The cost for college education ranges in the hundreds and thousands. There are not many people who have this kind of money to spend on education. Scholarships are therefore the need of the hour and one of the viable options is sports scholarship. Colleges are looking to pick up talented athletes from high schools to boost their teams. This means that college sport coaches and selection officials scout the high school play fields for suitable athletes. The athletes that are lucky enough to catch the eye of the selectors are usually offered sports scholarships and accepted to a college team. This is however not the only means of acquiring a sports scholarship. The candidates can also make demonstrations of their abilities in response to an advertised scholarships opportunity, etc.
The competition for sports scholarships is obviously high. A good athlete has a better chance of winning a scholarship. Sports scholarships are available for both individual and team sports. The candidates should prepare themselves accordingly. Another very important tactic is that of advertisement. If an athlete better advertises his abilities to the coaches and is generally well known, then he/she has a better chance to beat the rest of the competition. This tactic however clearly cannot work alone it also requires a good degree of skill and talent in the sport.
Some of the sports scholarships are full ride; others cover only partial expenses of the study. Full ride scholarships have a greater merit rating and partial sports scholarships are for the more mediocre athletes.
There are generally two types of sports scholarships. The first type is called headcount scholarship. These are full ride scholarships and all the team members get the money. The second type is the equivalency scholarship and this is a partial scholarship in which a set amount of scholarship money is divided among the team members. The good point of the former is that every team member gets a full amount of money and the good thing about the latter is that the more an athlete performs the more increment he/she gets in her scholarship money.
In the United States, athletic scholarships are regulated largely by National Collegiate Athletic Association and also by National Association of Independent Athletics. More specific information can be had from local or online listings of scholarships. There is a variety of eligibility criteria, full/partial status and total number of candidates allowed. Usually an athlete can be sure of his success if he/she trains well and utilizes his/her talent.