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How to avoid losing 48k in scholarship money in 30 seconds
As a dad of a first-year college student and two more on their way up, I was really interested to hear what two friends of mine had to say about getting athletic and academic scholarship money. And naturally, I want to pass on to my SavingsAngel fans how you can help your kids earn extra scholarship money!
Jeremie Piette and Jordan Schanda agree that families who go about it right are the ones whose kids get scholarship money. As you already know, college sports is a business. Coaches are not handing out scholarship money like candy. Both Jeremie and Schanda are passionate about helping families. One way is by helping families like yours and mine save money. Before going any further, I should tell you just a little bit about these two.
Jeremie is a former professional and collegiate soccer player. He has helped hundreds of athletes get to college level play and get scholarships their freshman year of college. He is the founder and owner of GFT Skills (Global Futbol Training).
Jordan is a current college-prep consultant and a university employee. She founded ScholarPrep to help students achieve financial freedom and reduce the stress of the college application process. She and Jeremie partnered to help bridge the gap between scholarships and sports.
You might be thinking, my kids don’t play sports so this isn’t going to help us. You don’t need to have an athlete in the family to benefit from what is being shared here. Remember, we’re talking about both athletic and academic scholarships. Plus, you also get an opportunity to join in a FREE one-hour webinar that will help you and your kids even more.
Check out these quick stats on high school players who go NCAA
- 3% of High School basketball players play NCAA
- 6% of High School football players play NCAA
- Other sports range between 3-6% and of these who go, only 2% receive full rides.
Out of those who are trying to play college sports, the majority don’t know the process. 30% of adults between ages 18-32 still live with their parents. One reason is that they couldn’t afford college. College is expensive which is why Jeremie and Jordan help so many families learn and know the process.
Athletic vs. Academic
Soccer has over 1500 college soccer programs for both boys and girls – and this is JUST for soccer! D1, D2, D3, NAIA and Junior College are all different in terms of who can give athletic money. Baseball had 294 Division 1 Programs competing last year. But there is lots of academic money floating around waiting to be had.
As early as 7th grade both Jeremie and Jordan advise players start researching and learning about different schools. Each year it changes for every sport, but there are a ton of schools that don’t know who your kids are and you don’t know who they are and what great opportunities are out there. Doing some research will help motivate you as parents and your kids alike.
You may think as I did, 7th grade? Exploring college that young? However, these ages are getting even younger all the time. Have you read the recent press releases on NCAA recruiting rule changes, the Hawaii 5th grader or the Florida offer to a 13-year-old boy?
More about Jordan and ScholarPrep
ScholarPrep has helped tons of families earn academic scholarships. Jordan, not only has the knowledge but the personal experience to help others earn big money. She herself earned over $50k in scholarships and an extra $25k just because she knew that an additional 3 points on her SAT would make a money difference. Resumes are also vital for students to get right and GFT and ScholarPrep help with the content and flow of those resumes.
How to avoid losing 48k in scholarship money in 30 seconds
Your brand could change your life. Your brand is what others think of when your name is mentioned, not what you think it is. If you are playing strong, being professional on and off the field or court you’ll have a strong brand. But that’s not where your brand ends. You also have to be careful of your social media.
Every week players are losing their scholarships because of what they put on their social media. Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook are the top 3 that can either help you gain or lose stock in yourself. Just recently, 2 players lost their 48K scholarships from D1 universities. One posted a fight she had with another girl on Twitter. Another girl lost money because she was at a party doing things universities don’t want to be associated with. Universities want to keep their brand strong too, so you can be assured that they will be watching you.
Jeremie and Jordan will teach you ways to sustain your character before, during and after college. It’s important when you go into the workforce to know how to conduct yourself professionally.
Social media guidelines
3 things you do want to post on social media:
- Family pictures
- Training with your team or with your private skills trainer
- Proof of community service
3 things you don’t want to post on social media
- Pictures at parties – even if you never did anything illegal in your life, don’t post pictures of parties because it looks bad in the eyes of a coach.
- Opinions on politics or race.
- Pictures with friends that dress or are acting in ways that you don’t want to be associated with. Remember your brand is what others think of when they see you or hear your name. This may not cause you to lose a scholarship but it doesn’t strengthen your brand as an athlete.
Highlight videos are a must for an athlete, but you have to make sure it’s quality film, content, and competition. In the one-hour FREE webinar Jeremie shares what coaches want to see. This will separate you from 90% of the athletes who send in bad highlights.
Think about the amount of money, time, and gas it takes to drive across the country just for one parent and one student to get a tryout. You’re could be looking at $1,000 on that alone. The right video can save you thousands of travel dollars that otherwise, you might have to spend just going for a tryout. Jeremie has helped hundreds of players get in front of coaches and receive offers without having to travel.
One of the best stories I can share with you is about Daria, who played 3rd tier youth soccer for a club team in North Texas. She used GFT to create a highlight video and was offered scholarship money to a D1 University out of state. There were other players around the world who were better than her who either didn’t get to go to college or who went without any scholarship money.
What you can do now
If you have children who are younger than the 8th grade, the best thing you can do is get them extra private or small group skills training. For example, Jeremie personally works with over 300 students year round in developing their skills. Many of them do this without having to spend thousands of dollars in private one-on-one lessons, but instead, go through Jeremie's digital ball control courses that even the pros use.
All ages can choose which courses are best for them and then are motivated to work on them at home. The players love that they get notified if they have not checked in for a month. They also love that the courses hold them accountable and even fast track their skills development year after year.
An easy investment for long-term reward
You have to work hard to prepare for college. However, it’s encouraging to know that you don’t have to be the best or even one of the best. You just have to know the process and learn from what Jeremie and Jordan will teach you!
Join me right now for this one-hour FREE webinar for parents and students. The webinar covers the path you need to take to play college sports, get scholarship money, and much more! Simply choose the webinar date and time that is most convenient for you.