The increase in educational costs is alarming, and the worst part of it is that it’s not the only expense increasing in price, even the cost of living is not getting cheaper. And, to add to the burden, salaries and wages are not increasing alongside, sometimes we are forced to work more than we planned to just meet up with the basic needs we were easily affording, years ago.
The bright side is that you can get scholarships for basically anything nowadays, there are exclusive scholarships for anything no matter how weird the name is. Starting from scholarships for black people that are unclaimed – imagine such a weird scholarship – or even hiking scholarships.
Above all these financial aids, I believe the one we should focus on should be fencing scholarships, which will help students that have passion and are good at fencing (to some extent). Who are ready for collegiate fencing and even intend to compete in the NCAA Fencing Championship.
One of the things you should know is that college fencing scouting is very competitive, they are not just looking for skilled fencers, but those that have a lot of future potential. It’s best to attend a college fencing camp to increase your chances of being recruited and also increase your chance of winning scholarships with your team.
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There are few fencing financial aid, and getting one of them is very competitive, and will even go further to demand minimum GPA. This is mostly because fencing sports is not found in many colleges, which also means that when the sport continues to grow, we’ll see more scholarships.
1. Absolute Fencing Gear All-Academic Team and Scholarships
Absolute Fencing Gear is partnering with USA Fencing to recognize young fencers who have excelled in high school with All-Academic Team honors. The crazy part is that it requires applicants to have almost a perfect GPA, their minimum GPA is 3.85 to be named to the All-Academic First Team.
They still have second-team athletes which includes students with GPAs of 3.4 – 3.84. All-Academic Team program will receive $10,000 in scholarships which $4,000 will be distributed to one female and one male applicant based on both their GPA and essay. Two additional applicants will receive $1,000 each based on their submitted essays.
2. Truro School Fencing Scholarships
Truro School awards a small number of Fencing Scholarships for Athletes entering at 11+, 13+, and 16+. Candidates must first be registered with the school before submitting a fencing scholarship application.
Scholars are supported through a top-class program of international quality coaching and training, access to specialized fencing facilities, and a professional strength and conditioning program. Also, they will be supported by information, lectures, and advice on sports nutrition, lifestyle management, and additional academic monitoring and tracking.
3. The Coaches Dr. Robert Tyler, Ph.D., and Mike Dowhower Fencing Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the University of Maryland Fencing Team alumni. The scholarship supports current Fencing Club members and honors Coaches Tyler and Dowhower for their dedication and significant contributions to fencing at Maryland.
4. SJCF Stockton Student Athletes Scholarship Fund
This is another fencing scholarship for graduating high school seniors that resides in the city of Stockton, California. The awards range from hundreds to thousands of dollars and target students based on career interests and educational goals.
5. Arnold Fencing Classic Scholarship
This is among the fencing scholarships that require candidates to be competing in the Arnold Fencing Classic. You also need to be a U.S. citizen and be between the ages of 13 and 18 years old.
Winners will be chosen based on competitive participation and success in fencing, academic achievement, personal essay, and letter of recommendation.
6. Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program
If you’re a student-athlete that is doing well academically, in leadership, and athletically including in fencing, you should take advantage of the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program. You don’t need to be the best fencer in your team to apply, even if you bring some level of motivation to your team, you’re eligible.
20 Foot Locker Scholar Athletes, depending on their college program, can receive up to $20,000 in college scholarship money for their excellence in school, on their sports teams, and in their communities. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is good enough to apply.
7. Kylie Murray Memorial Flight Training Scholarship
This scholarship is not just for fencers, but for a student-athlete lady between the ages of 16 to 19 that is interested in pursuing a career in aviation, including but not limited to; aviation management, professional flight, aviation maintenance, aeronautical engineering, etc.
The scholarship is administered through the EAA chapter network and was created in Kylie Murray’s name to honor her legacy.
As I said earlier, there are just a few fencing scholarships, and it’s basically because the sport is not found in many higher institutions. Also, to increase your result, you can contact the coaches of the fencing school you’re applying to, or intend to study.
To add to these scholarships, there are other ways to fund your college education, and we’ll list them in the recommendation session.