There are always sports scholarships available for the best of the best. But even if you are not a top athlete, there are other ways participation in sports can help you obtain a scholarship.
Participating can make you a well-rounded person. If you have other accomplishments and decent grades, involvement in sports shows that you are concerned about physical development as well. If you managed to get good grades, serve on committees, volunteer and do sports, you obviously have good time management skills, the ability to multitask and to handle many responsibilities. These are factors that indicate future success in college and demonstrate your maturity and dedication. If you were dedicated to succeeding in high school, you will probably continue to be that way in college. This is what admissions and scholarship committees are looking for.
Even if you were unsatisfied with your performance, if your team never won or if your season was cut short due to injury, you can turn these into positives. Writing college essays about these setbacks can distinguish you from other applicants. How you handle adversity and disappointment tells a lot about you. If you can talk about these experiences positively, focusing on what you gained from the experience, you can sway a college admission board or scholarship committee.
For example, a injury might make you ineligible for an athletic scholarship. But you may be able to turn it around and create a moving essay for a creative writing scholarship, sports medicine, or physical education scholarship. The key is not to broaden your scope, talk about what you have learned and let your passion for your sport shine through.
You will find that talking about your sport gives you a lot to say. As long as you use proper grammar and spelling, speaking from your heart about your sport can give you a competitive edge in applying for scholarships.