If running your passion and you plan on using it to fund your future education, then you need to educate yourself of the college recruiting process. There are athletic and academic requirements that you need to know about early on, so you don’t miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime.
College and university tuitions are always on the rise and most people cannot afford it in today’s economy. The competition for scholarships has become much more serious as the demands for college funding increases. That is why it is important that market yourself early, so coaches know you are out there.
How to get a Women`s Cross Country Scholarship
The first thing you need to stand any chance of a cross country scholarship is a fast 5km finishing time. If you’re not fastest in your high school, your odds of receiving a scholarship will significantly decrease. Once you reach a competitive speed and you know you deserve a scholarship, the rest is up to good marketing.
The competition for scholarships is tough and it all comes down to how you represent yourself. There are so many other women who want it just as badly as you, so you have to make sure you stand out as the obvious choice. Make sure you are promoting yourself as a hard working dedicated runner who can finish in first every race.
Getting Noticed by Women`s Cross Country Coaches
The first step to being considered by a coach is to introduce yourself and your abilities in a professional and memorable manner to every potential recruiter. Many cross country athletes will send out a formal introduction letter and attached to their athletic profile. Coaches have specific 5km and 10km finishing times that they expect to see and if your times are good enough, it should catch their attention.
Is your 5km time fast enough?
Another good idea is to include an invitation to your next event, so they know where they can watch you in action. Make sure that you are competing in as many competitive races as possible and push yourself so that you are finishing in first or second on every attempt. If you win a few local runs you may gain valuable media exposure that could also catch a coach’s attention.
Improve your odds of earning a Women`s Cross Country Scholarship
In order to improve your odds of earning a cross country scholarship you need to have a competitive edge. It helps to either be the fastest runner out there or to have a team of experts who can effectively market your abilities. College coaches are too busy to search for you, so it helps to have professionals on your team who can promote you in a way that will inspire coaches to watch you run.
Get good grades, work on improving your 5km time and make sure you are informing college coaches of your progress and any new accomplishments. It is your job to make sure that a coach knows all you have to offer unless you hire a professional to help you out.
College Women`s Cross Country Scholarship Availability
How many high school girls cross country runners am I competing against?
In 2010-2011 year there were 204, 653 high school cross country athletes.
How many cross country runners were in Division 1 in 2010-2011?
In 2010-2011 season there were 6,079 runners on 333 Division 1 cross country teams. That is almost double the athletes Division 1 had in 1990-1991 when there were only 280 teams and 3,259 competitors.
How many Division 1 Scholarships are available?
There are 5,994 Division scholarships available to the 204,653 high school cross country runners.
What are you odds of receiving a scholarship in Division 1 if you make the team?
Out of the 6,079 cross country runners who make it to the college level, a surprising 5,994 of them will receive a scholarship. Don’t miss your chance at these great odds by not building lasting relationships with college coaches.
How many cross country runners were in Division 2 in 2010-2011?
In 2010-2011, Division 2 had 283 teams and 3,430 cross country runners. That number has more than doubled from the 1,579 runners Division 2 had in 1990-1991.
How many Division 2 Scholarships are available?
Division 2 offers 3,276 women’s cross country scholarships for the over 200,000 high school girls cross country runners.
What are you odds of receiving a scholarship in Division 2 if you make the team?
There are 3,430 cross country runners at the college level and 3276 scholarships available. If you are good enough to be part of the 2% that get accepted onto the college team, then odds are you will receive some sort of funding for it.
How many cross country runners were in Division 3 in 2010-2011?
In 1990-1991, there were only 2,640 cross country runners in Division 3 compared to 5,810 division 3 competitors in 2010-2011.
How many Division 3 Scholarships are available?
Unfortunately, Division 3 colleges do not offer any scholarships, although some many have grants or merit awards available.
How many NAIA Women’s Cross Country Scholarships are available?
The NAIA has another 1060 scholarships to offer for female cross country athletes
How many Junior College Women’s Cross Country Scholarships are available?
The NJCAA has 5,610 scholarships that they can offer to any of the 204,653 who they plan on accepting at their colleges.