Scout: Rebekka Schubert
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Leaving Germany to go to the United States of America to not only earn a bachelor’s degree but to simultaneously be able to practice and compete among some of the best athletes in the world has truly been the best decision I have ever made. I would like to give others the opportunity to be able to obtain a university degree while also feeling like a world-class athlete at the same time. – Athletes USA Scout Rebekka Schubert
Some advice I have for incoming student athletes would be that while it is great to compete against some of the best in the world, it is easy to get caught up and frustrated with just how good they are. Focus on yourself and your own goals first, and once you did everything you could to be the best version of yourself you can look at them. Use them as inspiration and motivation rather than pressure.
I participated in track and field and think that I would be good at finding track and field athletes who would like to go to the US.
I competed for the University of Louisiana at Monroe in the Sun Belt Conference (Division 1). I majored in Psychology and after completing my bachelors I started my masters in psychometrics.
After being able to consistently qualify for u18, 20 and 23 nationals and being ranked in the top 15 in Germany, coming to the US and picking up an injury that had me sitting out my first season was rough. I had never been injured for that long before so coming back was a struggle. However, last year I finally started making big steps and improved my personal bests in multiple events significantly. The best part about it is that for the first time ever I can say I am satisfied, not due to the performance but rather due to the hard work and effort I have put into track and field the past years. I was able to jump 6 meters again in the long jump, came 5th at the conference meet and have always scored (top 8) in the conference since I came back from my injury.
My role model has always been Linda Stahl. She used to be a javelin European champion and throughout pretty much her whole career she studied medicine as well. The hard work and determination she needed to make it through her studies and compete against and beat world class athletes will forever be inspiring to me.
WHAT IS AN ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP?
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.