Football Scholarships are offered to students who exhibit good performance in football as well as meeting the academic requirements. Football is one of the most sought after games in many parts of America. Even universities and colleges do promote this sport to a great extent. Many state universities as well as private universities are known for their contribution to football. Being part of the college football team is also considered as an honor and a matter of pride. If you are in your college’s or high school’s football team then you are considered as a legacy for your school or college. But being awarded a college scholarship meant for football players is not so easy. In order to get a football scholarship one needs to impress scouts, coaches, and recruiters, they also need to impress the college admissions council with their GPA. Only a good combination of both academics and sports can help you in getting a scholarship offered by NCAA. 

So, if you are actually aiming for a football scholarship then make sure that you do well both in academics and in sports. Moreover, there are approximately 850 college football programs, and more than 80,000 college football players are playing football at the college level. There are 248 NCAA D1 FBS & FCS schools; 170 NCAA D2 schools, 244 NCAA D3 schools, 85 NAIA schools, 68 NJCAA schools and 69 CCCAA Schools.

Football scholarships are also divided into different divisions. If you are after a division 1 football scholarship, then you need not necessarily wait for the recruiters’ and coaches’ response. You have to be proactive to learn how to be scouted and recruited. 

Also read: Athletic Scholarships

Who can get a football scholarship?

Athletes have to meet both athletic and academic criteria in order to get college football scholarships. Athletes' criteria largely depend on the college one is applying to. Different coaches have different methods of determining which player is right for his roster. If you are not sure what a college coach is looking for then you can always check the roster or even send an email to the coach.

Though the eligibility criteria will be varying largely on the type of scholarship and the college one is applying for. Even then there are some criteria that are common in nature. 

The NCAA Eligibility Center has laid down specific requirements that athletes must meet to be eligible to compete at either the NCAA Division 1 or Division 2 levels. If you meet the eligibility criteria of Division 1 then you also are eligible for Division 2. So here are the criteria:

  • One must be a  graduate from high school.

  • They must complete 16 core courses and receive a minimum GPA of 2.3 in those courses. 

  • One should have completed 16 core courses with a minimum GPA of 2.3. The core courses include:

    • Four years of English; 

    • Three years of math (Algebra 1 or higher); 

    • Two years of natural or physical science;

    • Two years of social science;

    • One extra year of English, math or science; 

    • Four years of religion, philosophy, foreign language, or additional years of any of the categories above.

  • One needs to complete 10 of their 16 core courses before junior year of high school.

  • One must have taken the SAT or ACT test with a minimum score of 400 on SAT(in Math and Reading) and 37 on the ACT(Sum Score).

  • Their core course GPA combined with their SAT/ACT score must meet the minimum requirements as laid out by the NCAA Sliding Scale.

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March 01, 2020

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$1,000

Awards Available

1

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214-750-4222

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March 15, 2020

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$500

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April 01, 2020

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$500

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2

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April 01, 2020

Award Amount

$1,000

Awards Available

1

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845-452-3077

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April 01, 2020

Award Amount

$750

Awards Available

1

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845-452-3077

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April 01, 2020

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$2,000

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April 01, 2020

Award Amount

$1,000

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1

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March 15, 2020

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