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.

Berks County Scholastic Athletic Trainer's Association Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is open to U.S. high school seniors who attend a high school in Berks County, Penn., that employs or contracts with an athletic trainer. Students must have participated in student training in at least one sport for two or more years and must intend to pursue a four-year degree in sports medicine; first preference will be given to students who intend to become certified athletic trainers.

Total: $500 Awards:  6
Deadline:  March 15

Lee Brennan Memorial Scholarship

This award is available for U.S. high school seniors who are graduating from Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo, California OR are an active participant of a U.S. Diving Southern Pacific Association Diving Team.

Total: $2000 Awards:  17
Deadline:  March 15

FLAG Flag Football Scholarship

This award is available for graduating high school seniors in Massachusetts who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. Applicants must participate in athletics and serve as a constant role-model or advocate for LGBT causes.

Total: $1 Awards:  5000
Deadline:  March 16

Notah Begay III Scholarship Program

This award is available for U.S. graduating high school seniors who have been residents of New Mexico for one year or more and attend a New Mexico high school. Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, be Native American with a blood quantum of 25 percent or more, and participate in high school varsity-level sports.

Total: $2000 Awards:  2
Deadline:  March 22

Sports Unlimited Scholarship

This scholarship is available for high school seniors, college freshman, and college sophomores who are active participants in any sport. To apply, students must submit an essay about an experience overcoming adversity to achieve athletic success.

Total: $1000 Awards:  2
Deadline:  April 25

Littlefield Wildcat Athletic Scholarship Fund

This award is available for graduating seniors at Littlefield High School in Littlefield, Texas. Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate involvement in school or community sports.

Total: $2000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  May 01

Meldon Law Scholar Athlete Program

This scholarship is open to high school seniors in the North Central Florida area (Columbia, Dixie, Marion, Alachua, Gilchrist, Bradford, Hamilton, Madison, Putnam, Suwanee, and Union counties). Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and be a major contributer in their sport.

Total: $1000 Awards:  27
Deadline:  May 01

Fisher Cats Foundation Scholarship

New Hampshire and Massachusetts graduating high school seniors are eligible for this award. Students must participate in athletics; applications will be judged on academic performance, athletic achievement, and citizenship.

Total: $2500 Awards:  12
Deadline:  May 04

Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship

This scholarship is open to U.S. high school juniors who have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher. Students must participate in an individual or team sport sponsored by a school or local club.

Total: $2000 Awards:  73
Deadline:  May 31

Columbia College of Missouri Talent Award

This award is for U.S. students who are planning to attend or are currently attending Columbia College of Missouri. Students must demonstrate talent in art, music, or athletics to be eligible for this award.

Total: $3000 Awards:  10
Deadline:  May 31

TFMJF Advancement of Women in Sports & Entertainment Scholarship

Current undergraduate women in Nevada are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Applicants must be majoring in public relations, communication, media studies, marketing or journalism and must be planning to pursue a career in sports or sports broadcasting.

Total: $1000 Awards:  4
Deadline:  June 15

BigSun Scholarship

The BigSun Athletics Scholarship is offered to high school seniors and undergraduate students without regard to any particular sport.

Total: $500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  June 19