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Martial Arts Scholarships

While you’re probably not going to receive much martial arts scholarship funding from your college because school-sponsored martial arts programs are so rare, the field is full of options outside of college-based awards for athletes interested in the martial arts. Local martial arts schools understand the lack of funding for the sport on the college level, and often hand out annual awards to their college-bound students. While these awards often require a minimum GPA, the competition for local scholarships will be much less fierce than that of college-based scholarships for more high profile sports.

If you’re serious about continuing your martial arts career in college and finding ways to participate in competitions while you’re there, consider colleges that either have a history in the sport or that have relationships with nearby martial arts schools. Many schools also have martial arts clubs for different disciplines like judo or karate, or even intramural teams that have an established connection to nearby schools and gyms. Once you’ve narrowed down your college choices, start contacting martial arts schools near your intended college to determine whether they have a scholarship program for students attending that nearby school.

Check out some examples of where to find martial arts scholarships below. For additional information about awards based on different criteria, try conducting a free college scholarship search at Scholarships.com.

College-Based Scholarships

If you plan on pursuing martial arts in college, your intended college could have funds and endowments set up by alumni who have participated in the sport before you ever set foot on that campus or in honor of relatives and important figures to your school. San Jose State University, for example, has the Swain Scholarship, the first major judo scholarship in the United States. Applicants must have at least started the application process to attend San Jose State University, and be outstanding athletes in judo. Make sure you do your research, and talk to your financial aid office and athletic departments about local and college-based awards you could be eligible for.

American Taekwondo Association H. U. Lee Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
The American Taekwondo Association established the H. U. Lee Scholarship Foundation in 1992 to honor its founder, Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee. Applicants will be considered for a scholarship between $1,000 and $3,000 if they are current high school seniors who:

-Graduate from an accredited high school with at least a 3.0 GPA
-Received a letter of acceptance form to an accredited U.S. [...] More

Helen Gee Chin Scholarship Foundation
Application Deadlines: June 15, Annually
Helen Gee Chin, wife of Master Calvin Chin, was the administrator at CCMAA for 15 years and a proponent of preserving the history and promoting the practice of traditional Chinese martial arts. The Helen Gee Chin Scholarship Foundation is a tribute to her life’s passion.

The Foundation offers college scholarships to encourage academic achievement and motivate individuals to become serious [...] More

Kyle R. Magoto Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
To be eligible for an award from the Kyle R. Magoto Scholarship Fund, applicants must be Russia High School (Shelby Co., Ohio) graduating seniors pursuing an associate or a bachelor's degree as a full-time student at an accredited educational institution. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and participated in at lease five (5) athletic seasons throughout high school.

Selection will be [...] More

Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: January 15, Annually
In 1988, the National Collegiate Athletic Association established the Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship Program as a means of recognizing the contributions of the former executive director through encouraging excellence in academic performance by student-athletes. Under this program, one male and one female student-athlete annually will be awarded a postgraduate scholarship in recognition of [...] More

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