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Athletic Scholarships For Pole Vaulting Women

Updated on May 5, 2017

How are you going to pay for college?

Are you a high school or junior high school girl who is thinking about going to college but worried about how you will pay for it?  Have you ever thought about joining the track and field team, specifically pole vaulting?  Well, if you may have even considered high school pole vaulting as a girl, this information may just tip the scale in favor of you becoming a high school pole vaulter.  A pole vaulting woman may have a greater chance at athletic scholarships than any other sport for women. 

Become a Women Pole Vaulter

The shortage of collegiate pole vaulters that are women have made scholarships more available.
The shortage of collegiate pole vaulters that are women have made scholarships more available.

Excel at pole vaulting and attend the college of your dreams!

This fact is true because pole vaulting has not been available as a sport in the women’s arena for very long. Did you know that college women didn’t start competing in pole vaulting until 1996? Did you realize that pole vaulting for women is so new to the athletic world, that the Olympics didn’t even make the sport available to women until 2000? Needless to say, the newness of the sport, and the type of woman athlete that is needed to excel at women’s pole vaulting, has left a shortage of women pole vaulters at the college level. This potential shortage may work very favorably for you if you are a woman pole vaulter, in terms of landing a scholarship, in the area of pole vaulting. This shortage just may enable you to attend the college of your dreams.

What do you need to qualify as a pole vaulting scholarship candidate?

What are some of the qualifications that you might need to have to be recruited by a college today? The qualifications might not be as out of reach as you thought. The NCSA or National Collegiate Scouting Association has a great resource guide for any woman who is considering a scholarship in the area of pole vaulting. I would totally recommend going to this site and checking it out.

When should you start looking for a scholarship?

One thing that I learned while researching this subject is that it is never too early to start looking, or to be looked at, by college recruiters. Many high school students who get information on scholarships do so from their guidance counselor, going the academic route. This type of information advises you to start looking for your preferred college choice in your junior year of high school or early senior year. They may inform you to place your desires in three categories: 1) Reach schools (if I’m really lucky, I’ll get in) 2) stretch schools ( I could probably get in at least most of these if I apply) and 3) safe schools (Come on now, everybody gets in to these!) All applications to these schools must be in before Christmas break.

STOP!

Don't Wait to Get Noticed.

Start early in your pole vaulting career to become exposed to college recruiters.
Start early in your pole vaulting career to become exposed to college recruiters.

Have an athletic scholarship mindset!

This is an academic way to think about college.  If you are thinking of an athletic scholarship in pole vaulting it absolutely does not follow this same way of thinking or same timeline.  If you are trying to be noticed in the field of athletics, a college coach would love to find you much earlier on, even as soon as 7th or 8th grade. By waiting until your junior year in high school to make yourself known, it reduces your opportunities considerably.

High School Girls Pole Vaulting

Becoming an accomplished pole vaulter takes time.

College student athletes have to meet a certain athletic profile. This profile takes a considerable amount of time to develop physically through consistent amounts of training. For very competitive schools, those pole vaulters who are interested in getting noticed must be at a certain level of achievement by the end of their junior year in high school. Waiting until their senior year to decide about pole vaulting might be too late.

To have a better chance at a college pole vaulting scholarship it is important to get to know the college pole vaulting coaches early. Develop a relationship with them as soon as your freshman year in high school. This may take some involvement on the part of a parent or high school pole vaulting coach to get this process rolling. College coaches are very busy with their own athletes and have little time for recruiting, if you give them a hand they may reward you favorably.

High School Girl Pole Vaulters Can Reach New Heights

Make the grades too!

Finally, make sure to make the grades in the field of academics as well as on the field. A good balanced profile and academic achievement is always an asset in any portfolio. Remember to study for the SAT tests and take them as early as your freshman year in high school, and repeatedly each year, to get the best score possible. This will only enhance your chances for an athletic scholarship as well.

A pole vaulting scholarship might not cover the entire cost of tuition, but if you are a top contender, it just might. So don’t wait until it is too late, start early to have the best options for a pole vaulting scholarship that is available.

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      scholarshipsformo 

      7 years ago from California

      Good stuff. I am hoping more colleges will invest more in their track and field programs so that students have a reason to pursue their track and field dreams while completing their education as well.

      Keep up the good work.

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      jonathan 

      8 years ago

      I pole vault and broke the school record at 14" should i start applying?

    • caderade2 profile image

      caderade2 

      8 years ago

      You like pole vaulting and you're Mormon. You know Robbie Pratt?

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      Jodyofthemoon 

      8 years ago

      The trick is to apply for lots of different scholarships, hopefully land one. Here's three you can apply for over the net: www.tinyurl.com/gocollege

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