner centred and the social, academic and sporting development of each individual is paramount.
Another major factor in choosing to attend a US College is the fantastic indoor and outdoor sporting facilities that are on offer to aspiring young athletes.
How much can you expect to receive if you are successful in gaining a US scholarship?
An annual US College programme will normally cost between £20,000 – £30,000 before a scholarship award.
If you are successful in obtaining a scholarship award, this can reduce the cost to between £5000 – £10,000. It must be noted that a US scholarship will normally include the cost of tuition fees, on-campus insurance, accommodation and food. This figure compares favorably to the cost of attending a UK university, as it has been announced that most UK students attending a UK university can expect the cost to be £6000 plus when accommodation and food is taken into consideration. Unfortunately student loans are not available to UK students who decide to study abroad. Also US College grants are few and far between and should not be relied upon.
Some overseas consultants talk freely about full scholarships or ‘full rides’. A full scholarship means that the college will pay for your tuition (which is the largest part of the award) accommodation, food, books and fees. It must be noted that only the very best players with outstanding academics receive a full scholarship and once again they should not be relied upon.
Many colleges offer athlete incentives such as; if the student athlete consistently performs to a pre-set standard and his/her academics maintain a high level, then there is every chance that the annual fees paid in the second year will be at a reduced rate.
This is a typical video that may be viewed on each athlete’s profile.