Are You a Talented Young Rower?
Do you want to achieve a University degree whilst continuing your sport to the highest level?
Do you dream of living and studying in the USA?
Are you between the ages of 15 and 19 years old?
*IMPORTANT: You must be between 15 and 19 years of age to be eligible for the FirstPoint USA Scholarship program.
Rowing scholarships in the USA are awarded to talented young athletes so it is important to have the strength and skill required for this hard endurance sport.
NCAA Division I requires colleges to enter two eight-oared shells and one four-oared shell in the team championship. The Championship is restricted to 12. Four other colleges are selected to enter a eight-oared shells tournament.
The NCAA Division II Championship consists of a eight-oared shells and four-oared shell competition.
The Division III Championship is a eight-oared competition only.
Rowing scholarships are becoming more and more readily available, even to those who have never rowed before!
Men's rowing is offered as a club sport at many schools but is not sanctioned by the NCAA.
Women's rowing have 81 Division I, 15 Division II and 42 Division III programs.
There are about 20 scholarships available per team in women's rowing. This is an equivalency sport, which means that full scholarships are not often offered, the coaches can divide the money as they choose.
Rowing is a highly competitive college sport, but does not actually require any previous experience.
However, it is up to coaches to identify potential in novice rowers, so they are looking for young athletes with a great deal of physical stamina, strength and dedication.
To obtain a full scholarship as a coxswain, you must be able to demonstrate success in high profile races or junior development experience.
Coaches may be looking for coxwains depending on their current roster, and they will be looking for those who can make an immediate contribution to the team.
There are very few schools which have lightweight divisions within their program so you can expect a highly competitive and highly selective environment.
You might have lightweight scores but you could be recruited for non-lightweight spots in a college rowing program because many schools don't have specialized lightweight programs.
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