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Collegiate Club Scholarship Opportunities

In the United States , Rugby is primarily a club sport played on college campuses. Players generally pay their participation fees and the university may help the teams with access to training and competition facilities and financial help to cover some expenses. Given Rugby ’s status as a college club sport, there are currently no full club rugby scholarships available at universities or colleges in the United States .


USA RUGBY is aware of only a few American Universities that currently give certain scholarships or stipends for club rugby players. These include:


Arkansas State University - Rugby has grown at Arkansas State to the extent that the school is now able to offer partial scholarships for men and women Rugby players. Qualifying Rugby players from out-of-state may now attend Arkansas State for the in-state tuition rate.



Patrick A. Stewart, Ph.D.

Assistant Coach, Arkansas State University Rugby

Department of Political Science

Arkansas State University

P.O. Box 1750

State University , AR 72467


[email protected]  


Albright College - Albright College 's Rugby Program has received national recognition for its success on the field and our recruitment efforts. All interested freshmen and transfer students receive the same attention as varsity student athletes and top academic scholars. For those concerned with the affordability of a private liberal arts education, Albright offers an array of merit and need based assistance to make an Albright education feasible for many.


Contact our faculty advisor & recruiting coordinator:

Dr. Christian Hamann


[email protected].

Team website: www.albrightrugby.com  


Idaho State University - Idaho State offers out of state fee waivers. This means students pay only in-state tution of $1800 instead of $5370 for out of state.


For more information interested parties can contact:

Coach Ram Eddings,

Idaho State University

P.O. Box 8345,

Pocatello, ID 83209

work 208-282-3242

home 208-232-6221

cell 208-244-1252

fax 208-282-4864

[email protected]


Kutztown University Rugby Club in conjunction with the Kutztown University Rugby Alumni Association has announced the formation of eight new scholarships for student athletes.

The Fitness Scholarships are a way to recognize those players that are dedicated to strength and conditioning as a participant with Kutztown University. These awards are annually funded by Jeff Reiss and Paul Presnizano, both former KU rugby players, and administered by Ron Nicholson, Kutztown alumni and a specialist in strength and conditioning and loyal supporter of KU Rugby.

Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to two athletes, who demonstrate a commitment to a high level of fitness for each of the fall and spring seasons. There will be four $250 academic scholarships per semester, used to buy books for student athletes who meet the academic criteria of a minimum 2.75 GPA.

The Kutztown Alumni Association is funding two $500 scholarships to honor past players who are no longer with us. The first scholarship is named after former KU rugby player David Bailey, who played passed away in 2006. The award is named after David to honor all of the skills that he displayed both on and off the field.  The second scholarship is named after former KU rugby player Robert P Devitt Jr. The scholarship is named after Robert, AKA “Psycho” who had a passion for life both on and off the field. Robert passed away in the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in 2001.

In addition to the eight new scholarships, one existing scholarship is available. The David Chalmer Bailey ’02 Scholarship was established in honor of David Chalmer Bailey by his parents, aunt, and uncle.

After graduating from Kutztown University in 2002 with a degree in Sociology, he traveled extensively teaching English and math for a year in South Korea, then taking trips through Argentina, Chile, Spain, Italy, and Romania. Because of his love of people and children, and his enthusiasm for rugby, the scholarship is to be awarded to a student majoring in sociology or social work who demonstrates a love of children and a fascination with people, has earned at least 30 credits, and is in good academic standing, regardless of financial need. Preference will be given to a student who participates in the Rugby Club.


New Mexico University - Entering freshman who are Under 19 All Stars (men and women) in their region and hold high academic marks can qualify for an AMIGO Scholarship which allows one to pay in-state tuition of $3,500 per year. This represents a $7,000 savings over the out-of-state tuition rates.



Palmer Chiropractic College - The Palmer College Scholarship Program offers both partial and full Rugby scholarships ranging from 25%-100% of tuition. School fees are approximately $21,000 per year. All first team players will recieve at least a 50% scholarship. 6-7 will recieve a 75% scholarship. And one or two players will recieve full, 100%, scholarships. The scholarship applies year round and so is not specific to the rugby season. Also, students may receive an additional $2,100 towards tuition fees from working in the school gym.


Please direct all enquiries to:

James O'Malley

[email protected]

Phone: (563) 579-4463

or visit www.palmer.eduw3.palmer.edu/rugby


Penn State University - There is a $1000 scholarship for high school players that come to Penn State to play rugby. There is also admissions assistance available.


Contact: Peter Steinberg  

410 BAB

University Park , PA 16802


[email protected].

Team websites: www.clubs.psu.edu/up/mensrugby  and www.clubs.psu.edu/up/womensrugby


Texas A&M University - After 35 years of prestigious rugby and numerous National Championships and playoff runs, this Division I Collegiate powerhouse now offers partial scholarships for in-state and out-of-state rugby players. Qualifying players from out-of-state may now attend Texas A&M for the in-state tuition rate.



Texas A&M RFC Head Coach Craig Coates (979) 571-2784


Old Maroon RFC President Cody Stringer (512) 528-1211.

For more info visit www.aggierugby.com.  


Truman State University - The Truman Alumni Award is given to entering freshmen (1-3) that come to Truman with previous high school Rugby experience and promise to be leaders on the team. Each award is up to $500 and is paid in two installments - at the end of the fall and spring seasons. The award is for the freshman year only. It is expected that the recipient(s) will be contributing members of the team, attending practices and games.


To find out more information:

Visit http://rugby.truman.edu/men  or http://rugby.truman.edu/men/PDF/AlumniAward-Application.PDF


Contact:Coach Bill Sexton

1405 East Meadow Lane

Kirksville , MO 63501


[email protected].


University of Stony Brook - Partial scholarships are available for both Men's and Women's teams.


Contact: Frank Grieco

516.458.6997 or 631.751.4605

via email at [email protected]

 For more information, please visit the team website http://eteamz.com/blackwidowrugby  


St. Bonaventure University

The rugby alumni at St. Bonaventure University have recently endowed the Robert Peraza Memorial Scholarship, in memory of a Bonaventure player who died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001 .  SBU rugby alumni are responsible for finding a worthy recipient for the Fall 2007 semester. As the endowment grows, additional scholarships with greater monetary values will be awarded. This is a needs-based scholarship; we want to find high school rugby players who normally would not have the opportunity to attend St. Bonaventure University due to financial need. The amount we award is based on how much we can raise but it will be renewable to the same student for 4 years. As the scholarship grows, we will have more flexibility to the amount we award and the number of students we award it to. St. Bonaventure is the first Catholic University in the U.S. to endow a scholarship for rugby players.


For more information:

Contact Paul Fordiani

[email protected]

By phone at 410.837.0908.  


West Chester University

The West Chester Rugby Foundation now offers rugby scholarship opportunities to play rugby at West Chester University . 


The West Chester (PA) University Men’s Rugby Club has made the commitment to becoming an elite national level USA Rugby collegiate program. In support of that effort the West Chester Rugby Foundation, a newly formed non-profit 501 (c) 3 LLC corporation, is most pleased to announce that two $1,000.00 scholarships will be awarded to qualified incoming student rugby players at West Chester University for the fall of 2009. Eligible candidates can be either qualified incoming freshmen or transferring underclassmen.


The West Chester Rugby Foundation has as its mission to nurture and support the growth of high school and collegiate rugby in the greater Chester County (PA) area. In addition to scholarship opportunities the Foundation will run a series of player skill sessions for local high school ruggers as well as hosting a high school tournament in the spring of 2009.


For more information on the foundation and its scholarship opportunities and clinics please contact us at: [email protected]


The West Chester Rugby Foundation www.wcurugby.com 


Additionally, there are ways to earn collegiate credits and play r ugby at the same time. These opportunities include:

  • Summer Sports Program at Macquarie University in Australia . Michigan State University , in partnership with Macquarie University , offers a unique educational opportunity for college student athletes. This program is arranged through the Office of Study Abroad (OSA).
  •   Rugby Study Abroad (http://www.studyabroad-cis.com/rugby.html) - This program provides opportunities for American students to spend one or two semesters studying in Wellington, New Zealand and playing with a local club.
  • Middle Tennessee State University - MTSU offers the following classes in Rugby : PHED 131001 Beginning Rugby ; PHED 131002 Intermediate Rugby;  For further information, please contact Anthony Neely, Adjunct Professor, PO Box 96 , MTSU, Murfreesboro , TN 37132 ; phone 615-812-1754; [email protected]
  • University of Illinois at Chicago - The University of Illinois at Chicago offers a full credit course in Rugby union football.

If you have information on scholarship opportunities at your college or university and would like them to be listed on this webpage, please contact [email protected].

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