Water Polo Scholarships

At some colleges and universities, water polo is only a club sport; at others it is a competitive, division one sport. In either case, it takes strength and endurance to be one of the best. To be offered a scholarship to play at the collegiate level, you must be one of the best in the nation. Full scholarships are hard to come by, and most who get these scholarships are All Conference and All State champions.

Most of the time in this area, the coach is the one who decides who gets which scholarships are awarded. Some focus on giving partial scholarships to create a well-rounded team, others focus on giving full scholarships to a few players in order to get the best recruits.


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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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I asked a few people on who to contact to help me with getting through to a scholar in USA, everyone mentioned First point USA! They were really helpful and cared from the start as I had a zoom meeting, not just caring but were really honest and thorough with what they do. I mainly spoke to Craig at first point... top bloke! He helped me with specific requests on where I wanted to go in America and within a matter of weeks I was where I wanted to be. Would recommend First Point USA to anyone trying to get a scholarship in America.

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Men's Water polo Scholarships

The NCAA, is the governing body for all collegiate sports, including water polo. There are other sports programs that are members of the NAIA, but water polo is not one of the represented programs.

The NCAA has hundreds of member institutions that offer both Men’s and Women’s water polo programs at the Division I and smaller Division II levels. There are 21 Division I and 9 Division II water polo teams. Most of the schools that participate in DI water polo are in California. Not surprisingly, these schools dominate the sport. Here are the colleges that are consistently the best in water polo:

NCAA Men's Water polo Scholarships

  • University of Southern California(USC) is a five-peat champion in water polo with over 14 conference championships. They recruit the best and most dedicated players from all over the country. Because they are a proven water polo school, they dedicate funds to providing their players with generous scholarships.
  • The Men’s Water Polo team at Stanford Universityis another great competitor in the sport. They are one of the leading scholarship providers both academically and athletically. Their Buck/ Cardinal Club is supported by a vast number of alumni who provide generous scholarships to athletes attending Stanford. By providing millions of dollars in support, they can recruit the best players for water polo and other sports both nationally and internationally.
  • University of California- San Diego is one of the top water polo teams in the D2 level. Unlike USC and Stanford, they don’t offer many athletic scholarships for their athletes. To counter this, they offer unrivalled academic scholarships to attract both talented and intelligent players. As it turns out, the most intelligent players usually learn how to develop their skills and end up becoming some of the best water polo players. In fact, because UCSD encourages academic excellences, their players usually have an easy time finding careers outside of college.

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