High school seniors dream for years about the moment when they will open their college acceptance letters. Some teenagers, however, have to wait even longer before they get their verdicts. And it might be months before they know if they are in or out. You can blame the delays on college waitlists. According to the 2016 survey by the National Association for College Admission Counseling, 43 percent of private institutions use waitlists.
Will your child end up going to his or her dream school? The odds are that your child won’t if the college or university is a rankings alpha dog. And that’s especially true if you don’t enjoy a powerful hook such as being a celebrity or a one-percenter kid, a legacy or an athlete. The story I’m sharing today is of a super achiever from the Chicago suburbs who did beat the odds. She got into Northwestern University, which was her dream school.
The most exciting source of college money for teenagers who play sports is the athletic scholarship. Being able to pay for college because you excel at hitting, running or swimming, or because you’re blessed with an uncanny free throw, is a lucky break. If you’re interested in playing college sports – and getting paid to do so - you need to understand the unvarnished realities about athletic scholarships.