Cheerleading is a great American sport, so to encourage this talent, many states and colleges offer cheerleading scholarships. These scholarships acknowledge a student’s cheerleading ability, usually through a tryout along with previous experience and a demonstrated passion. Although cheerleading scholarships hardly ever cover the entire cost of tuition, these scholarships may provide some needed financial help for your educational expenses. Moreover, Ivy League schools are not among the college that offer cheerleading scholarships, or, for that matter, any scholarships based on athletic capability, although other forms of financial aid may be available.
- Davis Law Group Scholar Athlete Program. This scholarship program is for students who are both academically and athletically proficient. Applicants must be from a high school in Washington and have a GPA of at least 3.0. If a student is chosen to win this $100 scholarship, they may apply to the Sportsmanship Essay Contest, which may lead them to win another $1,000.
- Shirley A. Wedge National Cheer and Dance Scholarship. This scholarship awards sums of $500 or $1,000 to successful candidates and cheerleaders must compete at the COA Ultimate National Championship to be eligible for it. This competition is held in Orlando, Florida every Easter. Athletes qualify for this competition by first competing and obtaining a high score in the COA Regional Tournament, which is held in the fall every year.
- Kyle R. Magoto Scholarship Fund. This scholarship award is limited to students who attend Russia High School in Shelby County, Ohio. Eligible candidates include high school seniors planning to study as full-time students at an accredited undergraduate institution. Moreover, candidates should have a GPA of at least 3.0 in high school and must have participated in at least five athletic seasons while in high school.
Other than the few scholarships mentioned above, it is always a good idea to approach your intended college’s financial aid department and ask about any financial aid that you may be eligible for because of your cheerleading experience in high school.