Left Handed Scholarships & Grants

With college tuition rising at an average of 8% a year, it is definitely worth it to try and obtain grants and scholarships to help with tuition and living expenses. One day college may be free again, but for now it is costly. There are multiple avenues and sources of funding for college undergrads, but the best place to start is by applying for the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Federal Aid

FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is available at fafsa.ed.gov. It will take into account you (and your parents, if you are under 24) previous year’s income and other variables to help determine how much you and your family should be contributing to college expenses. The college you plan to attend will receive the application, and from there will create a financial aid package that may include grants, some institutional scholarships, and federal student loans.

Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is a need based grant, and currently maxes out at $5,500 per school year.

Stafford Loans

Loaned directly from the government, Stafford Loans are the best option if you and your family choose to take on student debt. Financial aid packages are usually front loaded, meaning you get the most amount of free money for tuition during your first years in college.

As you progress through your freshman and sophomore years, the amount of Stafford Loans you are able to take out goes up. Visit http://www.finaid.org/loans/studentloan.phtml for more in depth information on Federal Stafford Loans.

More Financial Aid Sources

Institutional Aid

Most colleges, private and public, will give some form of institutional aid to its incoming students. Dollar amounts will vary from person to person and from college to college, and are usually determined by factors such as financial need and academic merit. It is advised to apply to multiple colleges and see who gives the best financial aid package.

Private Loans

If you choose to do so, you can shop around different lenders for low rates on private student loans. Note, however, that banks are not as forgiving in regards to payment terms as the federal government is, so proceed with caution.

Many times the financial aid package won’t cover everything. There are outside grants and scholarships available to individuals who meet certain criteria, such as: belonging to a certain Native American tribe, first in the family to attend college, or simply being left handed.

Scholarships & Grants for Lefties

Grants and scholarships for left handed students would fall under the “unusual” category. But when a wealthy person decides to give away portions of their estate to others in need, they get to call the shots. A particular grantor may have had trouble in school as a left handed student, and later in life found it necessary to give a little back to people who may be experiencing the same difficulties.

One such grantor is the Frederick and Mary T. Beckley Scholarship for Left Handed Students. Up to $1,000 is awarded to a student who meets their criteria, but only if that student is attending Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA. You can visit their website and look around to see if any of their academic programs are of interest to you http://www.juniata.edu/. Unfortunately, that is the only verified scholarship available to specifically left handed students. However many left handed students are creative types & may apply for various other artistic scholarships & various weird scholarship programs.

Other Sources of Funding

Visit sites such as finaid.org, studentaid.ed.gov, fastweb.com, and browse around to see if you meet other criteria in which there is another source of college funding. Of course, always check with your college or prospective colleges to see what kinds of scholarships and grants are available, and when the deadline to apply is. Your local library is also a valuable resource, and most usually carry detailed lists of grantors and their selection criteria.

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33 Comments on “Left Handed Scholarships & Grants”

  1. Devonte Berryman Says:

    I think it is pretty cool that we have a grant for people like me. Funny too because I used do be made fun of this unusual trait of mine. My name is Devonte Berryman and im currently looking did grants because im struggling greater Ghana u think. Im working a part fine job and all my money didn’t even Co to college. It helps around the household too. My mothers a single parent and I’ve been without a father since I was.born. Im 17 with there younger brothers whom I love to death. Tao 8 year old twins, a 13 year old, and one coming in about 5 months. I can really use the money and promise to use it only for college, im also faking art classes because I love to draw, it’s in my nature. Well I would love if you can.support me. Hope to here your message soon. Thank you!

  2. Kyle Tucker Says:

    Hi my name is Kyle Tucker I’m 23 and I have three sisters and two brothers. A little about me, I’m currently an employee at Forever 21 and I can honestly say this has been the best job I’ve ever had and I’m very blessed and thankful. This is also the lowest payed job I’ve ever had, but I enjoy it because for the first time in my life I wake up everyday and I don’t say “I hate my job”. I served two years in the United States Marine Core until I was Admin Seperated. I enjoyed serving my country and I am very proud of myself and my government. And the story on how I became a “Lefty” funny thing is I didn’t even start of life as a “lefty” but I ended up becoming one at a young age. I grew up second oldest to my sister, and grew up in a competetive environment. My older sister was better than me in everything, but I wasn’t the jealous type. I actually wanted to be like her. So whenever she did things i would tag along and copy her every move. She was born a lefty, so me being the younger brother that wanted to be like her, I copied her and ever since I’ve been able to use both hands (being ambidextrious)with my left hand ending up being my dominant hand. I’m really hoping to obtaining this grant because it will really help out with school (being that I don’t make alot a year). I also want to be the first person In my family to graduate from college. And I just want to better myself and make sure that I can keep my mother and family happy. Hopefully I can recieve support from your grant and looking forward to being a representative of your grant. Hope to hear from you soon and Thank you for the opportunity.

  3. Jamarcus harrell Says:

    Hello my name is Jamarcus Harrell. im a student at SPC, I’m my mom only child she is single parent.I want to be the first person In my family to graduate from college.I’m just trying to better myself so i can help my mother out later on in life. So i’m looking forward to this obtaining for this grant because it will really help out with college and my future.I Hope to hear from you soon and Thank you.

  4. Joshua Riley Says:

    To whom it may concern:

    I never thought being left handed would make me a candidate for a college grant. Awesome.

    My name is Joshua Riley and I am 22 years old. I am the youngest out of four children and the only one who has obtained a degree. I would like to go and pursue more educational goals so I will not have to struggle the many hardships Ive seen from my family. For instance, my mother has always been a major impact in my life whether it be good or bad regarding influence. She was diagnosed with Werenike’s Encephalopathy when I was 16 due to her bouts with Alcohol addiction. My whole life has been surrounded by police, alcohol, court and at times violence but my mom is still the most important person in my life. I want to continue to build a path of success to be able to take care of her and show her through everything I still managed to make it through and catch the many stars that await me. I pray that I hear from you sooner than later.

    Thank you for this opportunity

  5. Blake Hudon Says:

    Hello, my name is Blake Hudon. I am currently a freshmen at a community college. After my first year I plan to transfer to a four year university to improve my education. I dont come from much in my family. I only have a single parent mom that tries to make as much money as she can to support me in my future schooling. I go to school full time and also work part time but still i’m low on money. My dad killed himself when i was six years old from all the drugs he was on. Til this day its hard on me and my mom to get trough life without anyone supporting us. I would love it if anyone could be our guardian angel and help us with our money problems so i can continue my years at college. Thank you for listening. Pleas email me if you have any questons at all. regishudonb@yahoo.com

    Ps. I am a very proud lefty!!!

  6. Patrick Grabowski Says:

    Hello, my name is Patrick Grabowski– currently I am a sophomore at a local junior college to help save money for my continuing education. I plan on majoring in film, however, the schools I am interested in transferring to are very expensive. I come from a family of left handed people and I myself am left-handed so the opportunity to receive money for college because of my handiness is truly awesome. I enjoy being apart of a select group of individuals and I hope I can receive this grant for being a minority. I am looking for all sorts of grants and scholarships to help pay for college and earning this one would be ideal; right is right, but left certainly isn’t wrong

  7. Kali Stewart Says:

    Hello my name is Kali and I go to school for cosmetology and I love it. I went to school to me a Cosmo to make people feel better about themselves and to but a smile on there face. Being left handed has been difficult on my learn and trying to do it opposite them my teach but it giving me the advanced to better my learning. I love being lefted Handed and being creative with my work. I love what I do and want to grow in the industries I love I go to la James international college in davenport ia. And I love it

  8. Raquel Da Sant Says:

    Hello my name is Raquel Da Sant; I am single parent and currently attending the University of Phoenix Online where I am majoring in Business and Finance. I am left handed in which I inherited this crafty hand from my father. I feel extremely privilege that there is grant available only for left handed individuals. I truly embrace being left handed and being among the select few, I wouldn’t change even if I could. I remember growing up going to school my teacher would hit me on my hand to try and get me to write with my right hand.
    Well that did not work I was just more determine to write more with my left hand. I am hoping to receive this grant in order for me to finish my education in 2013 being that my Pell grant has been exhausted. Knowing that I have come this far I would hate to stop now being that my funds have depleted. I really want to show my son what it means to keep pressing forward. It’s not an easy road travel but in the end when I walk that stage in 2013 it will be well worth it, hope I will be the luck candidate to receive this grant.

  9. Sophia Lira Says:

    All my life growing up as the only Left handed person in a family of 7 was not something i really liked to enjoy, especially at school. In Physical Education, they would always separate me from everyone else because i was left handed basically i was left all alone i always had to do the opposite of what normal right handed teens did. it really made me feel excluded. my friends would make fun of me because of but till this day as a 17 year old senior in High School i am glad to say that i am LEFT HANDED and im proud it. People now say that their jealous of me because of it and that they wish they had the capability of writing with the opposite hand, but i just tell them “its not really a change.” i would really like to have this opportunity for this Grant/Scholarship because as of now i am looking forward to going to a college to become a teacher and right now i could use all the help i can get because money is really tight right now in my words.

    Thank you so much for reading,
    Please contact me if you would like to know anything else.

  10. Kaleigh Kelso Says:

    My name is Kaleigh Kelso, and I am a high school senior. I am left handed and very proud. My hand writing is not the best, but it really helps surprise coaches when I play volleyball. I can hit the ball in different directions more naturally than people who are right handed, giving me an upper hand against the opposing team. It does stink to get ink/graphite stains on my pinky from smearing or dragging my hand on the paper, but I like to be different. I love to be involved and go outside of the social norm by not drinking or doing drugs. So, just like being left handed, I am kind of in the minority. I enjoy singing, volleyball, shopping, and theater. I plan to go to a college in Missouri and study elementary education and childrens psychology.

    Thank you so much.

  11. Tricia Williams Says:

    Hello my name is tricia but perfer to be called trish. I myself am the only left handed in my family. Im 16 years old I have two younger brothers and my mother, as for my step father he’s doing time but i’d just like to say this grant and scholarship is very cool my teacher advise me to look it up and i craked a smile knowing there’s a chance for left handed people such as myself and many others…Whoop Whoop thats cool….

  12. Devan Mayfield Says:

    I am the youngest of 3 children and am looking to continue my education as a Pharmacy Technician. This past year has been really tough my family fell apart and I’m pretty much left to pick up the pieces. I work very hard to support myself and help out my family as much as I can. I would like to make something of myself and prove to my family and myself that you can do anything as long as people set there minds to it. The left handed grant is a great opportunity for us rare individuals.

    Thank you so much for reading, I look forward to hearing from you.

  13. SUE GREG Says:

    You’ve got to be kidding me??????????????? Left handed is a reason to get $$.. No wonder our gov’t is broke

  14. Rebecca DeSplinter Says:

    I am a senior in High School And am looking to attend Grand Canyon University. I have an older brother that is also left handed but we are the only two lefties in our whole family. I had brain surgery April 9th 2012 and all of our money went to those bills. This is an amazing chance for me to have a chance at persuing my dream of becoming a Nurse in the Pediatric ICU. This scholarship would make such a difference on what my family and I can afford and where I can further my eduacation.

    Thank you for taking the time to read this.
    Rebecca DeSplinter

  15. Rebecca Mackey Says:

    Hello, I graduated this past June, was planning going to school in the fall, but my father died on September 9, 2012 of a massive heart attack, before he could help me get my paper work to school. My dad was my best friend, I miss having long talks with him, he was my source for information. He knew everthing (to me), if he didn’t know he would research it and get back with me. My dad got laied off from GM motors, He enrolled back to school earned a degree in Bio-Medical before he died. I’m the only ” left handed person” in both sides of my family for as it goes way back. My parents would tell me I did come from their family because of being left handed, different. My blood type is O positive, and give all the time. I just want to help people, my grandmother was an RN for over 60 yrs , and I want to follow in her foot steps to help people, pay it forward! Thank You for the considerition.

  16. Lefty Says:

    It sucks being a lefty.
    Writing in a spiral notebook while the metal spirals are getting in your way.
    Having to sit in desks that are barred up on the left side so you can move your elbow, or not having anything on the left side of the desk to prop your elbow up when you write.
    Also smearing everything that you have written on a paper and getting the lead or ink all over this side of your hand.
    Aaah ! When will this madness stop !

  17. Nouseng Yang Says:

    Good afternoon, My name is Nouseng Yang i’am currently attending ATU as a student.This would be my second semester as a student here. I’am exicted to know that there is grants for left handed people like me, which can make a big impact in my daily life. As of right now i’am taking loans to support me to be able to help me and my wife in paying our bills and my parents house. My parents are getting old i think its a good idea for them to maybe take a break from work. I would be an honor to recieve the grant to help me in school for finishing up my major in health and physical education. thanks for your time and may god bless you.

  18. Braja Fritz Says:

    Hello my name is Braja Fritz and I am currently a senior in high school. I’ve always heard about Left-handed scholarships but I never thought people were serious when they told me about them. I plan to be the first one out of my family to go to college and I want to make it a HUGE deal since no one has ever had the money to go. I’m very excited about this opportunity and hope that you take me into consideration. It would really mean the world to me if I could start getting the education to start my dream job as a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Nurse. Thank you!

  19. Nicole Ferrier Says:

    To whom it may concern: I am very excited to learn that left handed people like me may earn a grant. I am excited to attend college in the Fall, but I could really use some assistance with the college debt. I have a 4.2 gpa and try really hard at my studies. I am a good person. I coach young girls in gymnastics. I also on Link Crew where I help younger students. Please consider me for your left handed grant. I would be most grateful to you. Thank you so much!

  20. Lexie Wease Says:

    Hello, my name is Lexie Wease. I am currently a high school senior graduating in June and am looking to attend The University of Alabama. ROLL TIDE! I am so excited to hopefully attend in the fall; however, money is always an issue with going somewhere as an out of state student. It can be very expensive. The University of Alabama is my dream school and has one of the best nursing programs in the country! I really hope that you take me into consideration. It would mean so much to me. Every little bit of money counts.

  21. Brandi Miller Says:

    Hi, my name is Brandi Miller and i’m a highschool senior student attending Hammond High Magnet School in Hammond, Louisiana. I am 17 years of age and im currently working at Piggly Wiggly in Independence, Louisiana. I am beyond grateful for all the things i have been blessed with in my life. I am a very open minded, inquirer. Being left handed can have a few negative effects, but i believe that the positive overcomes the bad, simply because, we lefthanded people are unique, and can have a lot of different talents that most right handed people do not attain. I would like you to consider me for this scholarship. Thank you so much for your consideration, Brandi

  22. Jbug Says:

    Sue Greg, stick a fork in it! You have no idea what left handed individuals have to deal with growing up. Things you found so simple was a struggle for us left handers. You feel different and left out. While teachers are teaching the class how to write properly as a right hanger, we left handers have to figure out how to imitate that image. It’s a struggle in a lot of ways, period.

  23. Moniel Says:

    I AM LEFT HANDED AND I GET A GRANT FOR IT GREAT!!!!!

  24. Karla Says:

    can someone please tell me where to find the sign in for the left handed scholarship

  25. dustin Says:

    I am i animal lover, specifically in reptiles, i know a lot about animals! been loving them since i was a little kid! i have a passion for them, i’m a left handed student, my brain works a little slower them everybody else, sometimes its really hard for me to learn. i use to be a special education student until junior year when i decided to move out because i wanted to be more challenged! and boy i got a challenge! Every thing was much harder without that special help, im very slow at test taking, with the class i had more time, but without that class i had the same time to take a test as everybody else. It had always been hard for me in school my whole life! everyday after school i would be so stress from all the work, one thing that would calm me down is my animals, my red tail boa and my dog!snakes, lizards,insects! i have always fascinated by them, even though i already know a lot about them, i wish i knew more!I think its very cool how a snake move, i wish i could move like them and fast too! I have two loving parents that support me with the things i do! without them i wouldn’t have the opportunity to interact with all these different types of animals.

  26. Alieyah Lorraine Johnson Says:

    I would just like to say, thank you for giving me a chance to be in college. Secondly, I would like to say that It’s amazing that left handed people aren’t casted out like they used to. I’m only in the 10th grade, but I believe that I should get my life started now. I used to be able to write with both hands until I got into an accident at the age of 9. I can’t use my right hand as much, so now I’m just a lefty. I am the only child in my family who is a lefty, except my mother, and my father is also amperdextrious. Our familys’ money is tight, and I was hoping on getting this grant to go to any college I wanted to. I want to go to UCLA in California, even though I’m from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It would be a terrific honor to have this grant. I am an A-B honor roll student, well known with the teachers, and is a Treasurer on the SGA. I really hope I can get this grant. Thank you for reading, have a blessed day.

  27. Evan Says:

    I had always heard that there was a grant for left handed individuals but could never find it until now. I am the first of anyone ever in my family to attend college. With a desire to be successful in life. Receiving this grant would of great help to me in pursuit of finishing my college education. I will be a senior when the fall 2013 semester begins and due to increases in tuition and maximum eligibility reached on other grants, this would be of great help.

  28. Nikki LaBruto Says:

    There is not many of us “left handed people” out there. I think this is great that there is a grant for being so. I remember being in elementary school and having my teacher at the time try and always switch my pencil to my right hand. I guess it never stuck. I am currently a senior in college at the University of Central Florida. I plan on graduating in May of 2014 with my Bachelors degree in psychology. I am currently studying to take my GRE for graduate school in October of this year. I intended on furthering my education and getting my Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling with a certificate in school counseling. I hope one day to open my own practice and work with children, possibly some “left handers.” Thank you so much for the opportunity!

  29. Jonathan Rich Says:

    My name is Jonathan. I want to go to college in Minnesota, I live in North Carolina and am a senior in high school. I work part time at McDonalds to help pay for my car. My father is a truck driver and my mother is a nurse they both are right handed. I am a lefty which I usually do not find to be a problem. My hand writing is the worse but I usually use a computer to write all my papers. I am active in my community, especially through church activities . I would really appreciate the chance to apply and receive a left handed scholarship .

  30. robert alln shristie Says:

    As some said in their comment; it is true about getting ink and pencil marks all over your side of your hand and wrist I think it as a God sent that they are offering a scholarships for people that are left handed. I also have a disease that is called C.M.T which effects your lower extremities and hands. I’ve been to numerous doctors , and they all said it gets progressively worse. but I’ve learned to adapt and deal with it. I realize, there are many other people out there who is in a lot worse position than I. and I am thankful I still have use of my hands. Thank you for listening…. Robert Allen Christie

  31. Andrea Caddick Says:

    My name is Andrea and I’m 29:
    Growing up for me wasn’t easy with ADHD and learning disabilities as well as being left handed. My Father didn’t want to believe that I was ill. He didn’t believe in the medication for someone in my condition, to take. So he tried to find activities to wear my hyper-activity out. He noticed how I took a great liking to the water and how it calmed me down. I spent many years on the swim team and as I grew older my passion for the water grew as well. When I was old enough I had applied to become a lifeguard; here is where I learned and respected the rules of the water. I remember when I graduated high school early, he was persistent in my looking further into commercial diving school. It has been my dream to become a commercial diver. After my father’s passing of terminal cancer I became very lost. I tried every type of career I thought that I would be good at; Culinary Arts, Arts & Crafts and Diesel Mechanics/Construction. All of these were very interesting and I did well but I was still not happy knowing the future of my career. I chose my “true” passion for my career and my future in the water – Commercial Diving. As this is my goal, I enrolled at The Ocean Corporation, here in Houston, TX. I know that if I am privileged to receive this grant/scholarship, I can and will encourage other individuals whom are lefty’s & struggle with disabilities to overcome them and seek out their dream. From the heart of one left handed person trying to better my future.

  32. Pierre Townsend Says:

    I would like to finish College with help I will get it done.

  33. Jeffry Bono Says:

    My name is Jeffrey and I’m a Born Lefty and proud of it. Exciting to see a scholarship that celebrates it as I do. I’m currently a High School Senior and hoping to go to college next year. I’m working hard to that goal and currently am maintaining a 3.5 to 4.0 average. My Mom is a Single Mom, raising myself and my younger brother. She works hard at supporting us and making ends meet. I hope to obtain financial aid in order to help with college expenses. I’m hoping some day to earn a degree in Business Management. This scholarship would go a long way with helping me achieve this goal.

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