If you are a cheerleader, and you plan to attend the University of Kentucky, make sure that you try out for the cheerleading squad at the University. This will make you eligible for college cheerleading scholarships offered through the athletics department at the college. In fact, the program consists of many different cheerleader scholarships that are available for cheerleaders.
For example, the Blue Squad usually has twenty one members, and sixteen of those members will receive scholarships. The amounts of the cheer scholarships vary, but are usually the same amount as in-state tuition for a full time student. The amount, however, does not account for fees. Although the student can expect to have enough from the scholarship to cover their tuition, the actual amounts are determined by funds received through the President’s Office and the Athletics Association.
University cheerleading scholarships are also awarded through the Mr. and Mrs. Ralph McCracken, Jr. Cheerleading Scholarship Endowment fund. The amount and number of cheerleader scholarships available each year are determined by the interest that the fund has earned in the previous year, as this is how the program is funded. The awards are made on academic performance, and are only available to cheerleaders, whether they are on the Blue Squad or the White Squad. Most years, two University of Kentucky scholarships are awarded from this fund – one for a male and one for a female, and typically the male and female with the highest grade point average win these cheerleader scholarships. Additional scholarships are awarded through this fund as well, to cheerleaders who have at least a 3.0 GPA, although these awards are far less than the two main awards.
Cheerleaders at the college can also receive scholarships through the Bill Blount, Jr. Memorial Endowment. This endowment just gives one cheer scholarship per year, and that scholarship goes to the cheerleader who has the greatest financial need, as reflected through records kept at the Financial Aid Office.
There are additional private funds that come from individual donors for five or six other scholarships for cheerleading. These University of Kentucky scholarships are awarded in amounts ranging from $1000 to $1500, and again, they are only awarded to cheerleaders. The cheerleading coach recommends students for these awards, and consideration is given to financial need, as well as payment of out-of-state tuition.
It is important to know that none of the U of K scholarships that are offered through the various cheerleader funds at the University of Kentucky will exceed the cost of the student’s tuition, including room and board. This means that even if you win multiple scholarships through the school, the total amount of all scholarships combined will not be more than your tuition, room, and board.
As with most other cheerleading scholarships that are awarded by colleges and universities, you must make the cheerleading squad in order to be eligible for these awards. Furthermore, you must meet the eligibility requirements for the University of Kentucky to try out for the squad as well. So, if you’ve got what it takes to be a University of Kentucky Cheerleader, and you need help paying for college, make sure that you meet the eligibility requirements for trying out, and find out when and where tryouts will be held as soon as possible.
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