Financial aid, especially for students, is definitely no one-size-fits-all quest. Funding for an education takes many shapes and forms and includes a wide range of possibilities. Grants, scholarships, and students loans are basic resources for many college students. These funds are used for tuition, study books, housing, transportation, or any other expenses related to higher education.
All programs may provide valuable support but grants and scholarships offer usually the best terms for college students simply because these support funds don’t need to be repaid. Loans such as issued by Federal Student Loan Programs may be a great help when gifted students are left under-funded, but student loans eventually will come due and there always is interest to be paid.
Government-sponsored financial assistance is a common phenomenon within the entire US college student body. But there are also other forms of financial support available to specific groups. Women, ethnic minorities, highly gifted students, or other student bodies are eligible for financial support to increase campus diversity and foster better higher education opportunities for historically or traditionally under-represented groups. So let’s see how you can use your specific unique left-handed trait to secure financial aid to pay for your college education.
Left-handed students have access to scholarships designed specifically to support southpaws meet their college expenses. Scholarships for only lefties are just about as common as scholarships for natural redheads. There is one Pennsylvania university, though, that provides actually financial support for both groups. See also this post about niche scholarships.
Juniata College (Huntingdon, PA) offers the “Frederick & Mary Buckley Scholarship” specifically for left-handed students. This financial assistance is worth $1000 – $1500 and available to lefties enrolled at this small, liberal arts school. The unique scholarship is offered in memory of Mary Francis Beckley, a Juniata College graduate who donated $24,000 to the school for this unique initiative.
Since the scholarship’s inception (in 1979), more than 40 left-handed students have received financial support through the fund and awards are granted to juniors, sophomores, and seniors that attend the college in Huntingdon. Lefties with a successful academic track record and who are in need of financial support are all encouraged to apply. To learn more about what it takes to become an EKG technician, go to this interesting post.
The Vicki L. Schechtman Scholarship supports female left-handed undergraduate students. To be eligible, applicants need to pursue a degree in science. Additionally, female students looking for a career in research are given preference. All left-handed female freshman students may apply for this one-of-a-kind award. Applicants Students need to have at least a 3.0-GPA and be citizens of the United States. This scholarship is provided by the Association for Women in Science (AWIS).
James River Church in Springfield, Missouri, offers a left-hand scholarship program to support students who are using their left hand. All left-handed high school graduates can participate in the “James River Leadership Club” competition, and the winner will receive a $500 award.
American Dissertation Scholarships offers left-handed female students the chance to win a dissertation scholarship. The scholarship gives left-handed undergraduate students the chance to have some extra income while they’re working on their dissertations. Qualifying students need to have approval for their dissertations, have completed all their coursework and passes their exams. Eligible students may come from any STEM field. For more information on FAFSA applications, check out this post.
Diablo Valley College Foundation Left-Handed Scholarship. DVC (Pleasant Hill, California) offers a scholarship for their left-handed students who are just as unique and diverse as the entire DVC student population (around 22,000 students). To see more easy scholarships (not only for lefties) click here.
The Midwest Roofing Contractors Association (MRCA) offers a leftie scholarship for graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in a university or college, or high school seniors who are provisionally accepted at a school with at least a 3.0-GPA or a B-Average equivalent. The MRCA Foundation Board of Directors decides on the number and the dollar amount of the foundation’s scholarships.