Are There Scholarships for Left Handed People?
By Lora Keleher
, last updated December 22, 2011
Although the question of whether schools provide scholarships for left handed people may strike you as a bit bizarre, scholarships are available for some pretty unusual things. If you are interested in developing the next candy bar, can create a prom outfit out of duck tape, or are exceptionally tall or short, you could be awarded a scholarship. With the rising costs of college education, students are looking for creative ways to fund their educations, and scholarships for all different types of unusual hobbies, skills, or physical attributes are increasingly being sought after. Yes, there is even a scholarship for left handed people, but currently there’s only one offered in the nation.
In the past, left handed people were often frequently stigmatized, and many left handed individuals were forced into writing with their right hands. Thus, it’s difficult to know exactly what percentage of the population is left handed, but it’s estimated to be around 11 percent. Although the prejudice against left handed people has largely waned over the years, left handed students do encounter unique educational challenges. Many times desks and computers are designed or setup for use by right handed people, which can pose unique difficulties for left handed students. Thus, if you are left handed, beyond scholarships, you may wish to look for schools that are equipped to the benefit of both right and left handed students.
Frederick and Mary F. Buckley Scholarship
Left handed students lucky enough to attend Juniata College in Pennsylvania can apply for the Frederick and Mary F. Buckley Scholarship. Established in 1979, the scholarship awards $1,000 to $1,500 to lucky left handed students, and has assisted over 40 people in funding their college educations. To qualify, applicants must have been attending the school for a year, and must meet requirements beyond simply being left handed. Lefties who apply for the scholarship must also demonstrate leadership excellence and academic success by maintaining at least a 3.39 GPA. When applying, you may need to provide references willing to testify to the fact that you’re left handed.
Left handed students not interested in enrolling in Juniata College still have plenty of options for financing their educations. Scholarships don’t discriminate on the basis of whether you’re right or left handed, and you can still apply for federally backed financial aid, or a host of other scholarships. Over $150 billion in grants, loans, and work study programs, is awarded to students by the US Department of Education. Although most government backed aid is based solely on financial need, there are non subsidized loans that don’t limit the income level necessary to qualify. Additionally, many colleges and universities provide school specific scholarships to assist students in financing their educations. If you have a high GPA, demonstrated leadership skills, or a high level of athletic, artistic or musical skill, then your chances of obtaining a merit based scholarship are much higher. The more options you create, the better your chances are of finding an outside source to fund your higher education.