How to Win an Athletics Scholarship to a USA University

November 19, 2020

Collegiate Athletics

Athletics is one of the most exciting sports at collegiate level. All the athletes across their different events come together as one sporting program, looking to make their mark either on the track or on the field. We have had some amazing success with recruiting scholarships for Track and Field athletes. Sprinters, long jumpers and long-distance runners have all received phenomenal opportunities in the past few years. We would love for you to win the next athletics scholarship to a USA University!

If you want to give yourself the best chance at getting a scholarship to compete at the college level, you will need to reach specific distances and times. These requirements can be found on our Athletics page right here

Earning yourself a track and field scholarship takes hard work and dedication. Your biggest hurdle, however, is yourself. You have to be able to put in the work for just those extra few centimetres, or shaving 10 seconds off your time.

Kayla van der Bergh, Aspire Atlantic alumna

Hard Work and Dedication Pays Off

There is one student-athlete that has shown us - and the athletics community - what he could achieve with his drive and determination to succeed. In 2019 Jack was running some really good times and had good Division 2 options available to him. In January 2020, Jack asked me what he needed to do in order to get interest from Division 1 college coaches. I sat him down and explained to him that the only way to attract D1 interest was to run the required times. A fire burned in Jack's eyes, and with steely determination he told me he would do whatever was necessary. To help him in his quest, we set some targets for Jack to meet by the end of the athletic season in April. However, Jack only needed 6 weeks with his coach to reach his 400m Division 1 goal, a new PB of 47.16!

Soon after that Jack had some amazing interest from coaches across the States, but one athletics program stood out for him: the University of Michigan. Jack has recently just signed with Michigan and will be joining them in Fall 2021. Hard work can really pay off and Jack is the perfect example of this. If you are willing to put in the work, you can win a University athletics scholarship to your dream school.

Matt Nortje, Aspire Atlantic alumnus

5 Tips to Improve Your Chances of Getting a Scholarship

  • Get a formal coach
  • Working with a dedicated coach can take you from being competitive to obtaining results and PB’s on a regular basis
  • Set yourself monthly goals and seasonal goals every year
  • You have to set yourself achievable goals in order to achieve your dreams
  • Create a great resume
  • Make sure to include your PB’s as well as your placings at specific events throughout the season
  • Record your competitions and training sessions
  • Coaches love to see how you compete under pressure as well as how you train 
  • Supportive Circle
  • Make sure to surround yourself with family and friends that have a positive impact on you and your dreams of studying overseas

Whether you want to achieve Division 1 or Division 2 standards, if you put yourself in the right frame of mind, with the right people to support you, you can do it. Aspire Atlantic is here to help you, your parents, and your coaches through the entire recruitment process. You too can win a University athletics scholarship!

Remember, it's always the perfect time to begin your journey towards studying at the university of your dreams. Sign up here for a free consultation with one of our recruitment experts. You could join over 300 student-athletes already placed in the USA, competing at the highest level and earning a world-class degree!


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