Scholarship Opportunities

NCAA scholarship opportunities do exist and many of the Mile High Rowing Club athletes have received either partial or full scholarships to major universities.  These scholarship opportunities are far more plentiful for the girls than the boys due to Title 9.  Parents need to keep in mind that just because you have a good rower does not necessarily mean that he/she will get a scholarship.  Many different factors come into play when college coaches are looking to fill the freshman slots on their teams. The good news is that Rowing offers the best chances (click here for the scholarship report) for a college scholarship than any other sport for both the girls and boys.

The factors that impact the viability of a rowing scholarship for your son or daughter revolve around the rower's performance at regional, district and national regattas as well as 2K erg scores.  Indoor regattas and the resulting erg scores are also a good measure of a rower's strength and many coaches look at 2k erg scores as a benchmark for potential rowing performance on the water. NCAA coaches will also look at physical stature of a rower's build.  While NCAA coaches tend to prefer tall rowers over short rowers, this decision criteria is often overlooked when regatta or erg scores are good.
Good grades are very important as part of the scholarship decisions that NCAA coaches make.    Most of the top universities for rowing tend to be tough schools to get into. The Ivy League schools are very competitive schools to get into and good grades are very important in addition to being a good rower.  Ivy League schools are also a bit different in terms of scholarship opportunities as these schools will provide financial assistance but only on an as-needed basis, which is determined by your family income.
Lastly, coaches will look for a rower who will fit into their system as well as their specific team dynamic.  Having good leadership skills and good character traits also play into a coach's decision.  In other words, being a good rower and a good person on and off the water will also determine how coaches make their decisions.