The Sports Scholarships Insider's Guide: Getting Money for College at Any Division


The #1 book on sports scholarships, completely updated and revised!

$1 billion of athletic scholarships are awarded each year

But student-athletes who aren't big-time recruits miss out on tens of thousands of dollars of financial aid available to them. The problem is students and parents don't know where ...

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The #1 book on sports scholarships, completely updated and revised!

$1 billion of athletic scholarships are awarded each year

But student-athletes who aren't big-time recruits miss out on tens of thousands of dollars of financial aid available to them. The problem is students and parents don't know where the money is or how to get it.

  • Discover the secrets to getting a sports scholarship
  • Over seventeen hundred colleges offer athletic programs.
  • Over 500,000 athletes participate in sports in the nation's college programs.
  • But less than 1% (about 4,000) of them get Division I, full-ride financial aid grants.

The truth is: 80% of all college athletic opportunities are located outside Division I!

But to seize those opportunities, you must take control of your own recruiting process—recruiting, research and homework, exposure and promotion, and negotiating—all in the environment of a high-stakes contest where only the opposition knows the rules.

This book will give you the edge.

If you aren't one of the 4,000, but are athletically and academically qualified to participate in college sports, The Sports Scholarships Insider's Guide will lead you step by step through the twists, turns, and all too often unpleasant surprises to achieve your ultimate goal of a roster position and financial aid for your athletic ability.

"Practical, step-by-step information in a clear and conversational manner."
School Library Journal

Dion Wheeler, former coach and recruiting consultant, gives students and their parents the inside edge to not only find great scholarships, but get the best offer no matter what their skill level.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402218842
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Edition description: Second
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 963,890
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Without athletics, Dion Wheeler would never have graduated from UW-La Crosse. Growing up in an institution for dependent boys, he was an average student in high school. But a young coach inspired him to both exploit his athletic ability and to take his education seriously, as they were the foundation upon which he would "prepare for the future." And so he did.

Education and athletics have been the motivators of his time. Despite a few interruptions to experience the business world, he has taught and coached at every level: grade school, high school, and college. He has been a presenter and instructor at business, athletic, recruiting, and education seminars and has occasionally been accused of being a motivational speaker.

In addition to his recruiting experience - 14 years at the high-school level and 11 years at the college level - he managed the recruitment of his two (now grown) children, who were both successfully recruited. One by a Division I state university, the other by a Division II private college. One was an All-American, the other's career was cut short by injury.

His ownership of a college prospect recruiting service was the experience where the final piece of the recruiting puzzle fit. There he exposed, and often negotiated for, academically and athletically qualified prospects to coaches of nearly every sport around the country. His unique grasp of the recruiting process from every angle has prepared him to write this powerful guide.

Dion is retired and lives with his wife, Dianne, in Plainfield, Illinois.

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Recruiting Myths

1. Division III schools don't offer financial aid for athletic ability.
This myth is shattered on page 129.

2. If a prospect is good, the coaches will find him or her.
This myth is shattered on page 7.

3. If a coach wants a prospect, a coach can get him/her enrolled even if he/she has poor grades.
This myth is shattered on page 35.

4. A prospect can trust everything the coach says and promises.
This myth is shattered on page 7.

5. A prospect can wait until his/her senior year to find financial aid based on athletic ability.
This myth is shattered on page 161.

6. Most athletic scholarships are "full-rides."
This myth is shattered on page 3.

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Table of Contents

Recruiting Myths

Chapter 1: Understanding the Recruiting Process
Chapter 2: Recruiting and Financial Aid
Chapter 3: Preparing for College and the Future
Chapter 4: Your Education and Athletics
Chapter 5: Academic Requirements
Chapter 6: Constructing the Profile
Chapter 7: The Cover Letter
Chapter 8: The Videotape
Chapter 9: Sending Credentials
Chapter 10: Organize, Organize, Organize
Chapter 11: Critical Documents
Chapter 12: Communication Activities
Chapter 13: The Visit
Chapter 14: Visit Questions
Chapter 15: Why Prospects and Families Get Hurt
Chapter 16: Awarding of Athletic Financial Aid
Chapter 17: Negotiating Guidelines
Chapter 18: Financial Aid Limits
Chapter 19: Solving the Division III Athletic Financial Aid Mystery
Chapter 20: Interdepartmental Communications
Chapter 21: Division III's Pleasant Surprise
Chapter 22: Negotiate, Negotiate, Negotiate
Chapter 23: The Ultimate Negotiating Weapon
Chapter 24: How Do I Contribute to My Future Success?
Chapter 25: Professional Help Wanted
Glossary of Recruiting Terms
Appendix 1: Additional Resources
Appendix 2: Institution Contact Information
Appendix 3: Women's Sports
Appendix 4: Men's Sports
Appendix 5: Mixed Sports

About the Author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2006

    It Worked!

    A friend¿s daughter who followed the recommendations for overcoming the Division III confusion & duplicity and successfully used the Ultimate Negotiating Weapon chapter recommended this book to us. Our daughter is a high school sophomore and wants to play ball in college. After reading the book, I know we will be prepared for every step of the recruiting process. Arlene B. Illinois

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    Posted January 11, 2006


    This book answered all my questions about my child as a recruited athlete. We even had an experience with a coach that the book predicted. It is worth its' weight in gold.

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