Bowling has strong competition at the college level, particularly in Divisions I and II, where some of the top talent has a chance to earn substantial scholarship dollars. While collegiate bowling in the NCAA is only open to women, there are scholarships for male bowlers as well. If you are looking to play at the college level, some of the top schools include Wichita State University, University of Nebraska, New Jersey City University, and Vanderbilt University.
200 schools sponsored varsity bowling teams in 2019-2020.
These schools’ bowling programs award scholarships based on talent. As bowling has become more high-visibility and more popular among student athletes, the level of competition has increased for school-funded scholarships. Much of the funding is controlled by organizations like the NCAA, which also means there is a great amount of emphasis placed on not only talent but academic records, as those awarded scholarships must meet certain GPA requirements.