Ep. 60 Academics + Athletics = Admissions, A Scholarship Success Story in Athletic Recruiting

athletic recruiting

Athletic Recruiting Success Story

Scholarship success can be different for everyone, especially with athletic recruiting thrown in the mix.

YOUR path to finding money to pay for college can also involve full or partial athletic scholarships.

In today’s episode, we talk with Mr. Terrence Powell who tells the story of his journey with his son and the athletic recruiting process.  How you navigate college athletics along with also exploring merit scholarships is fascinating to listen to.  Make sure you listen all the way to the end.

“If you are not a top tier athlete, colleges are not looking for you.  Get on their radar!”

He gives his best tips looking back on his journey to help other parents:

  1. START EARLY (like when they are HS Freshman!)
  2. Consider additional personal training outside the high school environment.
  3. Have your child complete a Student Athlete Prospect Profile at each school they are interested in.
  4. Do your research on Merit Aid/Scholarships that each school offers. This will help if a particular coach does not want to give a full scholarship.  You can use this as leverage.
  5. Visit more schools ahead of time to see what type of environment appeals to your child.
  6. Explore other scholarships outside the school to fill the gap.

Links mentioned in this episode:

StoneHill College


(sample) Charles Lovett Profile on Hudl

Other related episodes for the student athlete:

Ep. 51 Top 5 tips for the Student Athlete

Ep. 34 Scholarships for First Generation Students & Athletes

Ep. 19 Creating College Lists for the Home-Schooled Student Athlete

Ep. 34 Scholarships for First Generation Students & Athletes

Scholarships for First Gen

Athletes and First Generation Students

This episode of the podcast is a roundtable of scholarships for first generation students and also athletes of various sports. We give you information about 5-6 scholarships for each category.  Some deadlines were not available but click not the link in the show notes below to get more information.


  1. Sallie Mae Fund First In Family Scholarship – Sponsored by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. They award $500-$5000 each year to students who demonstrate financial need and have a 3.0 GPA.  DEADLINE March 30, 2016
  2. Mercedes Benz “Drive Your Future” Scholarship – Company awards 100 students $10,000 ($2500/year) for first generation students with financial need. Check their website in the fall of each year for application information.
  3. Coca Cola First Generation Scholarship Program – This is for students intending on going to the University of Georgia. This is a renewable $5000/year scholarship for students.
  4. Farash Foundation First in Family Scholarships – Tuition assistance is awarded to students attending colleges and institutions in Monroe & Ontario Counties in New York.  They also require you to work within a nonprofit organization during school. Students receive FULL RIDE scholarships for up to five years. Check their website for more information.
  5. High Point University Say Yes & First Generation Scholarships – They award $5000/year for four years to residents of Guilford County in North Carolina that attend the university. DEADLINE February 15, 2016.
  6. Catawba College Scholarship is no longer available as of this posting. 
  7. Culinary Institute of America – They offer various scholarships for students interested in food writing, food preparation business etc… They award $5000- $10000, various grants and merit awards.


Athlete Scholarships

  1. Women’s Western Golf Foundation Scholarship They award $2000/year. Applicant must be a female high school senior who participates in golf. DEADLINE March 1.
  2. GCSAA Scholars Competition – They award up to $6000 to students enrolled in a recognized undergraduate program in a major field related to turf management. DEADLINE June 1, 2016
  3. Swim with Mike Physically Challenged Athletes Scholarship – This is open to athletes who participated in competitive youth, high school or college athletics and subsequently sustained a life changing accident or illness (e.g. paralysis, blindness, cancer, amputation, head injuries). DEADLINE May 1, 2016
  4. Athnet Sports Recruiting Scholarship – this is open to high school seniors or current college students who are current or former athletes. They award $1000 and DEADLINE June 1, 2016
  5. The Gene and John Athletic Fund Scholarship – this scholarship is open to LGBTQ athletes looking to continue their education and LGBTQ students pursuing a sports career. The award is up to $5000 and DEADLINE September 10, 2016