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Here are 3 simple tasks that should significantly improve your chances at a college scholarship:
Send one email a night to a college coach
Sending an email to someone you don’t know is uncomfortable. I understand that you don’t want to say the wrong thing or irritate a college coach. However, if you are polite, to-the-point and respectful, you won’t look desperate, be a pest, or be annoying. In reality, if you are a good fit for a program athletically and academically, then you are actually doing the coach a favor and they’ll be glad to hear from you.
Take five minutes right after dinner three nights a week and send one email to a college coach at a school you are really interested in attending. Make sure you proof it and make sure you express specific interest in the program, but reaching out to one college coach a night will go a long way toward finding a college scholarship.
Sign up for an SAT or ACT review course
Unless you already have a stellar standardized test score then signing up for a review course makes a lot of sense. And it might be the best decision you ever make to further both your athletic and academic careers. It’s only logical that the more schools you qualify for academically, the more options you will have athletically. An ACT or SAT review course might not be how you want to spend your Saturday mornings, but it’s a small sacrifice in the grand scheme of things.
Ask your coach to be involved
An endorsement from your current coach can go a long way toward landing a college scholarship. Your coach’s opinion about your abilities, work ethic and character will be important to every college coach. Ask your current coach for help, but don’t expect them to find your scholarship for you. That isn’t in their job description.