Collegiate Program

Greetings TNBA Family,

Through my communications with bowling coaches from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), several have expressed an interest in female bowlers out of the TNBA Junior Programs for their respective university’s women’s bowling teams.

Listed below are the twenty-seven HBCU schools and some of the requirements and expectations for their programs:


Alabama A&M University Normal, AL
Alabama State University Montgomery, AL
Bethune-Cookman University Daytona Beach, FL
Bowie State University Baltimore, MD
Chowan University Murfreesboro, NC
Coppin State University Baltimore, MD
Delaware State University Dover, DE
Elizabeth City State University Elizabeth City, NC
Fayetteville State University Fayetteville, NC
Florida A&M University Tallahassee, FL
Grambling State University Grambling, LA
Howard University Washington, DC
Jackson State University Jackson, MS
Johnson C. Smith University Charlotte, NC
Livingstone College Salisbury, NC
Morgan State University Baltimore, MD
Norfolk State University Norfolk, VA
North Carolina A&T University Greensboro, NC
North Carolina Central University Durham, NC
Prairie View A&M University Prairie View, TX
Shaw University Raleigh, NC
Southern A&M University Baton Rouge, LA
St. Augustine’s University Raleigh, NC
Texas Southern University Houston, TX
University of Maryland Eastern Shore Princess Anne, MD
Virginia State University St. Petersburg, VA
Virginia Union University Richmond, VA
  • A minimum 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) — some schools may require at least a 2.5 GPA.
  • A minimum qualifying score from either the ACT or SAT exam (each school has their own requirements.)
  • A current high school transcript (including 1st semester of their senior year) is needed in most cases, unless the athlete signs a letter of intent during the November early signing period.
  • Before any athletic/academic scholarship can be offered, the bowler must receive a clearance from the NCAA Eligibility Center. This action must be initiated by her high school counselor.
  • Most schools can offer a combination athletic/academic scholarship depending on the GPA and ACT or SAT scores.
  • All schools have some type of strength and conditioning program that will include weight lifting and cardio training.
  • There is the potential for having up to 20 hours per week devoted to bowling activities. This will be far more extensive than your 3 game Saturday league and or Sunday travel league bowling.
  • The bowler MUST be coachable, have a positive attitude and have a passion for bowling! Coaches have different average expectations.
  • The minimum average I have heard so far is 150. This is why a video of the bowler is crucial for the coach’s decision making process.
  • Suggestions from coaches include wearing loose fitting clothing (no tight fitting jeans.)
  • Include videos with application. The video should capture front, back and both sides of the bowler.
  • When shooting at spares, make sure you “follow the shot,” even if there is no doubt that you are going to make the spare. This shows attitude.
  • Coaches want to see how you react/respond to the pressure in the 10th frame as the anchor bowler and the match is on the line!
  • Don’t be afraid to show your personality. You will have to interact with teammates on a daily basis.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me,  Keith Bridgeforth.  I look forward to assisting junior female bowlers in obtaining scholarship information for collegiate bowling.

Keith R. Bridgeforth
TNBA Collegiate Program Director