Nomination Process and Eligibility

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Scholarship Program

U.S. Soccer is pleased to announce the tenth year of the Development Academy Scholarship Program supported by the U.S. Soccer Federation. The scholarships are designed to provide opportunities for full-time Academy players who require financial assistance to participate in the Development Academy Program. For more information about the fund, click here.

2018-19 Scholarship Program

The application process for the 2018-19 season will open on Wednesday, August 1, 2018. All player applications and Club nominations must be fully completed and submitted electronically; partial applications will not be considered. Scholarship recipients will be announced no later than Friday, September 28, 2018.

This program is designed to assist in travel-related expenses for full-time players registered to U-13 through U-18/19 teams within the Development Academy during the 2018-19 season. You will need the following information to complete the scholarship application as applicants need to verify their financial need:

  • 2017 Federal Tax Returns for you and your parent/guardian(s). If you have not yet filed a 2017 income tax return, you can still submit your application with 2016 tax information.
  • Information on what you or your family files for in terms of government aid: social security benefits, welfare benefits, etc.
  • Information about your and your parent/guardian(s) savings, assets and financial health.
  • An electronic file of the tax returns associated with your application.

All information submitted is confidential and used for the sole purpose of determining you or your parent/guardian(s)' ability to fund participation in the Development Academy. Failure to submit the required information may result in non-participation.

2017-18 Program Recap

More than 580 Academy athletes participated in the Academy Scholarship Program in 2017-18. In addition to fulfilling their regular club duties, scholarship recipients completed five comprehensive Assignments over the course of the 10-month Academy season to further the idea of rewarding through responsibility. The scholarship program is designed to offset travel costs for players demonstrating financial need. Recipients are awarded funds to help offset the cost for transportstion to/form Academy regualr season games, travel to Academy Showcase events, hotel accomodations, and food expenses when traveling to Academy games/events.