Rowing is a hard endurance sport but if you have the strength and endurance then a rowing scholarship is for you. Universities and colleges award rowing scholarships to very talented rowing athletes, which enables the athlete to participate in collegiate, intercollegiate matches and national championships. If you are a male or female athlete you are able to gain rowing scholarships.

Rowing Scholarships – When is the best time?

The best time to go to the USA with a rowing scholarship is right after graduation from high school or up to two years after. Only athletes ages 18 – 24 can compete within the college leagues, any older and you will be looking at competing in the NAIA. Coaches are increasingly committing to younger athletes as this gives them the opportunity to work with the athletes for a longer period of time. It is also possible to go to the USA for one, two, three or four years, it depends on if you wish to seek a bachelor’s degree from your time there. We would recommend going to America as early as possible because this will give you the best chance of gaining a sports scholarship and turning professional after college.

Rowing scholarships – How good do you have to be?

Athletic rowing scholarships can be achieved if you are at the right level. For good rowing players on the level of the Division I the chances to receive a full rowing scholarship are relatively high if you know who to contact.

In order to gain the most opportunities of your profile and thus receive higher scholarship offers, it is important that you try to participate more in national tournaments in the time prior to starting U.S college. This will show college coaches that you are able to compete at a high level.

If you are competing at national level then you have a great chance of receiving a 100% sports scholarship. Coaches will also look at an athlete’s potential, it’s a vital aspect, as coaches know from experience that even moderate athletic performance can be boosted immensely with their intensive training methods. A college recruitment coach will look at a sport CV or the athlete, photographs, video and our staff advice regarding the athletes ability.

To find out whether you have what is takes to obtain a rowing scholarship and therefore be placed on a college team, please complete our free application form, so the team can evaluate your potential as a possible future college athlete. If the team believes you have a chance you will be invited to join our program. A sports consultant will go through everything you need to know about the sports scholarship process.

ROWING Facilities


Rowing training on a rowing scholarships program

If you gain a rowing scholarship you will be expected to practice with the team for around 3-5 hours a day 5 times a week. This would consist of rowing training and then some additional strength and conditioning training. If you feel you are currently lacking strength in muscle and size then don’t worry, Athletes USA works with leading sports nutrition brands that supply our athletes with leading sports nutrition products and information on how to reach you potential in the gym.

This hard training often allows rowing athletes to reach previously unattained levels of fitness and performance while playing at college. Many college athlete’s participate in the Olympics which clearly demonstrates that the college level can help you reach the top level.

The rowing season

The rowing season always begins in spring (Spring Term/February). If you are looking to join a rowing college team you need to be signed to the college team around a year before.