USA Rugby College Scholarships – UPDATED

Updated Apr 5, 2019

College rugby in the USA is still primarily a club sport played on college campuses. The players (students) generally raise funds through dues and fees. The good news is that more and more programs are being identified as varsity programs that provide scholarships or receive substantial funding. The university may also help the teams with access to training and competition facilities and financial help to cover some expenses. Rugby scholarships include a variety of offerings from tuition grants, to dues or fee waivers, to in-state tuition rates for out-of-state students.

The list provided below is not a complete list as offerings are always changing. Students are encouraged to make an inquiry with directly with the teams and schools they are interested in.

The list below is pieced together from USA Rugby, The Ruggers Edge, NCAA Rugby, and whatever else we could find by scouring the web! If anything is out of date or needs to be corrected, please send that information to wendy@scrumhalfconnection.com.


Alderson Broaddus (AB) University (Philippi, WV)

Alderson Broaddus University has a new varsity rugby program that offers rugby scholarship opportunities to both men and women. These scholarships can be stacked with academic and merit-based scholarships awarded by the university. AB’s rugby program is fully recognized by the athletic department and is staffed with full-time coaches.

To be considered for an AB rugby scholarship, students must complete the free online application, please be sure to submit transcripts and test scores. Update Head Coach Laura Miller when the application is submitted in order to move the financial aid process forward.
  • Men’s and Women’s Rugby
  • Competing in NSCRO
  • Rugby and merit-based scholarships available
  • Small school (approx. 1000 students)
  • Health Science Focused Private School
  • 25 available majors
  • 17:1 student to faculty ratio
  • Average class size: 25 students

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American International College (Springfield, MA)

Private, Co-Ed, 1,492 Undergraduate Students (3,142 Total Enrollment)
www.aic.edu

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Arkansas State University (Jonesboro, AR)

Rugby has grown at Arkansas State to the extent that the school is now able to offer partial scholarships for men and women Rugby players. Qualifying Rugby players from out-of-state may now attend Arkansas State for the in-state tuition rate.

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Army West Point (West Point, NY)

Army West Point offers full scholarships to all cadets, and as a varsity sport Army Rugby has official admissions influence. The United States Military Academy, considered the world’s preeminent leadership development institution, focuses on developing leaders of character. In 2016, West Point was recently ranked the #1 Public School in the country (Forbes), with the #2 Liberal Arts Public Education and #3 Engineering program (US News and Reports). Graduates becoming commissioned officers in the United States Army, one of the most respected professions in the country for five years before choosing to continue on in their military career or entering the private sector with their academic and leadership skills. The West Point rugby program, since 1962 has been one of the strongest rugby programs in the country as a club sport. In 2015 the program was elevated to a varsity program and our mission is to become the best collegiate rugby program in the country. Interested players should want to play varsity collegiate rugby, be of a high standard academically, enjoy and embrace challenge, and desire to serve their country and the United States Army as a leader of character.

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Bethel College (Mishawaka, IN)

Bethel College Rugby is looking for outstanding student athletes who want to pursue unparalleled education and experience while playing high level collegiate rugby. Bethel College Rugby is a varsity sport fully supported by the athletic department and the school. Expenses such as travel, fees, equipment, and uniform are provided. Bethel College offers competitive athletic scholarships enhanced with academic and financial aid options for interested athletes. Rugby athletes have access to weight room, fitness rooms, rugby pitch, and dedicated athletic training staff. Bethel Rugby coaches have multi-level, broad range of experiences that focuses on the skills and development of each player along with a certified strength and conditioning/speed coach who consistently is engaged in their progress. Players who are interested in math and engineering fields have the opportunity to earn a Bethel College Degree and at the University of Notre Dame. This innovative partnership allows a player to fulfill both academic and athletic rugby achievements from both schools. Bethel has a rich tradition of athletic excellence, with over 35 national championships in 15 different sports. Ranked #1 for Top 50 Colleges and Universities Exceeding Expectations, Bethel has a national reputation for being one of the top Christian Colleges in the United States. Bethel undergraduate students receive an education that is Christ-centered, focusing on skills, character development and, of course, academic excellence.

Central Washington University (Ellensburg, WA)

Public, Co-Ed, 10,400 Undergraduate (10,900 Total Enrollment)
www.cwu.edu

Coastal Carolina University (Conway, SC)

A a public, state-supported, liberal arts university located in Conway, South Carolina, has officially launched the Kegler Rugby Annual Scholarship fund. The fund is available to new and continuing students and is accepting applications for the Fall 2016 semester. The Kegler Rugby Scholarship is an academic-based award with a preference for additional rugby experience and accolades.

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Davenport University (Grand Rapids, MI)

Private, Co-Ed, 2,600 students on main campus
www.davenport.edu

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Eastern Kentucky University (Richmond, KY)

In State & Out-of-State New freshmen who have 1) been admitted to EKU, 2) are non-Kentucky residents, and 3) are enrolling at EKU for the first time in the Fall semester are automatically considered for the following Merit Scholarships. EKU Excellence Award – Four-year award of $52,000. Scholarship of $6,500 per semester ($13,000 annually) for up to 8 semesters. (For students not residing in campus housing, scholarship of $4,500 per semester–or $9,000 annually–for up to 8 semesters.) To retain the scholarship, the student must maintain a 3.0 grade point average and be enrolled full time. EKU Founders Award – Four-year award of $40,000. Scholarship of $5,000 per semester ($10,000 annually) for up to 8 semesters. (For students not residing in campus housing, scholarship of $3,500 per semester–or $7,000 annually–for up to 8 semesters.) To retain the scholarship, the student must maintain a 3.0 grade point average and be enrolled full time. Regents Scholarship – Four-year award of $24,000. Scholarship of $3,000 per semester ($6,000 annually) for up to 8 semesters. (For students not residing in campus housing, scholarship of $2,000 per semester–or $4,000 annually–for up to 8 semesters.) To retain the scholarship, the student must maintain a 3.0 grade point average and be enrolled full time. Presidential Scholarship – Four-year award of $14,000. Scholarship of $1,750 per semester ($3,500 annually) for up to 8 semesters. (For students not residing in campus housing, scholarship of $1,250 per semester–or $2,500 annually–for up to 8 semesters.) To retain the scholarship, the student must maintain a 2.5 grade point average and be enrolled full time. Out-of-State SMART Program – Attend EKU for less than attending many schools in your home state. $10,000 Annual Tuition For new undergraduates entering EKU in the fall of 2018, the SMART Program will save them nearly $8,000 off annual out-of-state tuition costs. Students from SMART-designated states who have a high school GPA of 2.5 and an ACT composite of 18 or SAT total of 940 or higher will be charged a tuition of $5,000 per semester ($10,000 per year). Qualified transfer students whose home of record (residency) is from one of the SMART states may transfer to EKU and participate in the SMART program. To be eligible for the SMART program, students must reside in one of the following states: Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Mississippi, Michigan, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia or West Virginia or be attending a Charter High School anywhere in the United States. 

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Emory & Henry College (Emory, VA)

Emory & Henry College added non-NCAA competitive rugby to enhance the vibrant culture of the college community and to start a new tradition. Rugby is one of the fastest growing club sports in America with more than 32,000 college players registered with USA Rugby. The club at Emory & Henry is open to men and women and will compete against other college club teams from around the region in the Cardinal Athletic Conference. The four year, renewable scholarship is available to incoming first year students and transfers, that tryout for the team and meet the college’s admissions qualifications.

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Furman University (Greenville, SC)

Founded in 1998, the Furman Rugby Club has captured three national small college championships and has been runner up twice. In 2012, the team moved to Division II. The team plays in a university-dedicated stadium on a field named in honor of their coach.

In 2013, the university began offering rugby scholarships to athletes who meet admission requirements. These are substantial scholarships, not grants. Some scholarships may total six figures over four years and cover most of tuition costs. The club has hosted a summer rugby camp since 2009 for boys aged 14-19. Prospective players are encouraged to attend the camp.

The Furman rugby team has a player exchange program with Rhodes University (Grahamstown, South Africa). Members of the team may study at Rhodes and earn academic credit while competing for a very good college rugby team in this rugby-rich nation.

Furman University is one of the nation’s premier undergraduate liberal arts colleges. The university offers outstanding academics on a campus that has been ranked as one of the most scenic in the nation. Founded in 1826, the university enrolls approximately 2,600.

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Idaho State University (Pocatello, ID)

Idaho State offers out of state fee waivers. The tuition at Idaho State for residents is $2200 a semester for those who have their own insurance and $2600 for those who do not have their own insurance. Idaho State is a D2 program in the Utah Rugby Union. The cost to attend ISU without the waiver is $7500 plus per semester. With a waiver you save an estimated $4800 a semester. We are looking for the serious student athlete, who wants to continue their education and rugby career. We are proud of our 85% graduation rate since 1996.

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Iowa Central Community College (Fort Dodge, IA)

Triton Rugby is a new collegiate varsity rugby program nestled in the north central Iowa town of Fort Dodge.

Iowa Central is a progressive school with a strong academic environment offering over 50 associate degree/diploma programs. We also take great pride in our athletics, as evidenced by our numerous National Championships in various sports. Rugby will be no exception. Triton Rugby has the full support of the athletic department, which includes access to our full time athletic trainers and state of the art weight room facilities.

It’s a very exciting time at Iowa Central for the rugby program. We will be members of the Mid-American league of NSCRO (National Small College Rugby Organization) and compete in tournaments and Regional qualifiers against schools from across the Midwest in both 15’s and 7’s. Please visit the website (http://www.ictritons.com/rugby/) and fill out the “Recruit Me” page.

Iowa Central Community College Scholarship Award Conditions

  1. A student must enroll or be enrolled as a full-time student (12 credit hrs or more) each semester.
  2. Student must be a high school graduate (i.e. not Early Bird, Postsecondary, Charter School, etc.)
  3. Student most show a high aptitude for rugby.
  4. Scholarships are for fall and spring semesters only.
  5. A student must complete 12 credit hours or more the first semester to be eligible to receive the second semester award.
  6. Students who have not abided by the requirements on the contract could be subject to repayment at the end of the semester.
  7. The scholarship will not be credited to your account until the contract is signed and returned to the Financial Aid Office.​

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James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA )

The rugby alumni at James Madison University have recently endowed the Luis de Souza Pinto Memorial Scholarship, to benefit an international rugby player attending James Madison University. JMU rugby alumni are responsible for finding a worthy recipient for the Fall 2008 semester. The initial scholarship is estimated to be $1,000 for the first years tuition. As the endowment grows, additional scholarships with greater monetary values will be awarded. The team expects to award the first scholarship in 2008. Any individual interested in attending JMU and playing rugby is encouraged to apply, regardless of international status.

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Kamil Patel – Buffalo Rugby Scholarship

The Buffalo Rugby Club and the Patel family have established The Kamil Patel – Buffalo Rugby Scholarship which is dedicated to honoring the memory of Kamil Patel. The scholarship was created in the spring of 2018 to assist high school rugby players in New York State who plan to continue their education in college while playing rugby. Renewable scholarships of up to $500 are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice. The maximum value of the scholarship is $2000.

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Kutztown University (Kutztown, PA)

The Kutztown University Rugby Club offers financial assistance in the form of rugby scholarships totaling $10,000.00 per year , donated annually by the Kutztown University Alumni. In conjunction with that, Kutztown University offers half and full tuition waivers to international students that score 1250 or more in their SAT. Please read more about the financial awards and the Kutztown University Rugby Club, at KutztownRugby.com.

David Bailey Scholarship – A $2,000 scholarship awarded to a rugby player that has completed a minimum of thirty credits and is majoring in Sociology. This scholarship is awarded by the Bailey family in honor of their son, David, who was a four year member of the rugby club.

KU Fallen Brothers Scholarship – The Kutztown rugby alumni awards two $500.00 academic scholarships in memory of David Bailey and 9/11 casualty Robert Devitt Jr.

RP Fitness Scholarships – Two $1,000 awards , will be given to one forward and one back, each semester. This award will be given to a member of the twenty five man travel squad that obtains the highest fitness score in their respective category. The awards are being funded by Kutztown Rugby Alumni, Mr.Jeff Reiss and Mr. Paul Presinzano.
Book Scholarships – Six, $250.00 book awards will be given each semester, to players selected by the coaching staff. This includes incoming freshmen.

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Life University (Marietta, GA)

Athletic, Academic, and Housing scholarships. D1A for our men, D1 Elite for our women’s teams. Scholarship amounts based on skill level and potential for growth.

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Life West | Life Chiropractic College West (Hayward, CA)

POST GRADUATE STUDY OPPORTUNITY | DC PROGRAM | SAN FRANCISCO, CA Life West Rugby in Hayward, CA offers fully-funded rugby programs for both men and women. Full Athletic Department support includes generous tuition scholarships (of up to 100%), equipment, uniforms, strength & conditioning, access to weights room, fitness center & gymnasium, full performance care staff including Athletic Trainers & Doctor of Chiropractic, access to the new Life West Sports Performance Institute and professional rugby coaching staff with international coaching experience. This is a High Performance Rugby environment that enables student-athletes to develop under the tutelage of full time professional staff while studying to become a Doctor of Chiropractic. The Men’s elite team currently competes the California Cup and USA Rugby D1 and the Women’s elite team competes in USA Rugby D1. Life West Rugby has a strong 7s program and has a newly established Touch Rugby program to assist player development. Rugby Scholarships are for student-athletes who have already obtained an undergraduate degree (any major, including those without a science emphasis) or who have earned a minimum of 90 transferable semester units at an institution accredited by a regional or nationally recognized agency. Life Chiropractic College West is a dynamic 3.5-year post graduate academic institution dedicated to excellence in the study of Chiropractic. Life West is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), a world-renowned accrediting association and regional accrediting association in the United States. 

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Lindenwood University (St Charles, MO)

Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri offers fully-funded rugby programs for both men and women. Both men and women’s programs operate under the Division 1 status. Full university support includes generous scholarship assistance, all travel, equipment, uniforms, strength and conditioning coaches, weight room, video room, athletic trainers at all practices and matches, access to the HIT (high intensity training) center and new turf rugby pitch for daily training and matches. The high performance rugby academy environment enables student athletes to flourish. The Lindenwood men’s team made USA Rugby history in 2012 by winning a National Championship in its inaugural season.

Interested students may explore this opportunity by submitting their recruit information online to Lindenwood’s Recruiting Questionnaire.

Men’s Team information: Head coach JD Stephenson – jstephenson@lindenwood.edu. Men’s Rugby website: www.lindenwoodlionssls.com or follow on Facebook.

Women’s Head Coach, Billy Nicholas - Bnicholas@lindenwood.edu. Women’s Rugby website: www.lindenwoodlionssls.com or follow on Facebook.

Lindenwood University is a dynamic four-year liberal arts institution dedicated to excellence in higher education. Over 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered to approximately 15,000 students through values-centered programs that lead to development of the whole person. Lindenwood faculty, staff and administration are committed to an integrative liberal arts curriculum that focuses on the talents, interests and future of our students. Lindenwood is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. For more information about the University and admissions please contact Kristen Revis, Rugby Recruiter/Admissions Counselor at 636.949.4338.

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Long Island University Post (Greenvale, NY)

Women’s rugby scholarship

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Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore, MD)

The Society of Loyola Old Boys, an alumni organization, proudly announces a Rugby Scholarship Program for Loyola University of Maryland. Annually, we are able to award as many as five $2500 single year scholarships to incoming freshman. Loyola, continually strong since our founding in 1976, currently participates in the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) and has reached the Sweet 16 for the past 4 years, including a final four appearance in 2018. Lugano Pitch, named after 9/11 hero and 3 time All American, Sean Lugano, is a state-of-the-art regulation turf rugby pitch. Loyola features strong coaching, a dedicated athletic trainer at all home games and a heated dome practice field during the winter, to help keep skills and fitness strong for the spring season. The Society encourages any high school senior applying for admission to Loyola University Maryland to complete the application found on our website, www.slobrugby.com.

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Marist College (Poughkeepsie, NY)

Marist Rugby Alumni Booster Club is proud to offer scholarships starting with the Fall 2018 class. Marist has Nationally competitive Men’s and Womens programs in both 7’s and 15’s.

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Miami University (Oxford, OH)

The Miami Rugby Alumni Association awards two $500 scholarships each year at Old Boys. Our first scholarship is named after Doug Edwards, Miami RFC’s long time player and coach who passed away in 2002. Minus a few years living and playing in Pittsburgh and Atlanta, Doug played for Miami from 1969 through 1983. In 1984 Doug began coaching Miami. Doug also volunteered as an Ohio Rugby Union select side coach, Midwest Rugby Union select side coach and Collegiate All-American manager.

The Collegiate All-Americans award the Doug Edwards Best Tourist Award each year to “the player who shows outstanding ability on the pitch and character off the field during the course of the annual All-American Tour.” This is the only award presented during the Collegiate All Americans annual tour. You can read Doug’s obituary, written by Bowling Green State University RFC head coach Roger Mazzarella in our August 2002 Newsletter. The Doug Edwards Memorial Scholarship is annually supported by Doug’s wife, Barb.

Our second scholarship is named after Lionel Young who founded Miami RFC in 1968 and passed away in 2004. Lionel was born in Birtley, England in 1921 where here played for Rockcliff RFC. After serving in the British army in WWII, Lionel emigrated to Canada where he played a part in founding two clubs in Toronto. Lionel started Miami RFC in the fall of 1968 and left Oxford for Florida in 1970. More information on Lionel can be found on page 2 of our August 2005 Newsletter. The Lionel Young Memorial Scholarship is supported by the Miami Rugby Alumni Association.

Scholarships are awarded to students who have been active members of Miami RFC for at least two semesters, are not graduating in the coming semester and are in good standing with the university. Scholarship applications are sent out each spring and include a short essay portion about how rugby has transcended into other areas of the player’s daily life. Applications are reviewed by the Scholarship Committee and are awarded at our annual Old Boys Match each September.

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Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro, TN)

Middle Tennessee State University is a Division 1 rugby program that offers several scholarship opportunities. Individual scholarships totaling $5,000 are available to both incoming and existing players annually. This scholarship is funded by the Middle Tennessee Rugby Alumni Foundation. MTSU offers freshmen academic merit scholarships based on ACT/SAT and G.P.A. achievements up to $5,000 per year. The Cameron Blake Parnell Scholarship Fund is geared toward a rugby player whose academic focus is on Aerospace. www.cfmt.org for more information. In-State Tuition is available to domestic players who qualify. International student scholarships are available up to $16,000 per year.

Molloy College (Rockville Centre, NY)

Molloy College offers partial rugby scholarships to continuing male and female students who have completed at least 30 credits at Molloy with a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA. In addition, the scholarship recipients must demonstrate a commitment to the core values of the Molloy College RFC: honor, passion, and dedication.

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Mount St. Mary’s University (MSMARY)

Private Co-Ed Division 1, 1817 undergraduate enrollment  (2200 total enrollment)

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New England College (Henniker, NH)

New England College has both full and partial rugby scholarship (tuition only) monies available for qualified rugby student athletes. NEC rugby is located in beautiful Henniker, New Hampshire and is a fully funded varsity college rugby program. NEC is a national championship program having won both the NSCRO 2014 – 7’s and 2015 -15’s National Championship respectfully. NEC currently plays in the Division I-AA ECRC (http://eastcoastrugbyconference.com). If you would like more information about joining this championship program please contact head coach Jeremy Treece at jtreece@nec.edu.

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Norwich University (Northfield, VT)

Private, Co-Ed, 2300 Cadets

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Notre Dame College (South Euclid, OH)

Notre Dame College is a four-year private catholic institution in the tradition of the Sisters of Notre Dame located on 61 beautiful acres 20 minutes from downtown Cleveland in South Euclid OH. NDC believes in student first athlete second and strives to ensure that each student receive the tools necessary to succeed in the classroom as well as in the job market.

NDC’s rugby program: is a fully funded DI varsity program for the men and for the women is a NCAA Varsity DI program, one of only 12 schools in the country to declare NCAA DI. As an NCAA and Varsity program all conference travel, equipment, uniforms, are paid for by the school. NDC offers strength and conditioning coaches, weight room access, as well as two newly installed turf fields to practice and play on.

Rugby Center of Excellence: NDC is working on the master plan of building a true rugby center of excellence. Prospective players will be coached by an internationally experienced Rugby Coaching staff including an on campus fulltime Rugby Grad Assistant, dedicated Rugby athletic trainers at all practices and matches, have full access to varsity training facilities, a strength and conditioning coach and at a school focused on changing the World One Student at a Time

Scholarships: are available to both men and women. NDC offers very generous scholarship awards to deserving students. To apply click here

Athletes interested in learning more about scholarship opportunities are encouraged to contact Brandy Viol NDC Rugby Admission Counselor (bviol@ndc.edu) at 216-373-6481 or 1877-NDC-OHIO or admissions@ndc.edu always find us on line at NotreDameCollege.edu

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Palmer College of Chiropractic (Davenport, IA)

Palmer is the premier college for Chiropractic Education. Founded in 1897 and located in Davenport Iowa, the college established it’s rugby program in 1960.

Commitment to Rugby – in 2015, the college demonstrated its commitment to the program by doubling the scholarships available to rugby players and initiated plans for the building of a stadium for its rugby team.

Scholarship – Thirty full scholarships for our men’s and women’s rugby teams.

Men’s Program – Plays in the Men’s Club Division I level

Women’s Program – Plays in the Women’s Club Division II level

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Queens University of Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)

Merit based and Athletic Scholarship Support are both available to qualifying students.

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Quinnipiac University (Hamden, CT)

Private, Co-Ed, 6,500 Undergraduate Students (8,800 Total Enrollment)
www.quinnipiac.edu

Siena College (Loudonville, NY)

Siena College offers Men’s and Women’s Rugby scholarships. Multiple scholarships are awarded each year based on a thorough interview process conducted by an alumni committee, recommendations are then passed on to school administrators for final approval.

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Spring Hill College (Mobile, AL)

Spring Hill College is the oldest college in Alabama, the first Catholic college in the Southeast, the third oldest Jesuit college and the fifth oldest Catholic college in the United States. The 400-acre campus is home to approximately 1,400 undergraduate students and includes an 18-hole golf course nestled in one of Mobile’s most prestigious neighborhoods.

Spring Hill College offers more than 40 different degree programs and typically attracts students who scored between 22 and 27 on the ACT exam and earned a GPA between 3.2 and 3.9. Prospective students are eligible for up to $25,000 in academic scholarships. Additional scholarships are available for qualified athletes who demonstrate a commitment to playing competitive rugby.

Spring Hill College Rugby enjoys strong support from the school’s athletics department, including a full-time head coach, certified athletic trainers, weight room access and a dedicated field. Team sessions include weekly film analysis, strength & conditioning, skill development and on-field training as well as mandatory study hours.

Spring Hill’s men’s rugby team currently competes in fifteens and sevens as a member of the Deep South Rugby Conference. The women’s rugby program recently joined the Southern Independent Rugby Conference.

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St. Bonaventure University (St Bonaventure, NY)

The Robert David Peraza Annual Scholarship This award honors a great St. Bonaventure rugby alumnus who was killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center. Rob was the Empire Conference Playoff MVP in 1993. He earned his undergraduate degree in 1994 and his and MBA in 1996. This annual scholarship is awarded to incoming or transferring rugby player who demonstrates financial need and academic merit. It also helps support current rugby players who come into unexpected financial need, or rugby players obtaining a master’s degree at St. Bonaventure. The scholarship is renewable to recipients as long as they continue to meet criteria for selection and are making satisfactory progress towards a degree. In order to be considered for the scholarship, applicants must: Fill out the St. Bonaventure University Rugby Recruitment form and request an application. Apply to St. Bonaventure University. Applicants will not be considered until they have formally applied to the University. The Robert David Peraza Endowed Scholarship This scholarship will be awarded to two incoming freshman rugby players who demonstrate financial need and academic merit. This scholarship will be awarded every four years and is renewable to the recipients if they continue to meet criteria for selection and are making satisfactory progress towards a degree. In order to be considered for the scholarship, applicants must: Fill out a St. Bonaventure University Rugby Recruitment form and request an application. Apply to St. Bonaventure University. Applicants will not be considered until they have formally applied to the University. The Matthew Dungan Memorial Scholarship This award was established in memory of Matthew Dungan, a 2009 graduate of Kenmore West High School. Matt was a sophomore at St. Bonaventure University and a member of the rugby team when he died unexpectedly. Matt also played rugby at Kenmore West. The Dungan Scholarship will be awarded to deserving student-athletes who played rugby at Kenmore West and are, or will be, attending St. Bonaventure University. In order to be considered for the scholarship, applicants must: Fill out a St. Bonaventure University Rugby Recruitment form and request an application. Apply to St. Bonaventure University. Applicants will not be considered until they have formally applied to the University.

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State University of New York at Oswego (Oswego, NY)

Out-Of-State Student Scholarship: Oswego State University competes at the Division 1A level in upstate New York. Oswego State University offers the Destination Oswego Scholarship to ALL admitted out-of-state incoming freshman or transfer students which provide amounts of $9,000 per year living on-campus and $6,000 per year living off-campus. This merit-based scholarship is renewable for up to four years based on a student’s coursework, grades, test scores, and housing. Oswego State University encompasses over 7,000 students and its nearly 700-acre lakeside campus lies along the shore of Lake Ontario.

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The Citadel (Charleston, SC)

The Citadel is The Military College of South Carolina and is a 4 year public Senior Military College in Charleston South Carolina. We offer degrees in 24 subject areas including all Liberal Arts degrees, Electrical, Mechanical, Civil & Construction Engineering, and Computer Science. The William Joseph Bruce ’13 scholarships are awarded in the spring annually to cadets that meet the academic, conduct and rugby criteria to qualify. You must be an existing cadet and active team participant to qualify.

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Thomas More University (Crestview Hills, KY)

Private, Co-Ed (1,510 Total Enrollment)

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Truman State University

The Truman Alumni Award is given to entering freshmen (1-3) that come to Truman with previous high school Rugby experience and promise to be leaders on the team. Each award is up to $500 and is paid in two installments – at the end of the fall and spring seasons. The award is for the freshman year only. It is expected that the recipient(s) will be contributing members of the team, attending practices and games.

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United States Coast Guard Academy (New London, CT)

Full 4 year – Academic Scholarship (Includes Tuition, books, travel, computer, room & board, meals, uniforms and monthly stipend)

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University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL)

The UCF Alumni Rugby Scholarship is a $250 annual scholarship award that can be achieved for each eligible year of a rugby athlete’s career at UCF. This scholarship is renewable and students can potentially earn up to $1,000 over four years if they continue playing with the team and annually meet the scholarship requirements. As the endowment grows, additional scholarships with greater monetary values will be awarded in the future.

To be eligible for the scholarship, the interested individual must:

  • be currently or previously played the sport
  • Satisfy the USA Rugby Collegiate Eligibility criteria
  • Remain in good standing with UCF throughout the duration of the year awarded

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University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT)

The UConn Rugby Alumni Association is proud to offer a $500 scholarship to an incoming freshman rugby player at the University of Connecticut (“the University”). Our goal is to assist student their rugby and academic career at the University.

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University of Georgia (Athens, GA)

The UGA Rugby Alumni Association proudly announces the establishment of a rugby scholarship program at the University of Georgia. The alumni have committed to funding up to five $1,000 scholarships per year (renewable for up to 4 years). These scholarships may be divided between admitted students and currently enrolled team members. The purpose of the UGA Rugby Alumni Association Scholarship is to improve the quality of the UGA Rugby Club by assisting highly-qualified student athletes in developing and advancing their rugby careers, pursuing their degrees and achieving their personal goals at the University of Georgia.

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University of Kentucky

Provost Scholarship: Incoming Kentucky resident freshmen whose minimum ACT score is 26 or SAT (M+CR) is 1170, and who achieves a 3.30 unweighted high school GPA, will automatically be offered a Provost Scholarship. The Provost Scholarship provides $1,500 per year, for up to four years of undergraduate study.

See Blue Scholarship: Incoming non-resident freshmen whose minimum ACT score is 25 or SAT (M+CR) is 1130, and who achieves a 3.00 unweighted high school GPA, will automatically be offered a See Blue Scholarship. The See Blue Scholarship provides $7,000 per year, for up to four years of undergraduate study.

Bluegrass Spirit Scholarship: Incoming non-resident freshmen whose minimum ACT score is 25 or SAT(M+CR) is 1130, and who achieves a 3.50 unweighted high school GPA, will automatically be offered a Bluegrass Spirit Scholarship. The Bluegrass Spirit Scholarship provides $8,000 per year, for up to four years of undergraduate study.

Kentucky Heritage Scholarship: Incoming non-resident freshmen whose minimum ACT score is 30 or SAT(M+CR) is 1330, and who achieves a 3.50 unweighted high school GPA, will automatically be offered a Kentucky Heritage Scholarship. The Kentucky Heritage Scholarship provides $10,000 per year, for up to four years of undergraduate study.

John Laboon Leadership Scholar: Awarded each year in the amount of $2500. This Scholarship is given to a pack member that shows the type of leadership on and off the pitch that exemplifies the type of character that the Wildcats produce.

Dick Jones Leadership Scholar: Awarded each year in the amount of $2500. This Scholarship is given to a backline member that shows the type of leadership on and off the pitch that exemplifies the type of character that the Wildcats produce.

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University of Louisville (Louisville, KY)

In State Scholarships: Trustees’ Scholarship: This Scholarship is a one-time admission based scholarship offering $2,000 & $3,000 one-time awards. This scholarship is offered to students who have a 26-28 ACT or 1230-1300 SAT and 3.5 GPA. Trustees’ Scholarship: This scholarship is a renewable, admission based scholarship offering $3,000-$8,000. This scholarship is offered to students who have a 29 ACT or 1330 SAT and 3.5 GPA. GSP, GSA, and GSE Award: This scholarship offers three renewable awards for students depending on test scores and GPA. Students who have a minimum of a 3.5 GPA will receive a $5000 award. No minimum test score is required for this scholarship. Students who have a 28-30 ACT or 1300-1380 SAT and 3.5 GPA will receive a $7500 award. Students who have a 31 ACT or 1390 SAT and 3.5 GPA will receive full in-state tuition. National Merit Scholarship Finalist: This scholarship is a renewable award that presents students with full in-state tuition and an $8,000 educational allowance. Applicants must list UofL as first choice with National Merit Corporation to receive this scholarship. National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist: This scholarship is a renewable award that presents students with full in-state tuition. Applicants must have a 3.5 GPA to receive this scholarship. No minimum test score is required. Mentored Scholarships: Brown Fellows Program: Full in-state tuition, plus additional education allowance; 10 awarded. Students must have a 31 ACT or 1390 SAT and 3.5 GPA. Grawemeyer Scholarship: Full in-state tuition, plus $8,000/year educational allowance; 10 awarded. Students must have a 31 ACT or 1390 SAT and 3.5 GPA. McConnell Scholars: Full tuition, plus educational allowance; 10 awarded. Student must have a 3.5 GPA, academic merit and leadership potential, and must be a Kentucky resident. Martin Luther King Scholars Program: Full tuition, plus $8,000/year educational allowance; 10 awarded. Students must have 26 ACT or 1230 SAT and 3.5 GPA. This scholarship is only awarded to Black/African-American and Hispanic/Latino students. Out of State Scholarships: Regional Scholars Program: This scholarship is offered to students in the Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, DC Metro, and Nashville area. Students are eligible to earn $10,000-$16,000. To receive this scholarship you must have the following: Admission to the University of Louisville; Residence or school attendance in an eligible zipcode or county. National Scholars Program: Students are eligible to receive anywhere from $5000-$15000 depending on academic merit. National Merit Finalist: This scholarship awards a $20,000 National Scholars Award. To be eligible students must list UofL as first choice with National Merit Corporation. National Merit Semifinalist: This scholarship awards a $15,000 National Scholars Award. Students must have a 3.5 GPA to be eligible for this scholarship.

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University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC)

You’ll find that tuition and living expenses at the University of South Carolina compare favorably with select top colleges and universities across the nation. Kiplinger’s named South Carolina a best value among public universities in 2014, saying its “abundant financial aid” and “low sticker price” make USC “an overall great value.”

Still, investing in a college education can be expensive, but it’s well worth it! Researchers at the Moore School of Business found that South Carolina residents with a bachelor’s degree earn an average of $15,000 a year more than residents with a high school diploma. And now, with the unveiling of the Jeffrey S. Smolka Rugby Endowed Scholarship Fund, current and incoming rugby players now have an opportunity to pay for college every time they take the pitch!

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University of South Florida (Tampa, FL)

Currently there are four (4) scholarship opportunities offered by University of South Florida Rugby Club.

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University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY)

Women – Harris Family Scholarships (2) – Annual – $1,800 for entering students; Women – Key Player Scholarships (2) – $250 (all players eligible – new and current).

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USRFF Kevin Higgins Scholarships

To honor one of the most prolific players to ever pull on a United States Eagles jersey, the United States Rugby Football Foundation is pleased to announce  the Kevin Higgins College Scholarship Program. The application process for the Higgins Scholarships begins on May 1 and will have a deadline of August 31 in each calendar year.

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West Chester University (West Chester, PA)

The West Chester Rugby Foundation now offers rugby scholarship opportunities to play rugby at West Chester University.

The West Chester (PA) University Men’s Rugby Club has made the commitment to becoming an elite national level USA Rugby collegiate program. In support of that effort the West Chester Rugby Foundation, a newly formed non-profit 501 (c) 3 LLC corporation, is most pleased to announce that two $1,000.00 scholarships will be awarded to qualified incoming student rugby players at West Chester University for the fall of 2009. Eligible candidates can be either qualified incoming freshmen or transferring underclassmen.

The West Chester Rugby Foundation has as its mission to nurture and support the growth of high school and collegiate rugby in the greater Chester County (PA) area. In addition to scholarship opportunities the Foundation will run a series of player skill sessions for local high school ruggers as well as hosting a high school tournament in the spring of 2009.

Additionally, there are ways to earn collegiate credits and play rugby at the same time. These opportunities include:

Summer Sports Program at Macquarie University in Australia. Michigan State University, in partnership with Macquarie University, offers a unique educational opportunity for college student athletes. This program is arranged through the Office of Study Abroad (OSA).

Rugby Study Abroad – This program provides opportunities for American students to spend one or two semesters studying in Wellington, New Zealand and playing with a local club.

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Wheeling Jesuit University (Wheeling, WV)

Wheeling Jesuit University is dedicated to delivering the best overall scholarship package for each of its students. Rugby scholarships up to $9,000 are available to every Rugby player and are renewable for four years. Students can qualify for additional financial aid based on merit and need. 

Wheeling Jesuit University embraces an international reputation for academic excellence as one of only 28 Jesuit colleges in the United States. The University ranks among the top institutions for providing undergraduate research opportunities and promoting depth of thought and imagination. WJU boasts an outstanding record of nearly 100% acceptance rates into graduate programs and professional certifications and commits itself to local, national and global academic service-learning opportunities.

Featuring a beautiful, safe, 65-acre campus supplemented by a 550-acre retreat and nature preserve, Wheeling Jesuit University has earned a place among America’s Best Colleges rated by Forbes Magazine and has also been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a top regional university for the past 14 years.

Along with varsity rugby, the University’s 19 other men’s and women’s NCAA Division II athletic teams have won 59 championships and boast 45-plus Academic All-Americans.

The campus is home to the Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center, the Erma Ora Byrd Center for Educational Technologies, the NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future, a Challenger Learning Center and the Clifford M. Lewis Appalachian Institute.

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Youngstown State University

Youngstown State University is proud to offer a $2,000 annual scholarship to eligible women’s rugby players. As one of the most affordable colleges in Ohio, Youngstown State University takes pride in being a comprehensive urban research university. From business to engineering to the creative arts, YSU has a lot of choices as you begin your college career; with over 115 undergraduate programs, the is certainly something for everyone! In addition to the women’s rugby scholarship, over $125 million in total financial aid is distributed annually, providing opportunities for students to graduate with little-to-no debt.

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4 thoughts on “USA Rugby College Scholarships – UPDATED”

  1. Its a wonderful opportunity since it helps students from various parts of the world to improve their skills and up their game.Thank you.

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