Fencing is a complicated sport. Those who are smart and have fast reactions tend to be good at fencing. Most people say fencing is like a physical chess game, and it is true. You need to out-smart and out-maneuver your opponent. 

One would need a mix of different skill sets to be truly good at fencing. You need to be quick and agile in motions that are very far from natural. One of the few advantages a person can have at the beginning is being tall which most certainly helps with reach. But athleticism is not all. 

You must also be able to concoct strategies and make new ones based on the skill set of your opponent. You also need to have a trained mind. There are various styles in fencing such as Epee, Foil, Sabre, etc. that also has specific strategies and terminology that make each of them different. An excellent place to start is the United States Fencing Association. USFA has affiliated clubs which tend to have more highly-trained staff, but also tend to be more expensive. Yes, fencing costs money in most cases. 

Collegiate fencing has existed for a long time, with some of the first university teams coming from the prestigious Ivy League. Fencing scholarship can be very rewarding but it takes some strategizing, persistence, and skill, to get the scholarship. When it comes to funding the college scholarship it is important that the more particular your passion or sport, the better chance you will have of receiving award money targeted towards that particular talent from a relevant benefactor. 

Though not all schools offer it, some universities like Columbia, Penn State, Princeton, Notre Dame, Harvard St. John's, and Penn have highly prestigious programs and offer generous financial aid and college scholarships to well-qualified fencers. As the sport grows in popularity in the United States, so will competition for scholarships. So if you’re at all serious about fencing and your skill level is high, the sport could be something that not only gets you a good amount of scholarship money but lands you at a top university because of your unique skill.

About National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

The NCAA sponsors 34 men’s Division I and II combined varsity fencing teams, as well as 43 Div I and II combined women’s fencing teams. The break down of the NCAA scholarship limits for varsity fencing teams are as follows:

  • Div I Women’s teams may offer 5 scholarships.

  • Div I Men’s teams may offer 4.5 scholarships.

  • Div II Women’s and Men’s fencing teams may offer 4.5 scholarships each.

(Division I schools refer to the one who has the biggest student bodies, the largest athletic budgets, and the most athletic scholarships. And, Division II schools have the medium student bodies, the medium athletics budgets, and the high scholarships compared to Division III).

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