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Your requirements as a student with a sport scholarship will be essentially the same as any other student. In the USA, you are required to have graduated from high school with a degree equivalent to what one would have achieved after 12 years of attending a USA high school. If you are already a university student, upon enrollment it is likely that any credits that you have already achieved will be applied towards your course of study. However, you do need to observe any regulations that exist in regards to age limits and playing licenses for athletic scholarships.

Four-year colleges and universities, as well as community and junior scholarships generally offer sport scholarships. Unless the client requests differently, Maivon generally works with four-year colleges and universities. The USA offers more than 2,000 institutions of this type from which to choose.

College sports teams have been a tradition at American universities for generations. These teams, by participating in sports competitions, are essentially an advertisement for their universities. A team that achieves success, whether on a regional or national level, is followed and reported on by the media, providing the school with positive publicity. A successful sports team can be effectively used by the university as a marketing tool to attract and recruit new students. This is why university coaches are provided with a budget which they can use to actively seek out and offer scholarships to talented athletes. The athletes are then able to use the scholarship to help finance their college degree, up to their Bachelor’s degree, while the university benefits from the positive effect that the athlete has on the university’s sports team.

Scholarships are offered in a wide variety of sports, although not every school will have a scholarship in every sport. For women, scholarships are offered in the following sports:
Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Equestrian, Fencing, Field Hockey, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rifle, Rowing, Skiing (Cross Country and Downhill), Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Synchronized Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field (Indoor and Outdoor) Volleyball, and Water Polo.

For men, scholarships are offered n the following sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rifle, Skiing (Cross Country und Downhill), Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field (Indoor and Outdoor), Volleyball, Water Polo, and Wrestling.

Currently, scholarships are not awarded for sports other than those listed above.

Practice is generally quite intense, and can be a great way for a student to improve their athletic performance while studying abroad. An average practice session generally consists of at least two hours of daily training, and is supervised by coaches and assistant coaches. Training sessions are usually scheduled between morning and evening classes, often in the afternoon between 2 and 5 p.m. In addition to these practice sessions, teams are often scheduled for early morning or late night weightlifting or running sessions. Practice is generally quite strenuous, and is conducted in a professional manner. Athletes are generally trained to the point where they are qualified to enter the professional sports arena, and in fact many athletes do enter professional sports after completing their four years of college.

As a general rule, you will be living in the student dormitory, along with all the other students and athletes. Occasionally a university will provide a special dormitory that is strictly for use by athletes, or you might be offered financial assistance which would allow you to live off campus.

Academic and athletic scholarships are very popular in the USA. However, only outstanding athletes and students are awarded scholarships in order to support their educational goals. Recipients of a scholarship are obligated to represent their universities in competitions and tournaments. Coaches have the responsibility to further and develop their athletes and teams.

The overall picture of an athlete is what is most important when deciding whether you will receive a scholarship. Your academic background and athletic development are generally more important than simply having high rankings or the best times. The degree to which a student’s academic strength weighs into the decision varies widely from school to school. Our thorough assessment will determine whether or not we will be able to organize you a scholarship, especially since rankings and titles vary significantly between countries.

The division that a particular university participates in depends on the size of the university and the number of sponsored sports that they participate in. These divisions are the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) I, II and III, as well as the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics). The NCAA I is the highest rated and largest division, followed by the NCAA II and NAIA leagues. There are many NCAA II and NAIA teams that are better than some NCAA I teams, but the overall ranking of these divisions is lower. While universities in the NCAA III do have coached teams, they do not offer scholarships.

You might find that a university’s coach will offer you a full scholarship, which would cover all of your tuition fees (study cost) in addition to all your on-campus food and board costs (living expenses and meals). However, depending on your college team status, you might also be given a scholarship which would cover a percentage of all incurred costs, generally being somewhere between 30 and 80 percent. It’s important to understand that you will be reimbursed for your tuition fees, board and lodging in whatever percentage amount that your scholarship specifies, but you will not be given money. Universities are also not allowed to pay any of your personal expenses, or give you spending money, so you will be responsible for these types of expenses.


Sport scholarships are initially awarded for one year, and are usually extended if the athlete’s performance level and license to play in the division are maintained. If you start studying as a Freshman (1st semester), the maximum amount of time that you will be able to study under a sport scholarship is four years, which is the amount of time required to complete a Bachelor’s degree. If you are already a student in another country, and transfer to a USA university after completing a few semesters of study, different rules may apply that could shorten the length of time that you would be able to compete on a collegiate level. If these types of circumstances apply to you, you should discuss the rules with us before you ask us to find you a scholarship.


If you become injured or display a weak athletic performance, you won’t immediately lose your scholarship. There is a chance that your scholarship might become somewhat reduced if you don’t recover and regain your previous performance. However, if you cheat on exams, or your academic performance is inadequate for your course of study, you might lose your scholarship completely. Loss of your scholarship can also occur if you do not obey campus regulations or if you engage in unfair play in your sport, or for other similar types of reasons.

You will be responsible for all of your personal expenses, such as paying for any flights home or excursions that you might take, in addition to insurance costs and your personal spending money. You will also be responsible for any percentage of your study, board and lodging fees not covered by your sport scholarship.

After receiving a sport scholarship, you are free to study any subject of your choice. Your field of study is not associated with either the scholarship or the sport that you will be participating in. You will simply enroll in the university or college as a “regular” student in the department of your choosing, and are free to choose any combination of subjects. You will also find that your selection of subjects and majors will be much more extensive in the USA than in most other countries.

Athletes must be awarded the “license to compete”, and the NCAA’s “Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse” is responsible for managing this process. Before being allowed to play in the NCAA I or II, you must be registered with the Clearinghouse. Based upon your academic performance and SAT/ACT results, the Clearinghouse will determine whether or not you are eligible. The Clearinghouse will also check to see whether you are an amateur athlete, and will address any questions regarding the length of your eligibility. When determining eligibility, the Clearinghouse serves as the final authority.

The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is required when registering at the NCAA Clearinghouse. Many universities also require that this test be taken before enrollment. The test measures the student’s Math and English skills through a series of questions.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test is required by American universities, if English is not the student’s native language. This test assesses your English language skills.

The answer to this question varies depending on the country, since what is considered as a valid degree varies from country to country. For example, the Bachelor degree was introduced within the European Union through the so-called “Bologna convention”. The Bachelor is already accepted across Europe as a valid university degree on an international level, but further coordination between universities is required. In regards to your future employment, companies generally accept a Bachelor’s degree that was earned abroad, especially if the company’s operations are international. And, since the USA educational system is generally held in high regard, and considered to be the one of the world’s best systems, choosing to study in the USA is sure to be a good decision.

University coaches receive hundreds of inquiries from private individuals every semester. Because of the fact that most of these applications are either not reliable or not substantial, it’s difficult for an individual to be noticed by a coach. Agencies such as Maivon not only ensure that the athletes are prepared to meet the athletic and academic requirements, but they serve as a screening company for the coaches.

Some of the world’s best athletes were former college athletes. This provides proof that your chances of starting a career as a professional athlete are increased by first being a member of a college team. The profession coaching received in college, combined with the intense daily practice sessions, are the ideal preparation for a professional sports career.