Colleges with Male Cheerleading Scholarships

By Kate Hickman

While cheerleading is not yet a sponsored sport by the NCAA, NAIA or NJCAA, there are many scholarship opportunities available for male cheerleaders. Scholarship opportunities are decided and allocated by the school, and can be given in the form of tuition scholarships, book/housing scholarships or stipends. Male cheerleaders are critical to a cheer squad and harder to come by, therefore there is certainly a wealth of financial assistance available for the aspiring collegiate male cheerleader.

College Tuition Scholarships

The colleges listed below by state offer tuition scholarships for cheerleaders. These scholarships range from $250 a semester to full tuition scholarships:

Alabama: Faulkner State University, Huntingdon College, University of North Alabama, University of West Alabama

Arkansas: University of Central Arkansas, Arkansas Tech University, Harding University

California: California Baptist University

Colorado: Western State College of Colorado

Delaware: University of Delaware

Florida: University of Central Florida, University of Florida

Georgia: Colombus State University, Shorter College

Hawaii: Hawaii Pacific University, University of Hawaii

Idaho: College of Southern Idaho

Indiana: Grace College, Indiana Tech, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marian College, Trine University

Iowa: AIB College of Business, Waldorf College

Kansas: Bethany College, Emporia State University, Mid America Nazarene University, McPherson College, University of Kansas

Kentucky: University of Kentucky

Louisiana: Louisiana State University, Southern Louisiana University, University of Louisiana at Monroe

Mississippi: Delta State University, Mississippi State University, University of Mississippi

Missouri: Mineral Area College, Missouri Southern State University, Missouri State University West Plains, Southern Missouri State

Montana - Montana State University of Billings, University of Montana

Nebraska - Doane College, Hastings College

New Mexico - Eastern New Mexico University

New York - St. John's University

North Carolina - Catawba College, Fayetteville State University, Greensboro College, Methodist University, UNC Charlotte,

South Carolina - Dickinson State University

Ohio - Central State University

Oklahoma - Carl Albert State College, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Oral Roberts University, University of Tulsa

South Dakota: University of Sioux Falls

Tennessee: Carson-Newman College, Lincoln Memorial University, Middle Tennessee State University, Milligan College, Tennessee Tech, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Texas: Angelo State University, Kilgore College, Midwestern State University, South Plains College, Stephen F. Austin University, University of North Texas

Virginia: Liberty University, University of Virginia at Wise

West Virginia: University of Charleston

Books and Housing Scholarships

The schools listed below offer scholarships that are specifically dedicated towards full or partial book and/or housing expenses:

  • University of Arkansas
  • Fort Hays State University (dorm-reduction)
  • University of Maryland (full book scholarships)
  • Blinn College
  • San Jacinto College
  • Eastern Wyoming College

Cheerleading Stipends

The schools listed below offer financial aid through stipends. These stipends are rewarded to cheerleaders for their contribution to the school by helping them cover the costs of certain aspects of their education. Stipends tend to be given per semester and are rewarded to cheerleaders upon making the squad after tryouts:

  • Auburn University
  • University of Georgia
  • Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College

Community College Scholarships

Many community colleges also offer scholarships to male cheerleaders:

  • Gadsden State Community College
  • Colby Community College
  • Dodge City Community College
  • Shelton State Community College
  • Wallace State Community College
  • Labette Community College
  • Northwest Mississippi Community College
  • Southwest Mississippi Community College
  • Salt Lake Community College

Additional Notes

Please note that this list is subject to change based on the preferences and allocations of each school. Scholarships are allocated in a large range of amounts. Contact the cheer program at the schools of specific interest to gain clarity on the financial assistance available. To find the appropriate contact information, visit the website of the cheerleading program through the college's athletics or student activities page.

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About the Author

Based in Annapolis, Md., Kate Hickman has been involved with sports management since graduating from Vanderbilt University in 2006. Author of a holistic recruiting manual for high school athletes, a monthly e-publication through her business, Balance Lacrosse, and a monthly contributor to Lacrosse Magazine, Hickman has a thorough understanding of all things sports.

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