Your odds of receiving a fencing scholarship are relatively low compared to other college sports. You really need to be a nationally or internationally recognized fencer to stand any chance of being considered for a scholarship. You also need to know who to talk to about scheduling time with a college fencing coach.
Making a positive connection with a college coach is your best chance of beating out your competition. If a coach gets to know you, appreciates your work ethic and wants to see you succeed, they will be more likely to offer you a scholarship to help you achieve your dream.
How to get a fencing scholarship
Colleges and universities have high standards in regards to fencing. You need to be competing and winning as often as possible to live up to college coach’s expectations. There are also specific academic requirements in order to be eligible. Start researching the recruiting process, so you know what is involved.
Coaches give scholarships to fencers who stand out amongst the competition. You need to be a well-rounded athlete with good grades and the ability to market yourself as an asset.
Getting noticed by fencing coaches
The best way to get noticed by a fencing coach is to convince one to attend you match, then compete and of course win! The trick is being able to market yourself in a way that will make a college coach take time out of their busy schedule just to watch you.
Start with an introduction letter and then follow up with your sports resume. It helps to send a video of one of your matches, so the coach can see how you perform during a competitive match. You should also attend any fencing training camps or showcases, since potential coaches may already be there.
Improve your odds of earning a Fencing scholarship
If you want to have an advantage over other fencers, than you need to do more than just win. You need to demonstrate a commitment to fencing, excel in your studies and be successful at marketing yourself to potential recruiters and coaches.
Your attitude and your reputation are crucial to being considered for a scholarship by a college coach. It is necessary that you portray yourself as a professional and coachable. The more positive exposure you can get when you are competing, the better your chances of receiving a scholarship. If you are not sure how to gain the exposure yourself, then consult with a professional.
College Fencing Scholarship Availability
How many high school fencers are competing for scholarships?
There are 3,828 male and female high school fencers who are interested in the limited number of college positions.
How many fencers were in Division 1 in 2010-2011?
For both male and female athletes, there are only 746 fencers competing at a Division 1 college in 2010-2011. That is a slight decline from the 827 fencers that participated in 1990-1991.
How many Division 1 Fencing Scholarships are available?
There are 82 scholarships available for the 3,828 high school fencers.
What are you odds of receiving a scholarship in Division 1 if you make the team?
If you are fortunate enough to be one of 746 fencers who make a Division 1 team, then you have an 11% chance of receiving a scholarship.
How many fencers were in Division 2 in 2010-2011?
In 1990-1991 there were only 29 male and female fencers in Division 2. In 2010-2011 that number grew to 79 fencers.
How many Division 2 Fencing Scholarships are available?
There are only 9 scholarships available in Division 2 for the 3,828 potential fencers who may apply.
What are you odds of receiving a scholarship in Division 2 if you make the team?
If you are one of the lucky 79 fencers who gets the opportunity to play at the Division 2 college level then you will have over an 11% chance of also receiving a scholarship.
How many fencers were in Division 3 in 2010-2011?
In 1990-1991, there were 535 fencers participating in Division 3. In 2010-2011 the number of fencers dropped to only 435 fencers.
What are you odds of receiving a scholarship in Division 3 if you make the team?
There are no scholarships available for Division 3 fencers.