Our values

ACCOUNTABLE. Scholarship Connect has a clear, transparent structure and strategy which allows and encourages responsibility. We take ownership of situations and take appropriate action to ensure a positive and timely resolution to any issues.

VALUE DRIVEN. Scholarship Connect consistently delivers high quality and cost-effective solutions that exceed expectations. We have the ability to work with client's and coaches on an individual and highly personalised basis, increasing the effectiveness of our contribution and thereby delivering an unparalleled service in our field.

INNOVATION. Scholarship Connect like change. We deliver original, creative and thought provoking solutions to client's individual specifications. We learnt from competitor mistakes. We try new ideas and differentiate ourselves through imaginative and individually tailored personal solutions. Most of our continuous research is focused around disruptive interventions.

KNOWLEDGE. Scholarship Connect understands the evolving demands and influences within the environment our student-athletes face. As such, we continually review our resources, experience and expertise to ensure we are capable of delivering the very best client-focused service.

PARTNERSHIPS. Scholarship Connect engages in lasting partnerships which are mutually beneficial. Our communication, understanding and open-mindedness are the foundations of relationships and development of partnerships of trust with clients and organisations alike.

SCHOLARSHIP CONNECT was founded in 2011 after we spent 8 years researching and voluntarily assisting student-athletes to US colleges and universities.

Our staff are vastly experienced in the key skill areas of talent identification and development. We have built up countrywide (USA) networks of coach contacts and  developed strong friendships with many coaches over the years due to the honesty and integrity with which we afford their programs.

Hundreds of players have chased their dream through Scholarship Connect who are not only the leading supplier of North-East talent, but also a large supplier to the Sunshine States of Florida, Georgia, Texas, Arizona and California.


Who we work with

Scholarship Connect are Consultants, not Agents.  In the UK, USA and Canada we work with many colleges and universities as well as private schools and independent programs, including elite academies and development centres. We are indeed the recommended provider for a number of programs throughout The World.  We work closely with players released from professional clubs as well as regional, county and national level players at various representative levels. Many players have been placed on scholarship through ourselves who are ex-Football League or Premier League Scholars, or England Schools or England College players. We also work directly with professional football clubs in the UK as well as private clients from regular amateur soccer. We do not work with players who have an Agent or Intermediary representative. It is illegal for players to enter the US collegiate system if they have either a verbal or written agreement of current or future representation with an Agent or Intermediary Representative. We do not engage players we deem potentially ineligible for NCAA, NAIA or NJCAA soccer.



The US scholarship placement industry is unregulated. Sometimes private individuals establish accreditation firms to discredit genuine consultants. This industry has many good consultancy businesses and we pride ourselves on being a leader. The UK Office of Fair Trading and List of Regulatory Authorities do not provide a Regulator or Authority (to Regulate) the industry. Scholarship providers must by their own conscience, do everything possible to act in the best interests of and to satisfy the requirements of clients, colleges / universities, and the US regulatory athletic bodies of the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA. Our number one consideration at Scholarship Connect is the ‘well-being’ of our clients. We full counsel clients about USA opportunities. We provide 24/7 assistance. We keep fees low and service level high. We operate with honesty, fairness and professionalism. We fully respect and work to the requirements of the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA. We operate with high integrity, carrying out our work with due skill, care and diligence. Where remedial work is required, this is provided free of charge (in accordance with the provisions of our Terms). We explain in advance the award of a soccer scholarship by a US college or university is not guaranteed, and is determined by the player's academic and athletic ability. We meet with players and their parents when consulting.

Ross McGuigan graduated with a Degree in Business after studying and playing for NCAA DII California State University San Bernardino
Goalkeeper Lee Clark spent 2 years at NJCAA College of Southern Maryland before finishing his Marketing Degree with NAIA Keiser University West Palm Beach Florida. Lee is currently studying for his Masters Degree in New York City.
Jake Winship (Director, Scholarship Connect). In addition to his college career, Jake played in the NPSL (National Premier Soccer League) which is the equivalent of 4th tier USA pro. Jake played two summers with Kraze United of Orlando, Florida. NPSL is considered a USA pro-league development level.
Jack Fisher is a former Bradford City Apprentice who spent 2 years playing NCAA DII soccer for the current National Champions Barry University Miami (Florida). Jack then transferred through Scholarship Connect to play out his last 2 seasons at NCAA DI St Peters University, New Jersey. He graduated with a Degree in Accountancy and Finance.
James Pounder played NCAA D1 soccer for top ranking Columbia University New York City. He graduated in Accounting and James now works in recruitment in Tokyo, Japan.
Jordan Skelton is a former England Schoolboy - one of many former ESFA players to be placed on a soccer scholarship by Scholarship Connect. Jordan played for NCAA DII Lander University South Carolina and also PDL soccer for Mississippi Brilla.
Callum Challinor played Juco soccer at Santa Barbara City College California  (Santa Barbara is one of the most beautiful cities in the World). He completed his studies and was a top performance for NCAA  DII West Texas A&M University.