How To Get a Boxing Scholarship

So you are into boxing, and you are looking for a boxing scholarship.

Unfortunately, boxing scholarships are not common. You see, boxing is not a NCAA sport. But I will try my best to help you out where I can.

In this article, I will apprise you of any available boxing scholarships out there, and about schools that have boxing programs.

Read on for more information.

Why It’s Difficult To Find a Boxing Scholarship

Most colleges don’t offer much in the way of boxing training the way they do with other athletic programs like outdoor basketball, football, or wrestling. That’s why most young boxers have to join a private boxing gym and train there.

Most colleges which have boxing don’t have it as a scholarship program. So mostly, it’s going to a school and joining the boxing club, same as you would join the rugby club. It’s largely amateur boxing, winning amateur boxing titles, and hoping to get sponsored by U.S.A Boxing, the national body that governs Olympic amateur boxing.

One Collegiate Boxing Scholarship I Know Of

But if you are determined to find a boxing scholarship, you should try the Ira Mitzner $10,000 Collegiate Boxing Scholarship.

Ira Mitzner was a born in Brooklyn in the forties. He was introduced to the sport of boxing by his grandfather. He grew up to be a lawyer. But at 50, he began boxing once more, using the sport as a way to relive stress.

He believed in the ability of boxing to develop in young boxers the golden qualities of courage, perseverance, and toughness.

This scholarship is established in his memory.

What you need to be to qualify for the scholarship:

1. You should be an undergraduate student in a four-year college, and be a competitive boxer for a United States Intercollegiate Boxing Association (USIBA) Member Club.

2. Or a high school senior who has been accepted to a four-year college, and will be a competitive boxer in the USIBA Championships and start or join a member club.

What you need to be considered for the scholarship:

1. A completed application. Go to page here to download the scholarship form.

2. A recommendation letter from your current coach

3. A copy of your current transcripts

4. A signed release from allowing the scholarship organization to contact your school

Schools That Have Boxing Club Teams

Like I said, chances of getting a boxing scholarship are low. So what you content yourself with is looking for a school that has a boxing club.

So I will give you a list of some schools that have a boxing club. Now, before I give you the list, I must mention that these are schools which are National Collegiate Boxing Association (NCBA) members.

The NCBA has been around since 1976, and it is under the mandate of USA Boxing. Boxing is not a NCAA sport and has not been since 1960 when the NCAA stopped sanctioning it.

Schools which belong to the NCBA develop their training programs with an emphasis on the fundamental novice boxing skills.

If you to be a boxer, you should join any one of the schools I will list in this article. Call them up, and find out more about their boxing clubs. Or even better, pay them a visit, and see for yourself. Choose the school which you feel will help you most in your growth as a boxer.

These schools are divided into three sub-associations, each based on the region in which the schools are found. These three sub-associations are:

1. Eastern Collegiate Boxing Association

2. Midwest Collegiate Boxing Association

3. Far West Collegiate Boxing Association

So I will list these schools according to their respective sub-associations. You should select a school that is within your region or the region in which you want to go to college.

Schools in the Eastern Collegiate Boxing Association

These Eastern colleges include:

  • United States Military Academy (Army)
  • United States Coast Guard Academy
  • Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
  • Lock Haven University
  • Shippensburg University
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Connecticut
  • Kutztown University
  • Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Trinity University, Harford
Schools in the Midwest Collegiate Boxing Association

These Midwestern colleges include:

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Ohio State University
  • Lowa State University
  • Xavier University
  • West Virginia University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Miami State University
  • United States Naval Academy (Navy)
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Iowa
Schools in the Far West Collegiate Boxing Association

These Far West Colleges include:

  • University of Washington, Seattle
  • California State University, Northridge
  • United States Air Force Academy (Air Force)
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of San Francisco
  • San José State University
  • University of California, Berkley
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • University of Oregon
  • Oregon State University
  • Santa Clara University
  • University of California, Los Angeles

Final Verdict

So boxing scholarships are pretty hard to come by. But that shouldn’t stop you.

Join a personal gym in your area and start training. Try the Ira Mitzner scholarship. Or choose any of the schools I have listed in this article.

With persistence, sooner or later, you will get where you want to go.

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