The different types of athletic scholarships

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The different types of athletic scholarships

There are two categories of athletic scholarships in there NCAA. There are the headcount sports and the equivalency sports. The headcount sports mean that the athletes receive full scholarships in their sports. The equivalency sports means that the athletes can share their scholarships. There are only two sports in male athletic sports that are headcount sports; that's football and basketball. In female athletic competition, there are four headcount sports. They are basketball, volleyball, tennis, and gymnastics. I think these scholarships have implications for families because so many parents do put their children in junior athletics in the hope that their children will receive an athletic scholarship in the end. If their child is in an equivalency sport, that means all of that money is divided up among several athletes. Some students that are playing an equivalency sport, let's say, baseball, that has 11 scholarships. Those 11 scholarships are divided among all the baseball players on that team. Some students that are playing baseball are only receiving $2,000 or $3,000 in athletic scholarship money.
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Susan Eiges Hansen, president of Hansen College Strategies, is an Independent College Counselor based in Santa Monica, California. Since 2007, Sue has been committed to helping students both in California and throughout the United States navigate the college admissions process and develop optimal strategies for college placement. Sue began her practice working with student-athletes and experienced so many successful placements that she frequently received requests to work with all types of students. She has since expanded her practice and welcomes all students who are seeking knowledgeable and comprehensive college planning. Sue received her Bachelors degree from the University of Florida and Masters from California State University Northridge. She has her certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from the University of California at Irvine and stays up to date with trends in higher education by attending several college counseling conferences per year. Sue is a member of WACAC (Western Association for College Admission Counseling) and an Associate member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association). She is a frequent contributor to various higher education and college admissions websites as an author, panelist, and blogger and regularly presents seminars and talks for students and families about preparing for college. Prior to launching her college counseling career, Sue worked for twenty years at three major hospitals in the Los Angeles area as a program director, medical educator, and research librarian. Sue is the parent of two recent college graduates. Her older daughter graduated from the University of Virginia and her younger daughter from Stanford.

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