The Polo Training Foundation (PTF) annually holds an East Coast College Fair at the Meadowbrook Polo Club and Country Farms Polo Club on Long Island, New York, and a West Coast College Fair at the Santa Barbara Polo Club in California.
The college fairs are a great opportunity for high school players to meet the coaches and learn about their respective schools and polo programs.
• In 2019, 40+ high school players participated in the college fairs.
• Most college polo programs are not funded by the NCAA or by the colleges/universities; thus, there is little to no official recruiting of the players.
• These PTF college fairs are crucial to the visibility of high school players because they are the only official forum for high school players to meet with college coaches, learn about their respective academic programs and polo opportunities, and play an exhibition game in front of the coaches and representatives.
The scholarship is available at colleges and universities with an athletic program in polo and provides financial assistance for students who participate in the sport of polo. It is designed to reduce the financial burden of tuition for those who demonstrate financial need.
In addition to meeting a high academic standard, applicants are required to participate in the collegiate polo program at the school they are attending.
• Four $2500 scholarships are available to four collegiate players.
• Scholarship money is paid directly to the college/university—it is not available for the player to use at their discretion.
• Scholarships are available for the first four years of college. After being granted a scholarship, players are eligible to continue receiving it annually (for their first four years) if they maintain the minimum GPS requirement and provide a letter from their coach verifying participation in the polo program.
• 22 scholarships have been given out since the scholarship program’s inception in 2012.
• If a player receives a scholarship from the USPA, they do not receive one from PTF because the PTF aims to distribute the scholarships among as many players as possible.
• Participation in a college polo program does not require being on an Intercollegiate team (because not all schools with polo clubs have teams).
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