Parents and student-athletes always have a few questions when visiting our website or speaking to our recruiters. Most of the answers can be found on our FAQ page, but sometimes more detail is needed to clarify certain matters. In this blog we’re going to provide you with answers to popular questions that are not covered on our website. E.g. The importance of academics when applying for a sports scholarship and what hopeful athletes need to include on their Athletic Highlights Video.
Many athletes are unaware of how crucial their high school academic performance is when applying for sports scholarships. Thousands of exceptionally talented athletes apply for sports scholarships every year and to stand out, you will need to differentiate yourself. USA coaches and university admissions staff look for people who can diversify and strengthen their student body by making meaningful contributions in the classroom, in the community and on the sports field. The sooner you understand the importance of your grades the better your chances of earning a sports scholarship and possibly an academic scholarship.
Good video footage is a crucial component of the USA Scholarships recruitment process. We use your footage to develop a highlights package which is used to market your talents to our network of universities. Student-athletes frequently ask what needs be included? Our answer is, regardless of the sport you compete in; we need to see you in game situations or competing in a sanctioned event. If you play ball sports, we'll need to see technical skills, agility and match play. It is also important to ensure you footage is high-quality because this is the only time international coaches will see you play. Do not waste your time with poor footage, as coaches will simply move onto the next athlete that can make a better impression.
If an athlete is approached by a University coach and offers the student a verbal agreement to attend their college, they want to know, how binding is this agreement? The simple answer is, not at all! If a coach is interested in signing you to their university athletics programme, they will send you a NLI (National Letter of Intent). An NLI is a binding agreement that usually lasts for one year. If the student-athlete signs this contract and then wishes to go to another University or College to play and study, the student-athlete will then either have to pay a penalty or they will be eligible to play for one year.
All students wanting to study in the USA or who are interested in joining the USA Scholarships Placement Programme will discover that your high School GPA (Grade Point Average) will be required to be of a substantial level.
Once your GPA has been calculated; it will be used alongside your SAT scores when applying to College and Universities. The importance of a good GPA cannot be emphasized enough and can be the difference between going to your desired University and not.
Whether you are applying for a sports or an academic scholarship, your GPA plays a critical role in the universities decision-making process. Colleges will delve into your GPA scores and see where and why you have the grades you do. This makes it essential for students to do well every year. South African students cannot afford to slack off in Grade 9 & 10, and then decide to put the in the effort when they get to their senior years of high school because the overall GPA will be affected and your poor performances will be reflected in your low Grade Point Average.
An average GPA will not keep you from going to college, but many four-year universities do require a GPA of 3.25 or higher. You should always strive to do your best every year, as it all counts at the end of the day.
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The SAT exam will look slightly different from March 2016 and will impact all students enrolling in college from 2017 onwards. Thanks to our crack team here at USA Scholarships, we have done the research, so you don’t have to.
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