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Schools are providing 1.3 million fewer chances for girls to play sports in high school as compared to boys. While more than half of the students at NCAA schools are women, they receive only 44% of the athletic participation opportunities.
Female athletes at the typical Division I-FBS (formerly Division I-A) school receive roughly: 28% of the total money spent on athletics, 31% of the recruiting dollars, and 42% of the athletic scholarship dollars.
According to recent statistics, about 2 percent of high school athletes are awarded athletics scholarships to compete in college. This small number means high school student-athletes and their parents need to have realistic expectations about receiving an athletic scholarship to play sports in college. Academic, not athletic, achievement is the most reliable path to success in life.
The NCAA allows each Division I college to give out up to 85 football scholarships! The next highest allotment of scholarships is women’s rowing at a maximum of 20 scholarships per school.
NCCAA allows each Division II college to give out up to 36 football scholarships! The highest allotment of women’s scholarships is again for rowing at a maximum of 20 scholarships per school.
Division I colleges are allowed to offer up to 206.9 men’s athletic scholarships and only up to 173.1 women’s athletic scholarships. Division II colleges are allowed to offer 155.89 men’s athletic scholarships and 193.59 women’s athletic scholarships.
The NCAA estimated that in 2009 more than 200 out of approximately 1,800 girls golf scholarshipswent unused.
Division III schools do not offer athletically related financial aid.
*Division III schools typically offer more academic based scholarships instead.
About two percent of high school athletes are awarded athletics scholarships to compete in college
Division I volleyball players – full scholarship, Division II- split scholarships offering between 25-50% of tuition, DIII- no athletic scholarships. It’s important to earn a high GPA to apply for good academic scholarships too.
only a few women’s sports offer full rides on a regular basis: basketball, gymnastics, tennis and volleyball.
Experts say that in 2009, approximately 10% of women’s golf scholarships and 20% of women’s tennis scholarships were not snatched up.
If you are one of the 19,719 high school gymnasts who lands one of the 1,095 Division 1 spots, the odds are in your favor to receive a scholarship. There are 744 scholarships in Division 1 which gives you almost a 68% chance of also receiving funding towards your education.
There are 101 gymnasts competing for 42 scholarships at Division 2 colleges. If you are talented enough to be one of the fortunate 101 female gymnasts who are accepted into a Division 2 college gymnastics program, you have almost a 42% chance of earning a women’s gymnastics scholarship.
(Getting a College Athletic Scholarship) Start with a Plan. The following is a list of important steps you will need to take in the process:
1. What are you looking to get out of your college experience?
2. Identify schools with an athletic and academic program you want
3. Establish communication with college coaches
5. Academic-Eligibility Requirements
Division I women's basketball features 338 programs
Division I women's programs are allowed 15 scholarships.
Scholarships in Division I basketball must be full rides. No partial athletic scholarships are given in Division I basketball.
291 women's programs in Division II basketball.
women's programs at the Division II level are afforded 10 scholarships.
Scholarships can be split up among the entire roster. Both full and partial rides can be offered in Division II.
Since Cheerleading is not considered a sport by the NCAA they cannot limit the number of cheerleading scholarships each college or university can grant. This is fortunate and unfortunate at the same time. For colleges that do offer cheerleading scholarships, it is very fortunate that they can chose their limit rather than the NCAA doing it for them. However, cheerleading scholarships aren’t as common as some athletic scholarships. Colleges with thriving football and basketball programs are more likely to give cheerleading scholarships but they are typically based on a tryout rather than recruitment. This means that you must tryout and know ahead of time that even if you make the team you may or may not receive a scholarship. (self source)
Hands down, the best chance that you have of getting of sports scholarship is by being a female rower.
Golf is generally a wealthy sport, which makes for more funds to spread around. Male golfers tallied 165,000, with over 3,600 scholarships split. Female golfers had a better chance at getting funded, with 54,000 athletes and 2,300 scholarships, giving four percent of female golfers the chance to play in college.
While they only got 500 more scholarships than boys, the field of female basketball players is so much smaller, giving girls the best chance at getting funded. 451,000 girls play basketball, with 8,000 scholarships being handed out,
Poor grades turn off a coach’s interest more quickly than any other factor.
Only 2% of college athletes were discovered by their coach. You must put yourself out there in order to be noticed.
The best time to start working toward athletic scholarships is a child’s freshman or sophomore year in high school!
Tennis is rapidly increasing in popularity, so competition among students for scholarships is increasing as well.
Many private organizations award golf scholarships
Title IX does NOT require equal spending on men's and women's programs, and less than 12% of college athletic programs actually make a profit.
Title IX recognizes that men and women may be interested in different sports. It simply says, that you have to provide them with comparable opportunities to play sports. You cannot pretend that 100 male football players are not receiving the benefits of the athletic department- benefits that the school is obligated to provide to women as well.
Female athletes receive 63,000 fewer opportunities at NCAA Institutions (193,000 female vs. 256,000 male).
Female college athletes receive $183 million less in NCAA athletic scholarships ($965 million female v. $1.15 billion male).
Only 2,099 female golfers will make the cut to play at a Division 1 college, but fortunately 1,488 will be awarded a scholarship for doing so
There are only 1,236 female golfers in Division 2, but there are 864 scholarships to assist those athletes in funding their education. That is almost a 70% chance of receiving a scholarship, once you make the team.
There are 2,560 scholarships for the 2,907 female tennis players who make it to a division 1 team. If you are talented enough to selected to play at the college level, you have an almost a 90% chance of also receiving a scholarship towards your education.
Division 2 colleges have 1,272 women’s tennis scholarships and 4,414 female tennis players. If you beat the odds and make it into a division 2 tennis program, you have almost a 30% chance of receiving a scholarship so you can afford it.
There are 4,410 scholarship divided amongst the 315 college teams in Division 1.
In 2010-2011 there were 315 women’s soccer teams and 8,473 players in Division 1 (52%)
In Division 2 there were 242 teams and 6,003 players in 2010-2011.
Division 2 allots 9.9 scholarships per team for a total of 2,396 scholarships that are available to the 361,556 female soccer players who may apply. (40%)