Grab Ahold of Some Cash The Fédération Internationale des Luttes Associées (FILA, or International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles) has published a brief historical overview of the venerable sport of wrestling, tracing its origins from ancient civilizations like Sumer and Egypt through medieval Europe to the revival of the Olympic games, with modern amateur wrestling champions. FILA dates the origin of professional wrestling back to 1830, in France, and even then it was treated a form of entertainment (although the matches were genuine bouts). A wrestling coach has posted a page of advice on obtaining a wresting scholarship, which can be summed up thus: the best national wrestlers who have a good chance to find financial aid will already be known to college coaches, and the lesser-known talents will have to seek exposure to bolster their chances. Be honest in evaluating your ability, because if you approach coaches at the top schools on your list of colleges, you will have one chance to make a successful sales pitch, and knowing your own worth is essential in scholarship negotiations. And selling yourself is what you will have to do. Here is what coaches will be looking for, besides success in matches (the importance of which cannot be understated): meet minimum academic standards, present an unblemished personal character, and the more you can excel in those two areas the better. The ideal scholarship prospect would be an excellent wrestler who’s also a strong leader and team player, and that is the model you should emulate. A Word About NCAA Eligibility Wrestling is an NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) sport, and most scholarships given to college wrestlers follow that organization’s guidelines. NCAA has established strict rules on how to obtain and keep your eligibility, and those standards focus on keeping your amateur status (as opposed to accepting wages as a professional athlete) and on maintaining an acceptable academic record. The NCAA has made a number of notable changes in academic eligibility for athletes at Division I schools, and wrestlers in the class of 2016 and up will need to meet those new benchmarks. For example, you will need a minimum core GPA of 2. 3, 10 core requirements must be met by the beginning of senior year, and seven of those must be drawn from the English, Mathematics, and Science sections. You can read more on the new rules here. There are also a surprising number of minor scholarships available from both private groups and colleges, of which the remainder of the page constitutes a sample.