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A Warning For Parents Who Think A Sports Scholarship Actually Covers Colleg
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by Bob Cook, Forbes Magazine Contributor

Your child concentrated on one sport from an early age, you spent a lot of money to give him or her the best coaches and biggest advantages, and you did it — you beat the odds, and your child is one of the 2 percent of high school athletes that got an offer to play competitively at a college that offers athletic scholarships.

Guess what? You’re still paying big bucks to send your kid to college. NCAA rules, designed to spread talent more evenly across schools, limits scholarships for every sport, and except for a few sports (football, men’s and women’s basketball, notably), nobody gets a full ride from day one. Often they don’t even get that in year four.

And yet even though the information on scholarship limits is widely available, parents continue to find themselves shocked that the thousands upon thousands upon thousands of dollars they spent on sports isn’t making a big dent in their college costs — that is, if they’re even lucky enough for their child to have survived the youth sports process uninjured and mentally unscathed.

I would highly recommend any sports parent — especially those who have younger children, and who have designs on them having a sports career — read this great piece in by Brad Wolverton in The Chronicle of Higher Education called “The Myth of the Sports Scholarship.” The piece concentrates on Allison Goldblatt, an Annadale, Va., native who showed great promise in swimming at an early age, and has concentrated on that sport since age 7. Now it’s time for her hard work to be rewarded with a scholarship. Except…

NCAA institutions treat athletic aid as a kind of coupon off the cost of college, rewarding athletes with the most value — including football and basketball players, whose sports bring in the most money — with the best deals.

Division I college swim teams, [Allison's coach, Pete] Morgan told his swimmers, are allowed to give the equivalent of 14 scholarships for women and 9.9 for men. Most college teams have about 30 female and 30 male swimmers.

Coaches typically give the most money to the swimmers with the potential to score the most points for their teams. That means that a dozen or more swimmers, Mr. Morgan said, often aren’t getting any money.

On any given team, Mr. Morgan told his group, the spectrum of aid can be vast.

“From books to full is probably how I’d put it,” he said. And in Allison’s sport, there are far more athletes on book scholarships, which can amount to a few hundred dollars, than full scholarships.

Wolverton followed Allison and her family as they talked to top programs, negotiating what kind of money they could get, which didn’t come close to the cost of school, assuming schools would even commit to a number, or even remember who she was and where she was from. As any parent seeking any scholarship — academic or athletic — knows, the process is difficult and demoralizing. And I know: I have a son who is sophomore at Ohio University, and a daughter who is planning to start next year at the University of Iowa.

I encourage you to read Wolverton’s story not as a knock on Allison and her parents, but as a cautionary tale on spending now with the assumption that scholarship money will come later. As always, if your child loves a sport and wants to spend a lot of time on it, and it doesn’t create an issue in your family, then go for it. But if you’re having your kid concentrate on a sport just for a scholarship, don’t.

You might be surprised — your child could get a pretty good scholarship following his or her own interests, picking a school that fits his or her needs. And I know: my son at Ohio is on a full-ride Army ROTC scholarship, and my daughter at Iowa, planning to major in microbiology and public health, already got the maximum scholarship you can receive for getting accepted. Hey, it’s my blog! I can brag! But what they both have in common is their pursuits can with no pushing from me — that, in fact, I understand them so little it’s best I stay out of the way.

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Thanks Scope.. just wasted 2 'mins of my life reading that

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[quote=Anonymous]Thanks Scope.. just wasted 2 'mins of my life reading that [/quote


Why so negative..:.

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wasted 2 minutes of your life/
why would you say something so stupid?
the person who posted that article is doing a service. if you are in denial, that's on you.

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Actually a good read and a very cautionary tail for those going thru the process today. The 2 minute time waster likely either in denial or one of the ones whose daughter got the offer for books or low percentage, but turned that into a full ride by the time he hit the sidelines or first cocktail party after she committed.

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Originally Posted by Anonymous
Actually a good read and a very cautionary tail for those going thru the process today. The 2 minute time waster likely either in denial or one of the ones whose daughter got the offer for books or low percentage, but turned that into a full ride by the time he hit the sidelines or first cocktail party after she committed.


I totally doubt his/her kid got a full ride...while the "full" part is right, I would exchange the term, Full Ride to "Full of [lacrosse]"!!

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someone that stupid probably can't even read much less read it in 2 minutes. whatta tool.

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It took me 3 minutes

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Take from it what you will
IMO definitely worth the few minutes it took to read

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Originally Posted by Anonymous
Take from it what you will
IMO definitely worth the few minutes it took to read


Well, I would say it depends on the Athelete, my son is getting most of tuition paid at a big 10, he would not be able to attend without the Athletic money. The kids I know who are going to Ivies are also are making out huge if the family salary is low enough, (under 200k)

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My son will be getting 150k to play lacrosse at a school we would not be able to afford or be academically accepted too.
Do not really know why BTC would is writing this.

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My son will be getting 150k to play lacrosse at a school we would not be able to afford or be academically accepted too.
Do not really know why BTC would is writing this.


...and the name of that school is?

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Since Lacrosse scholarships are divided up, even though this is an anonymous forum, it is frowned upon to discuss in detail which school, which kid , etc. my son has been running in the elite circuit of HS players for a few years now, and I can assure you all that a few boys are getting nearly a full ride,. But most decent players gets out 25% which Is considered a good lacrosse scholarship . I'm talking strictly athletic money. The Ivies give big need based grants which can also work well.

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Anyone that gets .25 should be doing the happy dance. With rosters of 30-50 and with many programs not fully funded in using the allocated ncaa scholarship allotment there are many schools keeping teams and programs afloat with around 7 scholarships. Keep the grades up and hit the magic trigger scores on the sat and act. That is where most of the money is.

Everyone on this board thinks there kid is gods gift when in reality most are just good lacrosse players. Just because your club coach put you on the A team and blew smoke up your [lacrosse] doesn't mean a BS full ride is in your future. Throwing money at the sport does not equate to a big Scholarship offer. Good luck

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Originally Posted by Larry Miller
Originally Posted by Anonymous
My son will be getting 150k to play lacrosse at a school we would not be able to afford or be academically accepted too.
Do not really know why BTC would is writing this.


...and the name of that school is?


And he's is going to post that, and tell the entire lacrosse community his son's deal, because Larry from BOTC told him to? LOL. Plenty of money out there for the right kid at the right school. Just because the average kid isn't getting it, doesn't mean it isn't out there.

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