Many men’s and women’s high school volleyball players dream of someday playing for a university. And for many a college volleyball scholarship is an integral part of this dream. A volleyball scholarship is, after all, an ideal way to get your education paid for while playing a sport you love.
Unfortunately, there is not an abundance of scholarships out there waiting go be grabbed: college volleyball, like all collegiate sports, is a competitive industry with far more candidates than scholarships or positions. This leaves many players wondering about their odds: exactly how many volleyball scholarships are available each year?
The amount of volleyball scholarships available varies from division to division, as well as gender to gender. The completeness of the scholarship can also vary: there are both full and partial scholarships available. Here’s a basic breakdown:
NCAA Division 1, Division II, and Division III for Women’s College Volleyball
College volleyball scholarships are available for women in the first two divisions. Division I offers twelve full ride scholarships per team. You can figure out the exact number by multiplying twelve by the number of Division 1 volleyball teams. Per the NCAA regulations, these scholarships must be delivered in full to each athlete. In other words, one full scholarships can not be divided into partials and awarded to several different players.
A volleyball scholarship from Division II differs slightly. In Division II, eight full ride scholarships are available per team. Unlike Division I, the NCAA rules allow Division II scholarships to be broken up into partials and divided among many players. The way each volleyball scholarship is divvied up is the coaches decision. Depending on this division (i.e., whether a scholarship is divided into halves or thirds) dictates the amount available on any given year.
Technically, there are no Division III athletic scholarships available for volleyball players. Still, students hoping to play for a Division III school are eligible for both financial aid and academic scholarships.
NCAA Division 1, Division II, and Division III for Men’s College Volleyball
Each Division I and Division II school gets four and a half volleyball scholarships per team. Each of these scholarships can be divvied up and awarded to athletes per the coach’s desire. The coaches’ decisions control the amount of scholarships available on any given year.
Just as with women-s volleyball, there are no Division III athletic scholarships available for volleyball. Still, students hoping to play for a Division III school are eligible for both financial AID and academic scholarships.
In a sport as competitive as volleyball it’s advisable for student athletes to focus on their academics as well as their athleticism so that they have the best chance of being eligible for both athletic and academic scholarships.