At Maryland-Eastern Shore (UMES), for example, four of the five scholarship bowlers are international students (two hail from Colombia, one is from Mexico and a fourth is from Puerto Rico). In fact, UMES is what is known as an HBC (Historically Black College) and yet none of the bowlers is African-American. Neither is head coach Kristina Frahm. Only four of the nine bowlers on the roster are American.
One reason for that: bowling is an easily quantifiable sport, one in which conditions and competition are minor if non-existent factors. Lanes, pins and balls are pretty much uniform no matter what continent one hails from, while a bowler’s main competition is herself. A high school senior who regularly bowls a 170 in Bogota, Colombia, is going to have that same average stateside.
Speaking of which – and, remember UMES is the apex of collegiate bowling – the individuals at Maryland-Eastern Shore average between 180 and 200 per game, while one has rolled as high as a 265 game. The standards at other schools are not that high.
Do your homework. Find out if any of the schools you are interested in offer bowling as a collegiate sport. Then, just as you might see how your SAT or ACT scores measure up to their standards, compare your bowling average to their bowlers’ averages. You’ll probably need somewhere in the vicinity of a 170 average to be considered for a scholarship.
Chances are that currently you fall south of that 170 standard. With practice and dedication, though, there may be time to improve your score. And, let’s face it: it’s a lot more fun to work on your bowling than it is to work on calculus.