The USG Fall 2023
Our Fall 2023 Scholarship
applications are now open!
The Fall 2023 Scholarship will accept applications
from August 31st, 2023 through November 30, 2023
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Uncommon Sports Group is committed to your development!
This scholarship is available to anyone pursuing a career in collegiate and/or professional sports.
The USG Reflection Scholarship can be used for personal, spiritual, or professional development. This may include paying off student loans, tuition, job board memberships, conference fees, etc.
Previous winners come from roles across the sport industry, including:
Other Sport Professionals
Click below to read a winning essay by Alexis Conaway, the Graduate Assistant Director of Volleyball Operations at LSU:
Fall 2022 Reflection Scholarship Winning Essay:
Scholarship Award Amounts:
The Fall 2023 Scholarship Application Process
To apply, complete the steps below:
This past June, Uncommon Sports Group hosted the first-ever Christians Working in Sports (CWS) Conference in Minneapolis, MN. Select ONE of the following messages from the conference to listen to:
Jon Gordon, Author & Speaker: Love.Serve.Care
Kelli Masters, Sports Agent: Living on Mission
2. Reflect & Write
After you have listened to one of the above messages from the 2023 CWS Conference, please reflect on the following questions:
How did the message you chose challenge you as a Christian working, or aspiring to work, in the sport industry?
How did the message you chose encourage or inspire you as a Christian working, or aspiring to work, in the sport industry?
What is one practical step you can take to apply what you learned in the message you chose to your life as a Christian working, or aspiring to work, in the sport industry?
Write your answers to the above questions in a 500-800 word essay.
Your essay must include your name, present employer, and role.
Your essay must be between 500-800 words in length.
Please note the word count on your submission.
Your essay must be submitted in a PDF file format.
Once you have completed your essay, you may submit the file and your application below. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Do I need to travel somewhere to participate in the USG Academy?Our 8-week USG Academy is a fully remote program that consists of virtual weekly prayer time and check-ins. The Impact Weekend at the end of the Academy will require you to travel. All travel and weekend expenses are covered by the $100 payment.
What will my daily and weekly commitment look like through the USG Academy?Your daily requirement will be to read a chapter in The Purpose Driven Life and answer devotional questions. These take around 30 minutes each day. Weekly assignments include a 30-45 minute call with your USG Coach, a strengths assessment, writing your testimony, a professional informational interview, completing a resume, and participating in a discussion board.
What age range normally participates in the USG Academy?We focus primarily on college students and young professionals that range between 18 and 30 years old. If you are older and want to be involved, please reach out! We have ambassador roles for those that are more established in their career.
Why is the USG Academy imperative to becoming a member?We want to make sure that each of our members posses the basic tools and understanding to live out their faith in the sport industry. By completing the Academy you will be prepared to connect your faith with your professional and personal life.
Once I'm a member, what does that mean?"As a member of USG, you will have access to our growing list of resources. This includes: - Our USG Connect App (similar to a Facebook or Linkedin specifically for Christian sport industry professionals) - Fully-funded international and domestic missions trips - Fully-funded conferences & events - Book/Bible studies - Professional development resources (resume reviews, mock interviews, informational interviews, etc.) Check out our membership page here!
Once I become a member, is there anything I have to do to keep up my membership status? Do I ever have to renew my membership?Once you are a member there are no fees or requirements to keep your membership status year to year. To best serve you and our network we would encourage continued participation and involvement. When offering our fully-funded resources, we look to offer these resources to members that are still working or desire to work in the sport industry, as well!
What is Clean Out For A Cause?Clean Out For A Cause (COFAC) is the primary funding source for USG. Hundreds of college and professional sport teams donate their used and excess gear to our warehouse. We then process these donations and sell them on our ecommerce store, Authentic Athletic Apparel. 100% of the profits are then used for our ministry.
Is there a difference between Managers On A Mission and USG?There is only one key difference between Managers On A Mission and USG! We previously made our mission trips the way of passage for becoming a member. However, USG's format for becoming a member is our USG Academy. Why? We realized that not everyone can complete a 2-4 week mission trip and we wanted to make sure more young sport industry professionals had access to our opportunities and resources.