*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 Swimming Scholarships is quite simple; it provides talented amateur sportsmen and women with an exclusive opportunity to pursue both an academic and Swimming career simultaneously.A SwimmingScholarship 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 Swimming and maintain a good level of academic performance.
A Swimming 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. In total, there are about 1800 scholarships awarded to male divers and swimmers from US universities and colleges every year. For women, there are around 3000 scholarships given annually. To be considered for a swimming scholarship, versatility is the key. Coaches want to recruit athletes who can master and compete in more than one event and can compete over different distances and strokes. To gain scholarship funding, you should be at least swimming at county level, and competing at a national level.
Swimming remains one of the most competitive (especially amongst men) in collegiate sport. It also brings with it, one of the most gruelling training schedules including intense early morning sessions before class. With swimmers such as Olympian, Michael Phelps coming from a US scholarship background, it is little wonder that many swimmers and divers would look to America for their training and development.
Universities and colleges in the USA invest a huge amount into their sports facilities and coaching - making it a very attractive opportunity for those who have the ability to compete at a high level. For example, there are around 500 Olympic sized swimming pools in the US, compared to just 22 in the UK. Many of the World's leading amateur talent see the American collegiate system has the best way to develop their sport whilst simultaneously earning a university degree.
To be considered for a FirstPoint USA Swimming Scholarship, you should be physically fit, have a high level of ability in Swimming; 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 participating, 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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