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The Patrick Kerr Skateboard Scholarship

January 2, 2008

by Kevin Ladd

Do you love to skateboard? Even thought you aren’t likely to find a college with an officially sanctioned skateboarding team, your appreciation for skateboarding can help you pay for college. The Patrick Kerr Skateboard Scholarship program is open to all graduating US high school seniors who are skateboarders and have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher (4.0 scale).

A total of four scholarships are awarded each year, with one valued at $5,000 and the others valued at $1,000 each. The deadline for the 2008/2009 scholarship program is April 20, 2008. Applicants must submit a complete application package by the deadline. Required documentation includes letters of recommendation, an official high school transcript, information about how the applicant has promoted the sport of skateboarding in his or her community, an essay about how skateboarding has had a positive impact on the applicant’s life and other information. Complete application details are available at www.skateboardscholarship.org.

The Patrick Kerr Skateboard Scholarship fund was established by a group of mothers of young skateboarders, in memory of Patrick Kerr, an honor student and skateboarding activist from Philadelphia. The board of trustees for the scholarship program includes several professional skateboarders, including Tony Hawk, Jen O’Brien, Ricky Oyola and Mike Vallely.


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