A full scholarship will mean that the university is paying for all of your tuition, accommodation, food, books and everything related to your sport. At some universities, a full scholarship over a full year period can mean the investment of almost $400,000 in one athlete. Full scholarships are rare and are normally reserved for outstanding student athletes.
A partial scholarship is where the university are offering you a deal that will cover some, but not all, of the costs associated with attending the university. If, for example, a university costs $40,000 and the coach is giving you a scholarship worth $30,000, then this is a partial scholarship as there is a $10,000 shortfall that the coach wants you to contribute towards the costs of attending the university. Most partial scholarships come with the incentive that if you perform well, both on the field and in the classroom, then the coach can reward you with a scholarship increase.
To qualify for academic scholarships, a student generally must have a 3.5 GPA or higher, 25 ACT score or higher, 1200 SAT score or higher, and must rank within the top 10 percent of the class. Every college or university may have different requirements — these are approximates.