Most college-bound student-athletes dream of getting an athletic scholarship. But many aren’t sure how or where to start.

Here are some tips to help you realize your dreams:

  • Review your course work with your high school counselor to make sure you’re taking courses that meet the requirements of the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and/or the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
  • Prepare a cover letter and sports résumé.
  • Make a 10-15 minute video that highlights your sports performance.
  • Obtain a letter of recommendation from your high school coach and your off-season coach.
  • Make a list of schools that you’re interested in attending and get the names of the coach for each school. Send your cover letter to each coach, including your sports résumé, your video, your letters of recommendation from your coaches, and your season schedule.Prepare for interviews. According to college recruiters, the best qualities to exhibit during an interview are confidence, respect, sincerity, and enthusiasm. Polish your interview skills by practicing with your coach, school counselor and your parents.
  • Prepare a list of questions to ask the recruiter during the interview. Some examples are:
  • Do I qualify both athletically and academically?
  • What position am I being considered for?
  • If I’m recruited, what type of scholarship will I be offered?

Don’t forget to follow up! There are four times when a follow-up letter is effective: before your senior season, just after your senior season, just before announced signing dates, and late summer (in case scholarship offers have been withdrawn or declined).

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