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Harvard offers kid athletic scholarship with 1300 SAT score

fireman144fireman144 Posts: 172Registered User Junior Member
edited October 2010 in Athletic Recruits
I heard that there was this one football player with a 1300 SAT score who got into Harvard or something and I didn't believe it at first. But then I went on the Internet and saw for sure that the guy was offered a scholarship and had a 1300 SAT score. Is it just me or does that seem even for an athletic recruit, a bit too low for Harvard? He did redeem himself with a 26 ACT score to make it seem respectable though, Lol

Here's the link by the way if you're interested: Tyler Caveness - Yahoo! Sports
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Replies to: Harvard offers kid athletic scholarship with 1300 SAT score

  • silverturtlesilverturtle Posts: 12,496Registered User Senior Member
    Harvard gives scholarships on a solely need-based system. And is that 1300 out of 2400?
  • hahalolkhahalolk Posts: 1,757Registered User Senior Member
    Harvard doesn't offer athletic scholarships.

    EDIT: silverturtle beat me to it. But a 26 ACT would qualify though. He probably is one of few with an AI that low.
  • fireman144fireman144 Posts: 172Registered User Junior Member
    Silverturtle, it is out of 2400. And basically even though they're not given athletic scholarships, it pretty much is, because their given a full ride, it's just technically not called an athletic scholarship.
  • zeinXzeinX Posts: 134Registered User Junior Member
    It's all need based. You clearly don't understand how it works. Athletes don't get extra aid just because they're athletes.
  • texdendtexdend Posts: 11Registered User New Member
    I watched his highlight tape and he is really fast. My only problem with him as football player is that his tape looks like he is playing against 8th graders.

    The problem I have with Harvard recruiting him isn't that they lowered their standards, its more that the coaches are putting him in a difficult position to have success in the class room.
  • hoosiermomhoosiermom Posts: 612Registered User Member
    It is much more likely that the 1300 is out of 1600. Many of the athletes on the website do not have a SAT score posted. Why post a 1300 if it is out of 2400? I copied the brief athlete biography. Note the academic honors at the end of the paragraph:

    Lettered in football and track & field at the North Cross School … Football captain as a senior … Two-time All-America status as a running back … US Army All-American Combine attendee as a senior … Two-time all-state selection … Division-3 NISAA National Running Back of the Year as a junior … Two-time All-Timesland … Rivals.com first team all-state as a senior … Played on a state championship team as a junior … Compiled 3,859 rushing yards and 45 touchdowns in two years, averaging 9.1 yards per carry … Set school record with 345 yards in a game … Two-year community service with local parks and charities … Army Reserve National Scholar-Athlete Award … National Honor Society … Four-year Honor Roll selection
  • Bunts1Bunts1 Posts: 8Registered User New Member
    Guys make no joke about it.This guy has got alot of talent.Harvard can only offer you a scholarship if your grades are better than average so maybe anything higher that 3.2.

    Scout.com: Blake Barker Profile
    Take this guy for example.
    Harvard only became possible because of his grades
  • stemitstemit Posts: 502Registered User Member
    With all due respect to some of the posters, but you all continue to perpetuate the myth that Ivy’s offer athletic scholarships. The Ivy’s DO NOT GIVE athletic (or merit/academic) scholarships. All “scholarships” are need based financial aid – available to every single student on the same basis using the same internal algorithms.

    While athletes may be accepted with lower scores/grades than the average student, there are a whole host of other categories to which the same can be said (e.g., URM’s, first generation college students, etc.)

    Sometimes it’s like howling into the night – trying to explain it to the world how the IVY’s work. And, no matter how many times it’s explained, it does not seem to matter.
  • HuntHunt Posts: 22,011Registered User Senior Member
    Here's an article about the kid in the first post: North Cross RB to play for Harvard
    The article makes it clear that there is no athletic scholarship. He may have substantial financial aid, based on his family's finances. Is need-based aid "sweetened" for recruited athletes? Possibly, but probably not. At the Ivies, athletic ability can get you in despite weaker academics--although there are limits to that as well.
  • Kei-o-leiKei-o-lei Posts: 1,631Registered User Senior Member
    Bunts1 said: "Harvard can only offer you a scholarship if your grades are better than average . ."

    NOT TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    From Harvard's web site:

    "All of Harvard's financial aid is awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need - there are no academic, athletic or merit-based awards."

    Overview
  • Bunts1Bunts1 Posts: 8Registered User New Member
    I just got off the phone with Joe Villapiano
    Who happens to be the recruiting co-ordinator at Harvard and although it states that no scholarships are given at Harvard that kid was their number one recruit this season and as a result he has been offered one.He is a special 'case',but you are right most of the time(95%)scholarships arent given and hes parent wouldnt be able to afford it in any case
  • AmadeuicAmadeuic Posts: 759Registered User Member
    You would be shocked at the leniency universities have toward athletes and local students.

    It's really not all that surprising.
  • riverrunnerriverrunner Posts: 2,707Registered User Senior Member
    Bunts, I'm gonna call your bluff. You're a high school junior living in South Africa, and you happen to know the head of recruiting for Harvard's football team well enough to ring him up? I mean, it's not impossible, but it's far-fetched. Also, if your tale is true, Joe may not be too happy that you're posting his violation of the Ivy League policy on granting athletic scholarships on CC. I would believe that the formula for calculating FA packages might include a fudge factor for some athletes, but I would bet no Ivy coach ever refers to it as an athletic scholarship.
  • skrlvrskrlvr Posts: 625Registered User Member
    hs parent wouldnt be able to afford it in any case

    Sounds like need based aid to me.
  • Jersey13Jersey13 Posts: 4,622Registered User Senior Member
    Bunts1 your posts are absolutely hilarious.
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