Rugby scholarships in America are very much a College and University sport. There is a highly competitive and organised structure where your talent lets you represent your University with pride whilst studying towards an academic undergraduate qualification.
College rugby, is played throughout education institutions, all over the US. It has existed there since the early 1800s, but it wasn't until the 1960s when rugby really took off, insinuated at ﬁrst by the Catholic colleges, such as; Notre Dame, Boston College and St. Joseph’s. College rugby does not fall under the auspices ‘NCAA’ but rather ‘USA Rugby’ with the exception of ﬁfteen NCAA women’s programs. There are over 32,000 college players registered with USA Rugby and today, college rugby continues to grow in popularity and is considered one of the most rapidly expanding club sports across college campuses. College club rugby includes a national competition which began in 1980, where California has won the majority of titles, with other teams such as: Air Force and BYU also being victorious in multiple championships.
Rugby Scholarships: How does it work?
By earning a Rugby Scholarship, you obtain a financial package that goes towards your tuition fees, accommodation and any maintenance costs you may have.
Athletes supported by a sports scholarship are expected to study during their time at university. A USA rugby scholarship will help to provide you with a platform to future success whether you choose a course that enhances the skills needed for a professional sporting career or even choose a course from an entirely different field.
Athletes hoping to be considered for a Rugby Scholarship in the US must meet the University’s entry requirements and are expected to maintain a good standard throughout the duration of their course.
Training and playing regularly will let you develop your sporting ability whilst also studying towards internationally recognised academic qualifications of your choice
At Be Varsity we're able to place athletes in Rugby Scholarships across the United States and we will help you to complete the necessary entrance tests (both sporting and academic) and support you to make the right choice of university. We can also help with funding sources if you need them.
Rugby Scholarships: What level do I need to be at?
We’ve been helping potential rugby stars of the future gain places in rugby scholarships at American Universities for many years now. Our consultants will help you to understand how to apply, what tests you need to complete (academic and physical).
In order to get the most opportunities and receive the best scholarship offers, it’s important to keep practicing at football and to do as well as you possible can in your exams.
Coaches then look at the athlete and their potential within their university or college. With the training methods used by coaches, even moderately good athlete’s performances can be boosted. With the help of Be Varsity, recruitment coaches will look at the athlete’s videos, performances and will consult us regarding your ability.
Rugby Scholarships: Training Schedule
If you are successful in receiving your rugby scholarship, you will be expected to practice with your team for up to 3-5 hours daily, ﬁve days a week. Training includes drills, strength and conditioning exercises. For an international scholarship holder, training has said to be tough at times because of the physicality of the training and intensity of the conditioning, but don’t fear, we are sure you will acclimatise with no problems.
Rugby Scholarships: Apply Now
To find out more about the sports scholarship process, fill out our form and a Be Varsity consultant will be in touch to answer any questions you may have. Be Varsity helps thousands of students through this application process every year and we can also assist potential students and athletes will all aspects of studying in the USA, including preparing for campus life and budgeting for the cost of living. We will also help you to choose which University is best suited to your academic qualifications and your level of sporting ability.
When Should You Start the Process?
Ideally, prospective student-athletes will begin the scholarship process in the first half of their penultimate year of secondary school. In the second half of that year, they will then take the SAT or ACT exam for the first time (the exam may be retaken) and begin communication with university coaches. The most intensive time for scholarship recruiting in the USA is between July and December. Many coaches prefer processing and finalising commitments with recruits in those months during the students’ last year of secondary school.
What’s the Next Steps?
The concept of sports scholarship agencies is an American phenomenon given the selectivity and diversity of their universities – and in this case, their rugby programs. Our job comes down to providing insight on the process specific to programs, managing expectations, and helping families negotiate the process efficiently.
To work with us, prospective student-athletes or their parents would submit an initial application, which, after a conversation is followed-up by an interview between the student and one of our scholarship consultants. This is free of charge and we always seek to provide feedback to families after this process. If we believe the individual has a realistic opportunity to secure a scholarship, we will send a proposal offering the family the opportunity to sign with Be Varsity and commence the sports scholarship process.
Do You Need to Work with an Agency?
No. The scholarship process is one that is open for all to pursue and is free to undertake on your own. For some, the prospect of investing money in the services of a scholarship agency is not viable therefore we would always encourage families to research the process thoroughly and engage with American coaches and universities directly on their own. This is a route that many families will take each year with some success.