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Feb. 15, 2011

Can D3 Student Accept Lacrosse Scholarship from Alum Group?

Question: Can a lacrosse player in high school receive a scholarship from the high school's alumni association for use at a specific D-3 college, contingent upon his playing lacrosse?

You've stumped "The Dean" with this one. I have never encountered this question before, and it's certainly a good one. Ordinarily, I would think that a Division 3 student should be able to accept a monetary award from a high school alumni association, even if it's contingent on his continuing with lacrosse. But … the confusing part is that this particular grant is intended for a specific college. This smacks of bending the rules that prohibit athletic scholarships at the D3 level, so it doesn't sound quite kosher to me. I suggest that you check with:


-the NCAA … if you haven't already (317/917-6222)

-the director of athletics at the college named in the scholarship terms

You might also want to post this question on the College Confidential athletic discussion forum to see if other families have faced this same dilemma. But tread carefully. Just because a parent responds by saying something like, “Oh, yeah. My son did that. No problem," it could only mean that no one got caught. :eek:

It may be just fine to take the money, but I personally don't know and don't want to give the wrong advice.

If you do get a definitive answer, please share it here. Thanks!

(posted 2/15/2011)

Written by

Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone knows the competitive and often convoluted college admission process inside out: From the first time the topic of college comes up at the dinner table until the last duffel bag is unloaded on a dorm room floor. She is the co-author of Panicked Parents' Guide to College Admissions; The Transfer Student's Guide to Changing Colleges and The International Student's Guide to Going to College in America. Sally has appeared on NBC's Today program and has been quoted in countless publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Weekend, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, People and Seventeen. Sally has viewed the admissions world from many angles: As a Smith College admission counselor for 15 years, an independent college counselor serving students from a wide range of backgrounds and the author of College Confidential's "Ask the Dean" column. She also taught language arts, social studies, study skills and test preparation in 10 schools, including American international schools in London, Paris, Geneva, Athens and Tel Aviv. As senior advisor to College Confidential since 2002, Sally has helped hundreds of students and parents navigate the college admissions maze. In 2008, she co-founded College Karma, a private college consulting firm, with her College Confidential colleague Dave Berry, and she continues to serve as a College Confidential advisor. Sally and her husband, Chris Petrides, became first-time parents in 1997 at the ripe-old age of 45. So Sally was nearly an official senior citizen when her son Jack began the college selection process, and when she was finally able to practice what she had preached for more than three decades.

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