To aim for a scholarship or not to aim for a scholarship? That is the question.
And it may seem like a simple answer: why not encourage your child to pursue a college scholarship? If they get one, great, and if not, well . . . that’s okay too, right?
Scholarships at their best, are fantastic; they can show your athlete how hard they’ve worked, that they are valued at that school and as a member of the team, and can take some (or all!) of the financial burden of getting a higher education.
Scholarships at their worst, however, can make your athlete lose motivation or leave the sport before college even begins, not to mention a loss of self-worth depending on where they’re offered scholarships (and for how much).
So should you encourage your child to try to get an athletic scholarship for college?
Like much of life, there isn’t a right or wrong answer. Scholarships are neither good nor bad. Instead, it’s important to be informed and stay aware of the potential pitfalls that scholarships can bring, both in the pursuit of one and when an athlete has received one. With a healthy mindset for you and your athlete, scholarships can play an important and well-balanced role leading up to, and during, college.
Here are 4 points to keep in mind about pursuing athletic scholarships.