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March Madness is Back! Tourney News and Scholarships

The tournament will look a little different this year -- but it's happening!

Kathryn Knight Randolph

March 03, 2021

Get your brackets ready: March Madness is back. Celebrate by applying for college scholarships.
March Madness is Back! Tourney News and Scholarships
It’s March, again. Or has it always been March? Like most milestones and setbacks in 2020 and 2021, memes have perfectly articulated how we’re all feeling, and those that reflect on the fact that it’s been a full year since the start of the pandemic in the U.S. got it just right. Like this Netflix tweet: Fortunately, 2021 is starting to feel a little different…finally. With three vaccines on the market and the number of Americans fully vaccinated against Coronavirus increasing every day, we’re inching our way back to normal.

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However, plenty of us are still reeling from the drastic changes to our normal in the past year. In March 2020, college athletes and fans alike were devastated by the decision to cancel March Madness – the first major event to become a victim of #CancelEverything; but this year, there is cause to celebrate because March Madness is back!

March Madness Bounces Back

In October 2020, the NBA successfully finished out its season, quarantining as teams in hotels at Walt Disney World and only leaving to play games and practice. The March Madness tournament will seek to do the same, playing the entire tournament in and around Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Two courts will be set up at Lucas Oil Stadium, the home of the Indianapolis Colts. Games will also be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, which hosts the Indiana Pacers. Area colleges, like Butler University, Purdue University, and Indiana University, will hold games in addition to the Indiana Farmers Coliseum at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Teams will be housed on dedicated floors at hotels around Indianapolis and will be completely quarantined with one another, with private dining and transportation to and from games. Spectators will be allowed; however, all stands will be limited to 25%, according to the Indy Star. It is very likely the stands will be filled with family – and those that were willing to pay an exorbitant amount for tickets. Selection Sunday will take place on March 14, but experts are already hedging their bets on who will be the number one seeds in each conference. Bleacher Report predicts that we’ll see a March Madness appearance from Gonzaga, Michigan, Baylor, and Illinois.

Scholarships to Celebrate March Madness

Whether you’re an aspiring college athlete, a huge basketball fan, or completely indifferent toward sports, you can still celebrate March Madness and athletics through scholarship opportunities. Here are scholarships you can apply for now: $2,500 March Madness Scholarship Contest
Deadline: March 31, 2021 Award Amount: $2,500 Finances are a huge part of the college experience—and often the most stressful. But that’s why CollegeXpress is here to help! Register on CollegeXpress this month and tell us: What is your favorite college mascot? Not only could you win our monthly scholarship, but we’ll also help you get the answers you need. Scholarship open for high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors & seniors only. Learn more about the $2,500 March Madness Scholarship Contest. Also, if you’re clueless about college mascots, check out our picks for the best college mascots on TikTok. Miss Jamey Elizabeth Collins JV Cheerleading Award Deadline: Varies Award Amount: Varies The Miss Jamey Elizabeth Collins JV Cheerleading Award is available to students at the University of South Carolina. You must be a Junior Varsity Cheerleader to be eligible for this award. Learn more about the Miss Jamey Elizabeth Collins JV Cheerleading Award. Snowboard Scholarship – Sierra Nevada Scholarship Deadline: Varies Award Amount: Varies The Snowboard Scholarship is available to students at Sierra Nevada College. You must be a member of the SNC Ski/Snowboard Team to be eligible for this award. Learn more about the Snowboard Scholarship – Sierra Nevada Scholarship. Johnny Garneau “Golden Spike” Volleyball Scholarship Deadline: Varies Award Amount: Varies The Johnny Garneau "Golden Spike" Volleyball Scholarship is available to female incoming freshmen at Clarion University who are members of the volleyball team. You must meet the NCAA eligibility requirements to be thought of for this award. Preference will be given to business majors with a minimum 3.2 high school GPA. You will be automatically considered for the award if you meet the student-athlete criteria. Learn more about the Johnny Garneau “Golden Spike” Volleyball Scholarship. Paul Spector Memorial Scholarship Deadline: Varies Award Amount: Varies The Paul Spector Memorial Scholarship is available to student-athletes at the University of South Carolina. You must demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this award. Learn more about Paul Spector Memorial Scholarship. March Madness Scholars This isn’t an opportunity to win a scholarship, it’s your chance to pay it forward and give a scholarship. March Madness Scholars provides $5,000 in scholarships for the Be A Leader Foundation. Participants can either pay to fill out a bracket or donate directly to the scholarship fund. Four scholarship winners will be selected from the Be A Leader Foundation. For more information, visit Be a Leader Foundation. To find more sports and athletics scholarships as well as financial aid, check out our guide for student athletes. March Madness may also be a great time to scope out colleges if you’re just beginning the college search. As you watch teams play and learn more about the institutions through tournament coverage, be sure to check out Fastweb’s College Search feature to learn more about the schools and see what institutional scholarships are available.

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