The following is information I found online about women’s college volleyball scholarships (but don’t hold me accountable).
A recent NCAA campaign states,
“There are over 380,000 student athletes, and most go pro in something other than sports.”
Recognize your child’s long-term goals and expectations of a university. Be sure it fulfills academic needs, a comfort in the size and location, and be realistic of her volleyball potential. Playing volleyball in college is an incredible opportunity that will provide discipline, lessons, and friendships for a lifetime.
Universities offering Women’s Volleyball:
Division I volleyball programs can offer 12 full scholarships (not all D-I schools have funding for 12 scholarships). Division II volleyball programs can offer 8 scholarships (not all full scholarships). Division III does not offer athletic scholarships but offers flexibility in academic scholarships for athletes. NAIA can offer 12 full scholarships, and Junior Colleges vary drastically.
An estimate of the total number of scholarships offered by all universities in a single year:
|Division III||(academic only)|
Total 2,250 scholarships available each year
The 2008 – 2009 Junior Olympic Club and High School season has roughly 500,000 volleyball players ranging from 10 to 18 years old. Approximately, 70,000 will be graduating Seniors. This means 3% or 2,250 of all graduating Seniors will receive some type of scholarship.
The purpose is not to discourage, but to provide facts. Be realistic of your child’s abilities and the appropriate level she can play. If your child wants to play collegiate volleyball, all universities accept walk-on (non-scholarship) athletes. Be sure to discuss this option with the coach and many times if your child exceeds the coach’s expectations as a walk-on in her first season, she may receive a scholarship the following season.
The true fact is your child should be playing for the love of the game and a scholarship is a byproduct of her passion. There is a university for your child to play.