Cheerleading Scholarships from SMCC

SMCC Cheerleading Scholarships

Although Southwest Mississippi is a community college, it has one of the best cheerleading programs in the country and also has one of the best cheerleading scholarships in the country as well, which makes it a favored first choice college choice for many high school senior cheerleaders.

Each year, the cheer squad at SMCC is made up of a co-ed team consisting of fourteen members, and one mascot. Each member of the squad, including the mascot, receives full tuition cheer scholarships for four semesters – which is two years of school. Because SMCC is a community college, you would be transferring to a four year school at that point. So essentially, your first two years of college are completely paid for simply because you are a cheerleader.

With that said, however, as the recipient of a cheerleader scholarship through the school, you will only remain eligible for those funds as long as you completely fulfill your duties and responsibilities as a SMCC cheerleader. You also need to be aware that if you receive other types of financial aid, that aid is considered first, before the amount of your cheerleading scholarship is considered.

The school also helps cheerleaders financially by providing all uniforms, shoes, megaphone, pom-poms, and other required equipment. However, each cheerleader is also awarded $80 for camp and gym fees.

SMCC cheerleaders must be full time students, and they absolutely must have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA. The GPA is figured only on course work completed at SMCC. If you are coming to SMCC as a cheerleader after the completion of high school, you only need to be accepted by the college in order to be eligible. If you are a transfer student, however, your GPA from your transferring school will be used, until such time that you complete enough course work at SMCC.

Additionally, each member of the cheerleading squad must have their own health insurance, and provide the school with proof of insurance before you will even be allowed to tryout for the squad. Cheerleaders who work are still required to attend all practices and events. Unfortunately, missing practice or events due to work is not excused, and this could cost you your spot on the team, as well as your cheerleading scholarship.

As you can see, there are many reasons why it pays to be a cheerleader at SMCC – with the cheerleading scholarships being the biggest and best reason. But, before you can take advantage of any of it, you must make the team. In order to try out, you must first apply to and be accepted by the college. However, you do not have to make a prior commitment to attend the college. This is important, in the event that you do not make the squad, and you need to try out at other schools for the purpose of obtaining a cheerleading scholarship.

Finally, if you wish to try out for the SMCC cheerleading program, so that you can take advantage of the full tuition cheerleading scholarships that are available, you must fill out an application for the cheerleading squad, and that application must be received at least one week prior to tryouts, which are held either in March or April of each year.