Volleyball is a very popular sport in the US, being played by about 46 million Americans. It is considered to be the most popular sport in the world after soccer, played by about 800 million people worldwide. The best young athletes from around the world enrol in US colleges and universities to compete. There is a great demand for talented international players, with squads of 10 + Volleyball players at each university. There are over 1,670 women's volleyball scholarship programs in the U.S and about 113 men's volleyball programs.
Volleyball is a highly competitive sport for obtaining a scholarship, with coaches looking for internationally experienced players. This means that the individual is more apt for the transition into collegiate, intercollegiate matches and then national competitions, if their volleyball scholarship application is deemed successful.
To date, we've sent over 35,000 young men and women to the US. Securing over £300 million in scholarship awards and finding a place for every single qualifying applicant.
Every year, thousands of student-athletes and their families come face-to-face with the difficult challenge of securing a scholarship to an American university. What they often discover is that navigating university options is stressful enough, and adding sports into the mix brings it to a whole new level.
Even for those who do a little recruiting homework, they are often left with more questions, very few simple answers and an uneasy feeling they are somehow falling behind.
At FirstPoint, we understand what you’re going through. Many of us have experienced first-hand what the scholarship recruiting experience is like—as players and as coaches. And that experience, combined with our advanced online technology, expansive college coach network and proven recruiting methods, helps thousands of student-athletes and their families take control of their recruiting experience.
Whether you are a first-year high school student or a national ranked athlete, FirstPoint helps take the stress of uncertainty out of your scholarship journey by putting a plan in place to help you find your best university options in the USA.
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What our Student-Athletes say about us
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I couldn't be happier with my experience working with Firstpoint USA. Having just graduated from university in South Carolina, I am so grateful for the life changing experience and opportunities that have been available to me as an NCAA DI student athlete. None of which would have been possible without the expertise and knowledge of the staff at Firstpoint USA. Would highly recommend FPUSA to anyone thinking about going to university in the USA
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Frequently Asked Questions
Not all colleges that are eligible to offer scholarships will choose to do so.
- NCAA Division I has 21 colleges offering 4.5 Scholarships per team
- NCAA Division II has 23 colleges offering 4.5 Scholarships per team
- NCAA Division III has 83 colleges with athletic scholarships unavailable
- NAIA has 32 colleges offering 8 Scholarships per team
- NJCAA (Junior College) has 15 colleges offering 9 Scholarships per team
Prime time to apply for a sports scholarship in the US would be following graduation from high school or just a couple of years after. There have also been cases of applicants dropping out of UK higher education to pursue their dream of undertaking a sports scholarship in America. Athletes may only compete in college leagues if they are between the ages of 18-24, but if you are older, then the NAIA is where you will be assigned. When saying this, coaches are often more inclined to spur interest in younger prospects as it gives them more time to work with the athletes for a longer set period. Thus, it is advised to apply for a scholarship as early as possible, giving the individual an optimum chance at maintaining the strongest performance, athletically and academically, to achieve a highly regarded degree to then move onto the opportunity of turning professional.
- Libero/Defensive Specialist
- 6’+ in NCAA DI
- 5’8″+ in NCAA DII
- 5’8″+ Yards in NCAA DIII / NAIA
- Middle Hitter
- 6’6″+ in NCAA DI
- 6’5″+ in NCAA DII
- 6’3″+ Yards in NCAA DIII / NAIA
- Outside Hitter/Right Side
- 6’4″+ in NCAA DI
- 6’3″+ in NCAA DII
- 6’1″+ Yards in NCAA DIII / NAIA
- 6’3″+ in NCAA DI
- 6’0″+ in NCAA DII
- 6’0″+ Yards in NCAA DIII / NAIA
- Club team experience at the national level
- Club team experience at the national/regional level.
- Club team experience.