Score with Hockey Scholarships
Students who hope to earn a hockey scholarship may find that they have a more difficult time than those in more visible sports like football and basketball. Not all colleges and universities have hockey teams or offer scholarships for the sport, and those that do often have very high competition for available funds. If you are hoping to get a hockey scholarship, do not limit yourself to college scholarships. Instead, look for club programs and/or private scholarships to help pay for your education. If you belong to a local hockey league or organization, you may be able to get help from these groups to pay for your degree. As a bonus, these groups often base decisions less on talent than those through colleges and may award funds simply on the fact that you have participated in the sport. Here are some potential opportunities for landing hockey scholarships:
AAHA Lou Manzione Scholarship
In order to be eligible for these hockey scholarships, students must be USA Hockey registered high school seniors. Recipients will be selected based on academic achievement, recommendation from coaches, essay scores, extracurricular activities, and teacher evaluations. In order to apply, students must submit an official application along with the teachers and coaches recommendations by May 15. Recipients will be notified June 1 and must respond with a written acceptance by June 15. Before funds will be distributed, students must provide a letter of acceptance to an accredited college or university. Interested students can get an application and scholarship details at www.atlantic-district.org.
Pittsburgh Penguins Alumni Association Scholarship
Every year, the Pittsburgh Penguins make scholarships available through their official website and through high schools that participate in the program. There are three scholarships available: the Inner-City Scholarship, the Bob Johnson Memorial Scholarship, and the Penguins Alumni Association Scholarship. To be eligible for any of the scholarships, students must have at least a 3.2 GPA. The Inner-City Scholarship is offered in partnership with Pittsburgh Public Schools and provides $1,500 to inner-city graduating seniors based on community service, extracurricular activities, and academic achievement. The Bob Johnson Memorial Scholarship provides $5,000 to a Western Pennsylvania graduating high school senior who demonstrates excellence in academics, leadership, community service, sportsmanship, and positive attitude. Finally, the Penguins Alumni Association Scholarship provides $2,000 to a high school senior at a Western Pennsylvania high school who has shown exemplary academic achievement, citizenship, and love for the sport of hockey. Penguins scholarship applications and full program information is available at the official Penguins website.
Hockey scholarships may be rarer than many other athletic scholarships, but they are out there for those determined to find college funding. The best course of action or a hockey player who is headed to college is to start searching for available funding as early as possible and to apply to as many scholarships as possible. It is also a good idea to build a set of leadership and community service activities to give yourself the best odds of edging ahead of the competition.