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Athletes USA Global Scout - Sylvie Mueller


My name is Sylvie Mueller and my sport is Track & Field and Cross County. I came to the USA as a transfer student with a full scholarship in 2014 during my bachelor studies in Frankfurt, Germany. I wanted to get experiences overseas and make the most of my running career!

After my first year at Harding University I applied for my MBA so I could run 2 more years for the University. After college and my successfull career as a student-athlete with several All American and Conference Champion titles I decided to do my OPT year in the US too to get some work experiences.

Since 2018 I live back in Germany with the best memories of my time in the USA. For this reason I started off as a Global Scout at Athletes USA to support other athletes with the process of getting a scholarship in the US and to get the unforgettable experiences I had in college.

So get in contact with me and we work on the process together as a team!

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Track & Field race of Sylvie at Harding University
2014 Cross Country Conference Champions - Sylvie Mueller
Sylvie at Harding University




Athletic as well as academic scholarships are much more common in the US than in most other countries. Athletic scholarships are awarded to athletes of outstanding performance in order to enable them to finance their studies in the US. The athlete participates fully in practice sessions with the college team and represents the university in various tournaments and competitions. The coaches’ job is to professionally look after the teams; in this sense, he has a similar position to that of a professor and is also paid accordingly.

For what reasons are scholarships awarded?

For generations, American universities have had college teams in all kinds of sports. These teams are professionally managed by specially employed coaches and serve as an advertisement for the respective university in numerous competitions. If a team has regional or even nationwide success, the media will cover its development. That is why college teams are a means to market the university in order to recruit new students. For this reason, the universities provide the coaches with a budget to recruit talented athletes from around the world and help them finance their studies or even their entire stay abroad.

Why an athletic scholarship to America 

The American College system produces some of the best sporting talent in the world. The facilities, coaching and support networks including sports science, nutrition, physiotherapy and fitness training are all world class. Universities travel the length and breadth of the United States to play each other; it is big business involving, massive corporate sponsorship, fanatical crowds, rich history, and national television coverage. Collegiate sports are as close to a professional environment as it’s possible to get. A normal schedule involves one to two training sessions or practices a day plus additional sports specific weights and fitness sessions within in a normal athletic scholarship. All this alongside a full university degree program.

Athletic Scholarships are funded sports programs that include Football (Soccer), Golf, Basketball, Tennis, Field Hockey, American Football, Baseball, Swimming & Diving, Track and Field, Fencing, Rowing (Crew), Skiing, Gymnastics and many more athletic scholarship programs.