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Matthieu Hertilus
05-19-2009, 09:43 AM
Hey everyone, looking for any information on sponsorships or scholarships for weightlifting. I'm looking into grad schools and though I only have about a year's experience in the sport, I'm very serious about this pursuit. Any information or resouces where I can get the information would be greatly appreciated. Willing to travel anywhere!

P.S.: A little article posted by the owner of the new CrossFit Ignite
http://crossfitignite.com/

Garrett Smith
05-19-2009, 12:19 PM
http://webb.nmu.edu/SportsUSOEC/SiteSections/StupakScholarship/History.shtml

Weightlifting isn't really a varsity sport in college, so full-ride scholarships are likely about nil.

As for sponsorships, you need to become a notable athlete before you get offered one of those...they look for achievement, not potential.

David Dalpiaz
05-19-2009, 01:01 PM
I'm not sure if it applies for graduate students, by Lindenwood just started a program: http://goheavy.com/forums/olympic/index.cgi/noframes/read/254413

Garrett Smith
05-19-2009, 06:12 PM
David,
Good find! Your concern was answered on that post:
We will be accepting undergraduates, graduates, transfer students, and international students.
There you go, Matthieu.

David Dalpiaz
05-19-2009, 07:51 PM
David,
Good find! Your concern was answered on that post.

Haha, I should've actually read the whole thing before I posted it. I had heard about it at a meet a couple weekends back that Derrick Johnson lifted at and it was the first thing that came to mind when I saw this.

glennpendlay
05-19-2009, 08:47 PM
http://webb.nmu.edu/SportsUSOEC/SiteSections/StupakScholarship/History.shtml

Weightlifting isn't really a varsity sport in college, so full-ride scholarships are likely about nil.

As for sponsorships, you need to become a notable athlete before you get offered one of those...they look for achievement, not potential.


Northern Michigan DOES have full-scholarships. Ive had 3 kids from my program go up there, they all got full rides, all tuition, books, room and board, all paid for, plus a free laptop, and I think some kind of monthly stipend for at least one of them.

On the other hand, if you come to Wichita Falls and Midwestern State, you get some financial help, not all that much, probably tuition and a cheap place to live, and get to be coached by me. Ive had one kid come home from Northern Michigan, and a couple opt not to go, because they thought it was a better deal here. Ive had a couple go there and stay because they thought it was a better overall deal there.

There is also a place in Northern California that has some oportunities. PM me if you want any info on that.

glenn

Ben Shechet
05-21-2009, 07:55 AM
I think LSU-Shreveport may have a program as well.

glennpendlay
05-21-2009, 08:01 AM
Your right... a great program with good coach (Kyle P) and a lot of good lifters.

Don Stevenson
05-21-2009, 04:02 PM
*sob* *sniffle*

I dream of one day being able to dream about having lifters who get financial support.

In the meantime does anyone here want to buy some fund raising cookies;)

glennpendlay
05-21-2009, 04:31 PM
Don,

for 5-6 years straight I raised $6,000 a year or more to pay expenses for mostly young schoolage, non-elite lifters travel expenses. We did a couple of car washes a year (once raised $1,250 in 4 hours at a car wash. One of the college lifters had a GF who was very very good looking, and had just gotten her chest "artificially enhanced, and she volunteered to stand out in the intersection in a small bikini holding a sign... I think that had something to do with it.), we sold magazine subscriptions, sold pizzas, candles... did yard work... as a team took out a few tile floors in area businesses in exchange for a donation, even built a rock wall around Rippetoes house in exchange for a donation equal to what he would have had to pay someone else to do it... and on and on... and i put in for grants, hit people up for donations, etc. So it is possible to raise money.

A few years ago we got a $20,000 grant from a local organization. That paid for a lot of plane tickets, motels and gas.

If you keep at it, you will get good at fund raising.

glenn

Michael Hartman
05-21-2009, 06:03 PM
I had a sunburn for at least 2 months following that car wash fundraiser...in fact I may still have semi-permenant tan lines even 6 years later.

Don Stevenson
05-24-2009, 07:06 PM
Glenn,

We actually do a lot of fundraising and we've got some pretty good sponsors as well.

Typically three times a year we send teams, all expenses paid to the junior nationals, senior nationals and one other comp but having people on full blown scholarships would be a huge step up.

glennpendlay
05-24-2009, 10:44 PM
I had a sunburn for at least 2 months following that car wash fundraiser...in fact I may still have semi-permenant tan lines even 6 years later.

We all make our sacrifices.