Friday Scholarship Guide

Summer Break in the Life of a Student Athlete

End of May and while some athletes still compete for a National Title on the NCAA D1 level, others have arrived at home by now. Reason enough to have a look at what happens in the life of student athletes after finals are in the books and the academic year is completed. This edition of the Friday Scholarship Guide will be all about the typical activities, student athletes spend their time on in the summer break, prior to eventually heading back to their dorm rooms.

April 26, 2018

Top 3 Reasons to Attend a Tennis Showcase

Should you or should you not attend a Tennis Showcase? Why is it a good idea to do so and are there any reasons which speak against it? Today's Smarthlete Friday Scholarship Guide will give you our Top 3 Reasons.

March 15, 2018

The Truth About Athletic Scholarships at College

Out of all collegiate athletes the share of people on a full-ride scholarship is very small. If you are in the position to be among these athletes consider yourself lucky or better put, you have done something the right way in the past. But praising those athletes, who are on a full-ride scholarship, is not what this edition of the Friday Scholarship Guide is about. Instead, we want you to understand that the recruiting process requires work and in order to do a good job, you need to know the dynamics of it a lot better.

February 22, 2018

5 Biggest Mistakes in the College Recruiting Process

No one said the recruiting process was going to be easy. For some recruits it's a walk in the park, but for the majority of people it simply is a massive amount of work. But listen up young athletes, here's the thing: you can make it even more difficult for yourself in case you don't pay attention to the 5 biggest mistakes athletes keep on making in their recruiting process. Learn from their mistakes in this edition of the Friday Scholarship Guide.

February 01, 2018

When to Get Recruited as an International - College Tennis

Very typically, the recruiting process starts later for international student athletes than is the case for their (North-)American peers. Understand the underlying reasons, identify how you can make sure you are on top of things at the right time and get in control of your future recruiting process!

January 11, 2018

When to Start The College Tennis Recruiting Process

Let's get this straight right from the start: No, you do not need to be quite as young as the kid on the image when you embark on your college tennis recruiting process. :) But you should think through very carefully what to focus on and when to start, as there are quite a number of collegiate coaches who like to be ahead of the crowd in their recruiting work.

December 21, 2017

Register With the Eligibility Center

Should you or should you not register with the Eligibility Center? If so, what Eligibility Center? And what are the implications of doing so?

December 07, 2017

Financial Aid For College Athletes

Going to college and earning an undergraduate degree is the dream of many kids. While the same is probably the case for their parents, the thought of paying for college can quickly cause severe nightmares. Today's Friday Scholarship Guide will be all about the different types of scholarship money and how athletes can tap into more than just athletic financial aid.

October 26, 2017

12 Point Checklist When Signing a NLI

November is just around the corner and there's only a few days left before the start of the Early Signing Period in college tennis. Today's Friday Scholarship Guide is about key things to look out for when signing the NLI!

September 22, 2017

College Tennis: What is Your Annual Budget?

One of the very early questions coaches will ask you is the following: "What's your budget?" Surprised? We understand many athletes are, but in fact you shouldn't be. Let's have a look at why coaches ask this question all the time and how you should best go about it in today's edition of the Friday Scholarship Guide.

June 29, 2017

When You Play College Tennis It's All About The Team

Stephanie Hirsch just graduated from the University of Indianapolis after having been part of the women's team for the last 4 years. She leaves with the best win percentage ever recorded by a Greyhound. We got the chance to speak with her just weeks after her return to Europe. Read our extensive interview about her experience as a college tennis player, what she will remember the most, and why she recommends young fellow tennis players to get an education at college and play for a team.

June 01, 2017

College Tennis at French Open 2017

Week 1 of the French Open 2017 is in the books and it's time to recap the achievements of former collegiate athletes on the clay courts of Paris. How have they been doing in the qualifying events, as well as in the main draws of singles and doubles events?

May 25, 2017

4 Key Tasks Before Contacting College Coaches

There are hundreds of college coaches out there who are looking for future student-athletes. While the majority of them have probably filled their rosters for the upcoming 2017-18 college tennis season, they are always on the lookout for the next badge of players to join in 2018 or 2019.
In this edition of the Friday Scholarship Guide, we give you our "4 Key Tasks Before Contacting College Coaches"!

May 14, 2017

5 Questions to Ask College Tennis Coaches Before Signing

Today's Friday Scholarship Guide is about how to fulfil the ultimate dream of yours: Having a great overall experience at the college of your choice. For most students it's all about their undergraduate degree, student life, and other extracurricular activities. But for student-athletes, a major deciding factor is the athletic part of college life: college tennis. Read about the key questions to ask college coaches to find out whether you would make a good match.

April 20, 2017

Academic Tests For International Tennis Prospects

If you're an American junior tennis player you are most of the times a student at high school and thus pretty well-informed about the way it works prior to enrolling at college. For Internationals this is a whole different story and very few if any are overly familiar with the academic test score requirements. Let's shed some light on SAT, ACT, TOEFL, and IELTS requirements and especially about when to take the tests in order to find an athletic scholarship on time in this edition of our Friday Scholarship Guide.