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What is a scholarship?

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What is a scholarship?

"How to hold on to an athletic scholarship"
Earning a college athletic scholarship is a tremendous achievement, something that student-athletes and their families should be proud of. Besides potentially saving a huge sum of money on tuition costs, an athletic scholarship offers student-athletes the chance to keep competing in the sport they love on a bigger stage.

However, many student-athletes are not familiar with the things they should know about athletic scholarships, including the fact that athletic scholarships are usually one-year agreements that can be taken away or not renewed for a number of reasons. That’s why it’s important for student-athletes to stay vigilant about keeping their scholarships, and for coaches to educate them about how to do so:

• Don’t get in trouble
• Don’t become academically ineligible
• Maintain a good attitude and work ethic
• Do the best that you can

Being offered an athletic scholarship is exciting and cause for celebration. But it’s also not the end of the road, and in many ways, it’s just the beginning. Student-athletes need to keep taking care of business in the gym and the classroom in order to maintain an athletic scholarship.

"NCSA: Don’t Lose It -- How to hold on to an athletic scholarship", Nelson Gord, USA Today, 2018.

Culture note

What is a scholarship?

It is a financial assistance given to a student to help them pay for their education.
  • Merit-based
  • → Strong academic achievements
    → Civic contributions
  • Need-based
  • → Demonstrated financial need
  • Performance-based
  • → Participation in an activity or program


  • opportunity / chance (n.)
  • source of anxiety /æŋˈzaɪətɪ/ (exp.)
  • deserve / merit (v.)
  • skip / miss class (v.)

Grammar in progress

Les verbes après « to »

  • Dans le texte, à quelle forme sont les verbes précédés par « to » ?
  • Traduisez la phrase en gras dans le texte. Que remarquez-vous ?

Exercices p. 148 Précis grammatical p. 281
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Click on your path!


Workbook p. 68
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Focus on the article only.

Find a title for the article.

Explain in one sentence what a scholarship is.

Is it helpful for student athletes? Why?

Useful vocabulary: You get a scholarship when...
It’s beneficial / helpful / useful...
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Focus on the article and the culture note.

To which students do scholarships apply? Why?

What are the conditions to get one?

What does the journalist mean by “it’s just the beginning”?

Useful vocabulary: Scholarships can be obtained by...
The journalist implies that...
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Let's talk this out!

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Share your findings with your classmate.

Choose one of the bullet points in the text and explain it.

Can we say that getting a scholarship is a form of pressure? Why?

Useful vocabulary: We can imagine that...
It’s obvious that...
I share this view because...
I think otherwise because...
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Over to you!

To bench or not to bench?

Let’s use what you have learnt in and / or in !

The main player of a college sports team has skipped a few classes. The assistant coach tries to convince the head coach that the player deserves to play anyway. Imagine their conversation.

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