*Please note: You must be between 15 and 19 years of age to be eligible for the FirstPoint USA Scholarship program.
The concept behind US Ice Hockey Scholarships is quite simple; it provides talented amateur sportsmen and women with an exclusive opportunity to pursue both an academic and Ice Hockey career simultaneously.An Ice Hockey Scholarship to an American university can cover some, and at times all, of the costs associated with earning a university degree. In return, the student-athlete will represent the university in Ice Hockey and maintain a good level of academic performance.
An Ice Hockey scholarship to the USA is a unique opportunity to pursue an academic and playing career within some of the best academic and sporting environments in the World. Collegiate Ice-Hockey is a very competitive sport at all college levels and competition can be fierce to receive a scholarship.
The NCAA Division I sponsors 59 Ice Hockey programs for men and 34 for women. Division II offers 7 for men and 34 for women. The Ice Hockey recruiting process takes longer than any other college sport because the longer a coach can watch you, the better idea he will have of your potential. To increase your chances of being recruited, it is important to have club team experience.
To be considered for a FirstPoint USA Ice Hockey Scholarship, you should be physically fit, have a high level of skill in Ice Hockey; you should possess a real drive and ambition to succeed. Academically, you must have completed high school and have grades to meet the initial-eligibilty requirements for the NCAA, NAIA or NJCAA. Good academic standing is an essential aspect of life as a student-athlete and this must be maintained throughout your collegiate sports career. Failure to do so could see you prohibited from training and playing with the team, and potentially lead to your scholarship being withdrawn completely. The NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA each have strict rules regarding the good academic standing of all competing athletes.
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