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July 24, 2012


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NCSA Athletic Recruiting

The Perks of Playing Division II

Student-athletes serious about completing a college education should look to Division II schools for more scholarship opportunities. Whether you've been actively recruited or you're pursuing athletic scholarships with our help, keep an open mind to save money.

Successful high school athletes might dream of lavish recruiting gifts and full ride scholarships with everything from textbooks to living expenses covered, but reality is seldom so plush. Division I schools are great for athletes looking to maintain a high profile and perhaps go pro, but the competition for scholarship money is fierce.

As these eager young individuals are filling out applications and personal statements for college they tout their athletic prowess as well as their academic successes to catch the college's attention. These students are in a unique position when they are applying to an NCAA Division II school. They have the athletic talent to offer a competitive attitude in intercollegiate sports, but they do not have to compete with other athletic students who are looking toward entering a Division I college to achieve their professional career in sports.

According to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), over $2 billion in scholarship funds are available to go toward athletic students. Only Division I and Division II members hand out athletic scholarships. With over 126,000 students competing for these scholarships, students should be aware of how the scholarship funds are allotted toward individual sports at the colleges in which they are interested. Find out if you qualify -- CLICK HERE

NCAA scholarships are available to 30 different men's and women's sports, although individual colleges will decide which sports to have and the number of scholarships to offer. Coaches may offer full scholarships to the number of players on the team, or partial scholarships with determined amounts to as many high profile team athletes as they can, according to beRecruited.com.

About NCSA:

NCSA Athletic Recruiting changes lives by building leaders through sports and connecting four key communities involved in the college athletic recruitment process: qualified high school student-athletes and their families, high school coaches and athletic directors, college coaches, and professional partners such as the NFLPA, ESPN, and more. NCSA is the leading collegiate recruiting source for more than 200,000 student-athletes and 35,000 college coaches across the country. By taking advantage of this extensive network, more than 90% of NCSA Athletic Recruiting-verified athletes go on to play at the collegiate level. In addition, NCSA educates over 4 million athletes and their parents about the recruiting process each year through educational resources on its website, www.ncsasports.org, presentations of the critically acclaimed seminar "College Recruiting Simplified," and the book from NCSA Athletic Recruiting, "Athletes Wanted."