Rowing at a top-level is a very physically demanding sport. Rowing is a difficult sport. Balancing an oar taller than you are against the weight of 7 other oars to keep a relatively narrow hard plastic shell on even keel while at the same time trying to turn it slowly in your hand while controlling your body's weight so as to slowly maneuver up to the catch, followed by ferociously wrenching with your whole body as the oar locks into place while simultaneously being completely synchronized with your crew bodily and mentally. These sorts of skills are not easily learned, and take years of practice to perfect. But once you know-how.

There is the smooth glassy feel of the water in the morning, the one clunk as every oar is feathered at the same time. There is the exhilarating feeling of watching your opponent try to beat you, them unable to see you. The fact of how much you trust your boat-mates to stay stable in a blow for blow race. The endless hours spent perfecting form and strength. Physically, your legs and back will become stronger and your stamina will go through the roof.

So, pretty much a lifetime sport. From grade school through advanced old age there are rowing clubs and competition events available.

  • There is U19 (under 19) racing for the best young rowers.

  • There is U23 (under 23) for the best collegiate rowers.

  • Senior rowing is for the best rowers of any age.

  • Masters rowing is for rowers 27 and older (up through 90+).

Also, there is Division I, II, and III, rowing depending on the size of the school. There are college scholarships available for the best rowers.

Procedures To Get Rowing Scholarships?

  • Do research of various colleges which offer college rowing programs along with the area of study for your desired educational ‘major.’

  • Search the website of the rowing program and fill out the ‘Recruiting Questionnaire.’

  • You can directly introduce yourself to the college rowing coach via an introductory email after a few weeks of filling out the recruiting questionnaire.

  • You can include your 2k ERG Score as a high school or club rower

  • Rowing coaches also consider athletes from other sports, particularly endurance sports. You must include information regarding your athletic abilities if you didn’t have a rowing team in your high school.

To Get A Rowing Scholarship, How Good Do You Need to Be?

Generally ERG is used by various coaches to get an idea of an athlete’s capabilities and it is not the only measure of a rower. There are many other coaches who recruit a candidate based on their academic history combined with the athletic. A good rower needs to have a lot of strength and stamina, good balance, and timing. Other college sports need experience to join a team in college, but in rowing, you don’t need any experience to join a Rowing team in college. You can be part of a team as a beginner, as long as you are willing to put in the hard work and the time.

NCAA: Women’s Rowing Scholarships

As a woman if you want to pursue the sport at the collegiate level, the benefit is in your favor when it comes to being offered college rowing scholarships. As women’s rowing is a sanctioned NCAA sport. It is one of the major reasons for a woman to pursue the sport at the collegiate level. Women’s rowing is also an NCAA ‘equivalency’ sport. This means that partial to full women’s athletic scholarships are available for them. 

NCAA Division I

  • Women’s Scholarships: 20

  • Women’s Teams: 88

  • Average Team Size: 47

NCAA Division II

  • Women’s Scholarships: 20

  • Women’s Teams: 16

  • Average Team Size: 26

NCAA Division III

  • Women’s Scholarships: Null

  • Women’s Teams: 41

  • Average Team Size: 26

NCAA- Men’s Rowing Sports

Collegiate men’s rowing competitions are governed by the Intercollegiate Rowing Association. NCAA isn’t sanctioned men’s rowing as a sport. American Collegiate Rowing Association governed the college men’s rowing program as a club sport. The ACRA was formed after the IRA eliminated club rowing teams from competing for the IRA Championship.

Men’s Rowing Scholarships

There is a very few number of colleges or universities that offer men’s rowing scholarships. Men’s college rowing scholarships are limited as compared to women’s college rowing scholarships. The actual total of men’s rowing scholarships nationwide would not match the total number of women’s rowing scholarships within some major college conferences. Some of the major Division-1 universities such as Boston University, Stanford University, Northeastern University, and the University of California which offer men’s rowing scholarships. Ivy League schools such as Harvard and Princeton do not offer men’s rowing scholarships, but there are financial assistance grants available if you qualify for these.

Example of College Scholarship

Mike Lozano Scholarship

  • Amount: $2,500

  • Deadline: February 10, 2021

  • Scholarship Description: The Mike Lozano Scholarship is given annually to a graduating high school senior athlete from the northernmost 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle. A minimum 2.0 GPA is required and students must be interested in pursuing a degree in education and/or coaching for the purpose of teaching and coaching at the high school level upon graduation from college. 

However, there are a number of scholarships available for women rowers as compared to men rowers. This doesn’t mean that there is no scholarship for men rowers. But yes as compared to women, it’s less. There are several college scholarships available for you. You just need to search for the better one for you as per the choice of your college or university.

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