Press Release: American Athletic Scholarships, Geneva, Switzerland 2015
Athletes from all over the world who aim to combine both education and sport now have a new free option to help them achieve this goal. Today Athletes World Foundation and Athletes USA launch a new initiative to help offer 25 athletic scholarships to American Universities within the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA for underprivileged athletes.
For many years athletes have faced high fees from Agencies that sometimes don’t follow through in what they promise athletes, as discovered by the BBC (Read BBC Report).
AWF’s new American Athletic Scholarship Program will allow athletes to apply for the chance to be considered for an athletic scholarship for free. The lucky 25 hopefuls will receive athletic scholarships between $25,000-$60,000 per year.
This opportunity has been made possible due to the strategic alliance made by AWF last year with Athletes USA, whom works with over 3500 NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA universities and colleges in America. Athletes USA will help AWF to connect qualifying athletes to schools within there network and will source the athletic scholarships from these schools athletic departments.
What is an American Athletic Scholarship?
In the United States, athletic scholarships are largely regulated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). There are also Junior Colleges and NAIA, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
In 1973, the NCAA split its membership into three divisions: Division I, Division II, and Division III. Under National Collegiate Athletic Association bylaws, Division I and Division II schools can offer athletic scholarships to athletes for playing a sport. Division III schools may not offer any athletic scholarships but can offer academic scholarships.
The NCAA rules place a limit on the number of student-athletes that qualify in a given sport at a particular school, who are eligible to receive athletic scholarship aid. Financial aid is defined as the funds granted to a student-athlete by the institution in which they are enrolled. Financial aid that has not been provided by the school will render the athlete ineligible, unless the aid is received from a guardian or dependent, it has been awarded for reasons separate from the individual’s athletic ability, or it has been provided by a recognized and continuing program that may or may not recognize athletic ability as a major criterion (i.e. National Merit Scholarship or as an honorary high school award). There is also a limit to the amount of scholarship aid that may be awarded through an athletic scholarship. Specifically, it must not exceed the cost of the individual’s education otherwise it is considered “pay”, which violates an athlete’s amateur status.
The NCAA also has academic eligibility requirements, in addition to the other requirements mentioned, has been a longstanding issue in the history of college athletics. In order to respond to the lack of national academic standards, the NCAA passed the 1.600 GPA rule in 1962 in order for freshmen to receive athletic scholarship. However, this decision received widespread criticism and was eventually abolished in 1973. The American Council on Education (ACE) presented Proposition 48 to the NCAA conference in 1983. The minimum 1.600 freshmen GPA, changed to 2.0 for high school athletes.
Once a high school senior student athlete is deemed eligible to receive an athletic scholarship for their participation on an NCAA college sports team, they must then follow a number of explicit steps in order to participate at the collegiate level. In particular, the NCAA requires that they sign a National College Letter of Intent (NLI), which is effectively an agreement that binds the student-athlete to institution in which they have chosen to enroll.
About Athletes USA
Since 2008 we Athletes USA has placed more athletes into American college than any other NGO globally. This has aloud Athletes USA to save our student athletes over $100,000,000 in tuition fees.
The success rate and reputation for customer satisfaction has not gone unnoticed, in 2009 they were selected by the Commonwealth Secretariat to represent the Commonwealth Community receiving platinum recognition status. This partnership with Athletes USA helps deliver athletic scholarships to over 54 countries globally.
Athletes USA expert team advises over 50 sport bodies, which include National Olympic Committees, NGO’s, International & National Sport Federations and Education and Sport Ministries.
Athletes USA also works closely with our multinational companies such as Nike, Virgin Atlantic and Alliance whom provide value added services to our student athletes.
About Athletes World Foundation
Many athletes are unable to afford education. Athletes World Foundation (AWF) aims to break down athletes financial barriers preventing them from continuing their Education through Sport. Our team has extensive experience within sport allowing us to recognize and understand the challenges student athletes commonly face in life after sport without an education.
We believe in providing deserving athletes with sport scholarships permitting them to continue education through their sporting talent. AWF is inspiring and guiding athletes to work hard on an off the sporting field enabling them to become true champions in sport, life and society.
We partner with international sports institutions and federations gaining endorsement from Olympic officials to jointly integrate sports talent development and university education into a sponsored program to help amateur athletes.
AWF believes in assisting athletes with qualifying academic backgrounds, English language and a keen college interest to provide them with access to free international university education through the practice of sport.
Our experienced team have developed proven dual career pathways that allow athletes to continue education and sport. This provides student athletes the opportunity to turn professional or enter the job market. Our strategy allows athletes to have the best of both world’s.