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What Is A Scholarship? Everything You Need to Know About Scholarships in America

Playing sports and studying on a scholarship. Something you may have heard of before. But what is a scholarship exactly? And why are scholarships so important? In this article, I will delve into the meaning of a scholarship and what you can expect from it.

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Lars Blenckers

As you may have already read in my blog about the costs of studying in America, it is quite expensive to simply go and study in the United States. Scholarships, also known as grants, play a significant role in covering costs for athletes and students.

But What Is A Scholarship, Really?

A scholarship is a financial allowance granted to students to reduce or even fully cover the costs of their education.

These grants are awarded to students who excel in academic performance and/or athletic achievements, serving as a reward to assist them with their educational expenses.

In the United States, scholarships are much more common than elsewhere. American universities have established funds that they allocate in the form of scholarships to the most talented students.

By attracting top talent, these universities can compete with other institutions, aiming for excellence in both academic and athletic realms. Every university strives to be the best!

What types of scholarships are available?

Because we assist athletes who aspire to play and study at an American university, we generally work with two types of scholarships: sports scholarships and academic scholarships. 

You may have already read about hockey or soccer scholarships.

Sport Scholarships

To have the opportunity to study while pursuing your sport in America, it is essential to stand out due to your athletic talent, whether you excel in soccer or hockey. 

Coaches are often willing to add talented international players to their teams and are prepared to award sports scholarships for this purpose.

These sports scholarships are typically expressed as a percentage of the total costs, ranging from 0% to 100%.

As you've read, "How much does it cost to study in America?", it can still be pricey to study in America. However, there is the possibility to combine sports scholarships with academic scholarships.

Academic Scholarships

Academic scholarships are granted to students with excellent grades or high test scores. The specific criteria vary by university, but if you have strong academic achievements, you often qualify for an academic scholarship.

Unlike sports scholarships, academic scholarships are usually expressed in fixed monetary amounts.

Below is an example from Longwood University:

Academic Scholarships available at Longwood University
Academic Scholarships available at Longwood University

To calculate your GPA, you can visit this article.

As you can see in the example, at Longwood, you may qualify for a scholarship of up to $8,000 per year. This can be combined with a sports scholarship.


In conclusion, scholarships are a powerful tool that offers students the opportunity to excel in both their academic and athletic careers while reducing the financial burdens of their education. 

If you are considering studying and playing sports in America, exploring scholarship opportunities is certainly worthwhile.

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