Before borrowing money to pay for school, consider other financial aid, like nonathletic scholarships, which do not have to be repaid.
Reserve Officers’ Training Corps [ROTC]
ROTC programs are available through the Army, Navy, Marine Corp and Air Force. Through an elective curriculum [taken in conjunction with required college courses], you learn military skills and leadership training, in and out of the classroom. In return, ROTC offers scholarships to help pay for tuition and other college related expenses. Scholarships are merit-based, so good grades are a must. After you graduate, you are obligated to serve active duty [durations are specific to each program]. Check out military.com/ROTC for more info.
Best Buy, Coca-Cola and Wal-Mart are among the various major corporations that offer generous scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors nationwide. A top athletic-related scholarship is the Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year Awards [SAMMYs]. Sponsored by the National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board, the SAMMY awards $7,500 to each senior student-athlete selected on the basis of their athletic excellence, academic achievement and community service. As part of the application, you are required to write a 250-word essay about how milk has helped you academically and athletically. Additional info is available on sammy.bodybymilk.com.
College scholarships are available from a plethora of private corporations, associations and other organizations. FastWeb is one of the best resources for finding out what is available from these sources. A quick search can generate dozens of wide-ranging, personalized scholarship matches, which can be specific to anything from your school and area of intended academic study to unique interests and hobbies. For example, the Evans Scholars Foundation offers scholarships for golf caddies who rank in the top 25 percent of their class. Check out fastweb.com for more info.