Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 3418 Athletes should meet with their high school counselor as early as possible to discuss eligibility requirements and to make sure they are taking the required high school courses. Athletic scholarships Sports is big business, and outstanding athletes are often offered large scholarships. To ensure that all athletes are prepared for college level work, the NCAA and NAIA have strict eligibility requirements that athletes must meet before they can receive a scholarship or play a sport in college. Basic NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA eligibility guidelines are outlined below. For more information, visit their websites. NCAA (over 1,000 member colleges) – Division I and Division II colleges can offerathleticscholarships;DivisionIIIcolleges(mostlysmaller,privatecolleges) cannot. DivisionIIIathletesdonotneedtomeetNCAAacademicrequirements. Athletes going to Division I and II colleges must have a minimum GPA in a specified number of core courses. They must also have the required ACT or SAT score. ACT/SAT requirements for Division I eligibility are based on a sliding scale. The higher the core GPA, the lower the test score required. Athletes should take the ACT and/or SAT by the spring of their junior year. If they need to raise their scores, they’ll then have time to retake these tests in the fall of their senior year. Athletes must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to initiate the eligibility process. This should be done at the beginning of an athlete’s junior year. NAIA(approximately300membercolleges)–NAIAcollegescanawardfullor partialscholarships.Toplayasportorreceiveanathleticscholarship,anathlete must meet two of the following three requirements:1) have the required ACT or SAT score; 2) have an overall 2.0 GPA; 3) graduate in the top half of his/her class. NJCAA (over 500 member colleges) – Division I and Division II colleges can offer scholarships; Division III colleges cannot.There are no academic eligibil- ity requirements for high school graduates entering junior and community colleges.