Scholarships in America offer the opportunity to experience a vibrant university lifestyle in a new culture and the chance to play football while studying for a degree.

In recent seasons, a growing number of Apprentices have taken advantage of the opportunity to undertake a scholarship in America and made the most of funding opportunities, a vibrant and diverse university lifestyle in a new culture and the chance to play football at a good level while at the same time studying towards a degree.

LFE’s Guide to American Scholarships should provide you with enough information to understand what the opportunity is and the required process to make it a reality.

Alternatively, if you have any doubts about pursuing this pathway, you can hear the thoughts of three former apprentices regarding their U.S. experience by viewing the video at the top of the page.

The PFA provide grant aid for a variety of courses to help all members and ex-members of The PFA to prepare for a second career. Members studying at University outside the UK can receive a £1,250 bursary per year of study. Click here to find out more about the benefits that The PFA can provide.

FirstPoint USA

It is possible to secure a scholarship without any external assistance, but this is not always easy or realistic due to the timing of being released from a club or deciding late.

LFE has joined forces with FirstPoint USA to offer a free US Scholarship pathway for apprentices and Community Trust Study Programme learners. FirstPoint has placed more than 20,000 scholar-athletes over the years, working with around 2,500 colleges and universities in the USA.

Support can be accessed via FirstPoint’s website, clicking the ‘Athletes Start Here’ button and then competing the form, which will trigger a call from one of three dedicated consultants, who can provide further information and check eligibility.

Seven members of the Compliance & Talent Management Team will also be on hand to manage each young player throughout the recruitment process.

If you have any queries and would like to discuss U.S. Scholarships with an LFE member of staff, speak to your Regional Officer or contact our Transition Officer – 01772 326875 / acato@lfe.org.uk.