By LENA MORENO ’17
As a Division III college athlete, I believe the NCAA should review its rule of not providing Division III college athletes with athletic scholarships.
Unlike Division I and II, Division III doesn’t consider a student’s athletic ability in granting financial aid. The reason for this is because Division III is supposed to be amateur.
“Division III was established in 1973 because there were those who thought it was important to maintain, in college athletics, a truly amateur division,” said Alvin J. Van Wei, vice president of Division III and athletics director at the College of Wooster, “Division III members who don’t agree with that philosophy are free to move to another division.”
For being an amateur athlete and not being rewarded for athletic ability, Division III schools use their athletics to get money. No matter what sport, basketball, soccer, football, the school charges people to attend games.
Also, attending another division isn’t always a realistic option for some athletes. Not because they aren’t good enough to play at a higher division, but because location, school size, intended major, and/or any other reason that isn’t athletics.
While deciding what college I wanted to attend, staying close to home, attending a relatively small school, and playing competitive soccer were important factors.
Generally, Division III schools are smaller private schools. I found that Division III schools in the Pacific Northwest fit my requirements of a school perfectly. I don’t believe I should have to move to another division since I found my perfect school, and neither should any other athlete.
Division III athletes are just as competitive as any other Division. How many athletes do you know that spend countless hours in the gym and at practice that don’t care about winning? Division III athletes deserve to be granted athletic scholarships to aid their finances.