In the scholarship process, two main groups are actively involved: the athletes family and college coach. Each has a specific role to play, and they all have to work together to reach their goals. College coaches are searching for quality athletes to fill open roster spots. Meanwhile, student-athletes are looking to commit to a university that matches their academic, athletic and financial fit criteria.
The FirstPoint USA scholarship service brings all of these individuals together. We provide the tools and support each group needs, while giving them an easy way to connect with each other. The expertise of our people work hand-in-hand to help families and college coaches be successful in their roles and make the recruiting process a little easier for everyone.
Our staff of 70+ former college athletes and coaches have been through the recruiting process countless times and use this experience for the benefit of recruits and coaches. Our Talent Management staff personally guide families through their unique recruiting journey, giving them specific advice based what the athlete is looking for in a school.
- Setting Family-Wide University Goals
It’s important we hear from you the goals you’ve set as a student-athlete. For many families, this is often the first time they’ve sat down together to discuss what kind of university experience they envision. This is a great starting point and allows us to set expectations and start to make recommendations and build an individual plan.
- Review and Plan for Academic Eligibility
Academics are an essential part of every recruiting effort. We’ll go through NCAA, NAIA, & NJCAA core academic requirements, convert your grades into a Grade Point Average (GPA), discuss your academic results, and look at ACT and SAT testing to recommend a plan of action to maximize your academic standing.
- Create your FirstPoint Digital Profile
We will build your online profile together. This is how you can quickly get exposure to college coaches who are actively scouting for talent. Your profile will feature basic physical specs, key stats for your sport, academic info, a personal statement, and also your highlight and skills videos.
- Compile Video Highlights
Just about every sport will require video highlights or basic skills so coaches can get a good sense of your athleticism. You can easily upload your digital profile and we can help by providing feedback and tips for any videos you wish to post.
- Targeting to Determine Best University Match
A dedicated member of our Talent Management Team will oversee your entire scholarship journey, from your first days, right through until your graduation from university four years later. As a scholarship expert in your sport, they will evaluate your sporting and academic background to determine both the academic pedigree and athletic level of university to target and secure scholarship opportunities from on your behalf.
- Connecting with College Coaches
Our convenient message centre lets you easily track and organize all of your college coach emails. It’s easy to see what’s been sent and the responses you’ve received. Of course, we’ll provide all the communications training you need, including one on one coaching sessions.
- SAT Test Preparation
Better test scores can help create more university options and potentially more merit-based scholarships. For that reason, SAT Test Tuition is available to all FirstPoint student-athletes, including practice tests, testing strategies, and general guidance and advice.
- Preparing for University Visits
You only get to make a first impression once, and we’ll make sure you’re prepared for both official and unofficial visits. Through one-to-one coaching sessions from your Talent Management Consultant, we’ll tell you what to do and, more importantly, what not do during these visits.
- University Application, Planning and Student Visa Guidance
Student-athletes, like all potential college freshmen, need to be well-versed in the college application process and know how to get the most from financial aid. We’ll provide guidance with the The Common Application as well as how and when to complete your financial aid and student visa application.
- Evaluate and Leverage Scholarship Offers
If all things go according to plan, there may be more than one scholarship offer to consider. We will help guide and inform your decisions, assist to leverage offers, and figure out how and when to turn a verbal offer into a written commitment.
- Pastoral Support
From the moment our student-athletes arrive in the US, and from their first day of class until their last, FirstPoint will provide pastoral support for all right through until their graduation. Any questions, issues, or concerns can be addressed by our dedicated team who are only a call, text, or email away.
Every student-athlete’s scholarship journey is truly different, but, with FirstPoint, you will have access to the right people, the right expertise and the right network to help your family make one of the most important life decisions.