Cheerleading Scholarships

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To some, cheerleading hasn’t always been perceived as athletically challenging compared to other sports. However, if you take a look at the gymnastics involved in some of these routines, it’s hard to ignore that cheerleaders are athletes, too. In fact, there are several colleges and organizations that recognize this talent and offer college scholarships to cheerleaders. While most schools rely on actual tryouts rather than participation in high school or on a private league, there are several different types of scholarship opportunities available if you can dance, tumble, and cheer. This list of cheerleading scholarships is a great way to start your search if you plan to have school spirit on the cheer squad at your college or university.

Pride Foundation Varsity Athletics Scholarship

This award is available for U.S. citizens who have been living in Washington state, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, or Alaska for at least one year. Applicants must have experience in participatory athletics, and preferably, at the varsity level. Preference is given to self-identified LGBT students, members of LGBT families, and straight allies who have been supportive of the LGBT community.

Total: $4160 Awards:  1
Deadline:  January 12

Donald S. Groves Scholarship Fund

This award is for U.S. high seniors graduating from Nicholas County High School who are athletes and current residents of West Virginia. The applicant must have a 2.5 grade point average or higher and an ACT score of 20 or higher to be eligible.

Total: $2800 Awards:  1
Deadline:  January 15

Margaret Parsons 'Porky' Moss Scholarship Fund

This award is for U.S. female students who are graduating from South Charleston High School. The applicant must have a 2.5 grade point average or higher and an ACT score of 20 or higher to be eligible.

Total: $600 Awards:  1
Deadline:  January 15

Violet McIntyre Scholarship

The Violet McIntyre Scholarship is available for high school seniors in Pinellas County, Florida who have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher and a demonstrated passion for writing.

Total: $2500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  January 19

Deviny Boese Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is available for high school seniors in Pinellas County, Florida who are active in cheerleading. Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Total: $2500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  January 19

Pinellas All-Star Cheerleading Classic Scholarship

This scholarship is available for high school seniors in Pinellas County, Florida who are active on the high school cheerleading squad. Applicants must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  January 19

Tom E. Halley & Carl W. Parks Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is available for high school seniors in Pinellas County who have a grade point average between 2.0 and 3.0. Selection will be based on participation in community service, athletics, and other community organizations.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  January 19

Ann Liguori Foundation Sports Media Scholarship

This scholarship is available for upperclass undergraduate women who are majoring in communications or journalism. Applicants must reside in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or New York, and must demonstrate participation in athletics and sports.

Total: $2500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  January 26

Salute to Education Scholarship Program

This scholarship is available for high school seniors in Miami-Dade or Broward counties in Florida who have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Students must apply in one of the following categories: athletics; foreign language and language arts; leadership/service; mathematics/computer science; natural science; performing arts; social science; or visual arts and vocational/technical programs.

Total: $1500 Awards:  140
Deadline:  February 05

John A. McCluskey and Helen McCluskey Scholarship

The John A. McCluskey and Helen McCluskey Scholarship scholarship is available for graduating African American seniors at Middleton High School in Middletown, Ohio who display a passion for athletics. Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and demonstrate a commitment to community service.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  February 14

Mickey Forrester Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is available for female graduating seniors at Sullivan East High School in Bluff City, Tennessee. To be eligible, an applicant must have been active on at least one school sports team during her high school years.

Total: $1500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  February 15

Beverage Industry High School Scholarship

This award is available to current high school seniors in California who have a parent, grandparent, or legal guardian who is a proprietor of an establishment with a California liquor license, or who is employed full-time by an individual or corporation holding a California liquor license. To be eligible, the applicant must have participated in one or more of the following extracurricular activities during his/her junior and senior years of high school: community service, athletics, music or th...

Total: $5000 Awards:  38
Deadline:  February 15