Strike College with a Bowling Scholarship

If you are a sporty person who fancies bowling and desperate and determined enough to earn a college degree, you are in luck. There are actually a lot of bowling scholarships out there that you can avail of. The United States Bowling Congress (USBC) for one, has quite a lot under their sleeves, ready for the picking. Here are samples of the scholarships that the USBC offers:

The Gift for Life Scholarship

Every year, 12 scholarships of this kind are awarded to high school students who are very financially incapable that getting themselves a college degree would be impossible. This $1,000 worth of scholarship will be given to each of the selected group of 6 boys and 6 girls. They should be a Grade 9-12 high school student, with a 2.0 GPA or higher, a current member of the USBC and should have not participated in any professional bowling tournament (not including professional amateur tournaments).

In commemoration of the heroes of the September 11 tragedy, two of The Gift of Life Scholarships shall be given to a child of a fireman, a police officer, or a rescue personnel.

Who's Who Sports Edition All-Academic Bowling Team

For this category, another $1,000 worth of scholarship shall be given away to about 20 high school students who are currently in their junior or senior year, having a 3.0 GPA or higher, a current member of the USBC and have not participated in any professional bowling tournament (not including professional amateur tournaments). The 20 fortunate students who would qualify shall comprise a team. Aside from the scholarship, they shall also be given a special team award.

The criteria for selecting the All-Academic Bowling Team is based on the grades of each applicant, their commitment to their studies and the community, reference letters and an essay.

Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarship

Five of this scholarship, worth $5,000 each, are given every year to a high school senior or a college student, with a 2.5 GPA or higher, a current member of the USBC and has not participated in any professional bowling tournament (not including professional amateur tournaments). This recognition is given to any male or female student who is committed to the community, has considerable scholastic standing in both high school and college.

The Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarship is awarded by the USBC in recognition to the late bowler Earl Anthony. One of the great ambassadors of bowling, he is also a member of the Hall of Fame and a winner in various prestigious championships.

Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow Scholarship

Each year, only one lucky male senior high school student bowler shall be awarded this $1,500 worth scholarship. Candidates should be 22 years old and above, has a 2.5 GPA or higher, a current member of the USBC and participates in certified events, holds a 175 bowling score or more and has not participated in any professional bowling tournament (not including professional amateur tournaments). Criteria shall be based not only on an applicant's academic achievements or commitment to community but also on their local, state or national bowling performance.

The scholarship will be awarded during the USBC convention. USBC shall give the winner and parent/guardian an all-expense paid travel and lodging so they can personally accept the scholarship.

The Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow Scholarship can be renewed every three years, but shall be awarded to an individual only once in a lifetime. The USBC presents this scholarship in memory of the former Executive Director of the American Junior Bowling Congress and Young American Bowling Alliance.

Aside from the USBC, there are also colleges and universities that give out bowling scholarships. Some of them are:

Wichita State University

This bowling scholarship is available to any freshman who is attending Wichita State University, whether from in-state or out-of-state, or a transferee who displays exceptional academic and bowling skills. Since the scholarship depends upon the funding available, only an average of 15-25 scholarships are given out every year.

Each semester, an in-state scholar is given $650-$750, while an out-of-state scholar receives either $700, $1,400, $2,100 or $2,800. An out-of-state scholar's allotment largely depends upon the bowling skills and advancement and financial incapability.

University of Houston, Cougar Bowling Team Scholarships

There are a number of bowling scholarships that the University of Houston gives out. A number of 5-6 men and women shall be chosen from a tryout to comprise the traveling team. The scholarship to be awarded will amount to about $250 each semester. The number of scholars and the amount of scholarship will depend upon the funding that the university will receive.

The University of Houston has five honorary and/or memorial scholarships given to 5 varsity bowling players, who are chosen by the UH Bowling Scholarship Committee. They are: The William (Bill) Leach Memorial Scholarship, The Phil Tilotta Sr. Memorial Scholarship, The Michael Richard Memorial Scholarship, The Richard S. Gage Service Scholarship and The Stephen Charles Ballard Memorial Scholarship.

These are just a few of the bowling scholarships available out there. There are a whole lot more, especially from the colleges and universities. Whatever you choose, just bear in mind that it is a great opportunity that you have on your hands, so make the most out of it.