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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 & male bowlers out of the TNBA Junior Programs for their respective university’s bowling teams.

Listed below are the twenty eight HBCU schools and locations that offer women’s  collegiate bowling and some of the requirements and expectations for their programs and various campuses that offer Male collegiate bowl.  Each school is listed in conference order:



Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – CIAA

Bowie State University                                Baltimore, MD

Chowan University                                       Murfreesboro, NC

Elizabeth City State University                     Elizabeth City, NC

Fayetteville State University                        Fayetteville, NC

Johnson C. Smith University                        Charlotte, NC

Livingstone College                                      Salisbury, NC

Shaw University                                           Raleigh, NC

Virginia State University                               St. Petersburg, VA

Virginia Union University                              Richmond, VA


Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference – MEAC

Bethune-Cookman University                     Daytona Beach, FL

Coppin State University                               Baltimore, MD

Delaware State University                           Dover, DE

Florida A & M University                              Tallahassee, FL

Howard University                                       Washington, DC

Monmouth University                                   West Long Branch, NJ

Morgan State University                               Baltimore, MD

Norfolk State University                                Norfolk, VA

North Carolina A & T University                  Greensboro, NC

University of Alabama Birmingham            Birmingham, AL

University of Maryland Eastern Shore        Princess Anne, MD


Southwestern Athletic Conference – SWAC

Alabama A & M University                           Normal, AL

Alabama State University                            Montgomery, AL

Grambling State University                          Grambling, LA

Jackson State University                             Jackson, MS

Prairie View A & M University                      Prairie View, TX

Southern A & M University                          Baton Rouge, LA

Texas Southern University                          Houston, TX

Lincoln University                                          Jefferson City, MO

  • 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. Yes, 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 bowlers 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. Some suggestions from coaches that I have received in the past include, wear loose fitting clothing (no tight fitting jeans.) 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 may react/respond to the pressure in the 10th frame of the Baker event as their anchor bowler and the match is on the line! Also, don’t be afraid to show your personality. You will have to interact with teammates on a daily basis.



Listed below are the colleges and universities that offer Male Collegiate Bowling. These schools are not listed in any particular order.


Blue Mountain University                        Blue Mountain, Mississippi

Calumet College                                          Whiting, Indiana

Clarke University                                         Dubuque, Iowa

Davenport University                                  Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand View University                                Des Moines, Iowa

Hastings College                                          Hastings, Nebraska

Hawkeye Community College                     Waterloo, Iowa

Highland Community College                      Freeport, Illinois

Illinois State University                                Normal, Illinois

Iowa Community College                            Fort Dodge, Iowa

Judson University                                        Elgin, Illinois

Lincoln Memorial                                         Harrogate, Tennessee

Lindenwood University                                St. Charles, Missouri

Marian University                                         Indianapolis, Indiana

McKendree University                                 Lebanon, Illinois

Michigan State University                            East Lansing, Michigan

Minnesota State Mankato                            Mankato, Minnesota

Midland University                                       Fremont, Nebraska

Morningside College                                  Sioux City, Iowa

Mount Mercy University                              Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Neumann University                                    Aston, Pennsylvania

New Jersey Institute of Technology            Newark, New Jersey

Notre Dame College                                   Notre Dame, Indiana

Penn State University                                 University Park, Pennsylvania

Purdue University                                       West Lafayette, Indiana

Robert Morris University                              Moon Township, Pennsylvania

Rochester Institute of Technology               Rochester, New York

Rock Valley College                                   Rockford, Illinois

Saginaw Valley State                                 Saginaw, Michigan

St John’s University                                   New York City, New York

William Patterson University                      Wayne, New Jersey

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

Keith R. Bridgeforth
TNBA Collegiate Program Director
(651) 261-9365