The Myth of College ScholarshipsInterscholastic athletics is not intended to be a "Farm System" for colleges and universities to groom their athletes. The fact is that less than 1/2 of 1% of high school athletes receive any athletic financial aid to participate in college athletics.FOUR things most colleges look for in their scouting of high school talent:1- A good academic background, including goodGPA and SAT scores. They are the kindof student who will always attend classes andstrive for their degree.2- A good all-a-round attitude ranks right behindacademic credentials. All colleges arelooking for athletes who are receptive tocoaching, possess a good work ethic, andhave a positive influence on their teammates.When you remember that the college coachspends several months with their players before,during and after the season, you can understandwhy "good attitude" is important. Bad kids wearthe coach out and negatively impact the TEAM.3- College coaches are turned off by kids withoutcharacter, who are having problems with the law,are untrustworthy and pose too many risks for thecollege program.4- Ability is very vitally important, of course, but itno longer guarantees admission to a collegeprogram.Athletes are also required to be processed through the NCAA Clearinghouse if they are interested in playing at a Division I or II college or university. They should contact their school counselor for further information. Student-athletes can also go to the NCAA Website and download a copy of "The Guide for the College Bound Student-Athletes", under the publication section of their homepage.
Last Modified on July 23, 2009