Last month I wrote three college blog posts about the hazards of chasing sports scholarships. I promise I’m not going to rehash that, but I did want to share a post that I wrote for CBSMoneyWatch on how teenagers can increase your chances of a sports scholarship.
At a college admission conference that I attended last week in San Francisco, I talked to a former women’s soccer coach at Tulane and Georgetown about what it takes to win an athletic scholarship.
You can read the soccer coach’s six tips here:
For those who missed my post about athletic scholarships last month, I’m reposting them below. Before I do, I want to share with you a real example of unrealistic expectations by parents, who believe their kids are going to get scholarships.
When I was writing this post today, I was talking to my sister Jane and she said she thought her daughter Kate has as good chance of winning an athletic scholarship. When I heard this, I was stunned. Kate is a third grader and she recently got on a U-9 club soccer team.
I told Jane that the best way for Kate to win money for college is simply to be the best student she can. While more than 270,000 girls play soccer in high school, only 9,3010 win a soccer scholarship. And the average soccer scholarship is only worth $8,404.
Soccer isn’t going to pay Kate’s tuition bills.